Australia’s women’s 4x200m relay team takes bronze after being stunned by China in an extraordinary underdog Olympic victory
- Australia stunned in the women’s 4x200m freestyle final vrije
Australia was stunned in the final of the women’s 4x200m freestyle, with China and the US chasing the strong favorites and the country’s Golden Girls.
Ariarne Titmus led the race confusingly, followed by sprint queen Emma McKeon, Leah Neal and Madison Wilson – none of whom could be seen in the heat.
Australian swimming legend Ian Thorpe said he was “a little curious” about the team’s order just before the race, with Titmus starting, and China leading after the first substitution.
McKeon took over and had overtaken her Chinese opponent within the first 50 meters, but China was still in the lead halfway through with both teams well ahead of the world record time.
Wilson still handed Neal behind China for the final change, with Ledecky trying to overtake driving.
Neal couldn’t beat the Chinese and Americans, with the Aussies ravaged behind the blocks.
Kyle Chalmers, who backed into the stands less than an hour before their relay in a agonizing 0.06 second behind American Caeleb Dressel in the 100-meter freestyle, as the girls took home another gold medal.
Ariarne Titmus has continued her utter domination over American legend Katie Ledecky who anchors Australia to gold in the 4x200m relay
The foursome won second place by a narrow margin over China, despite replacing all four members due to their dominant qualifying performance in the heats.
Molly O’Callaghan, just 17 years old, was unlucky enough to miss the final after setting the 18th fastest time in history in their heat.
McKeon has already won gold with the women’s 4x100m relay team and is the hottest favorite to win the individual 100m race as she pursues immortality.
The 27-year-old needs two more medals to tie Ian Thorpe as Australia’s most decorated Olympian, with three events to go.
Titmus, meanwhile, will face Ledecky one more time for the 800m freestyle as she looks set to make it a clean sweep.
Australian sprint king Kyle Chalmers has finished second in the 100m freestyle final with American Kyle Dressel taking gold
Dressel claimed gold 0.06 seconds ahead of Chalmers in the 100m freestyle final
Earlier, Australian sprint king Chalmers hit the wall by a painful 0.06 seconds behind American Caeleb Dressel to finish second in the 100m freestyle final.
Chalmers, who came out of nowhere to win gold as an 18-year-old at the 2016 Rio Olympics, wanted to become the first Aussie to repeat himself as the fastest man in the water.
Chalmers said this morning he revisited his 100m freestyle win at the 2016 Olympics ahead of the race for inspiration as he tried to pull off the historic feat.
The 23-year-old from Port Lincoln hit the US world champion with a fingernail for Australia’s second silver medal at the Tokyo Games.
“Obviously winning isn’t everything… but it’s pretty nice,” the defeated swimmer said after the race. “If the games were last year, I wouldn’t be here.”
“I am grateful for the support, my family and friends who have been there from day one. They’ve always been there for me.’
The Aussies have continued to dominate the group with Zac Stubblety-Cook winning gold in the 200m breaststroke final on Thursday.
Australian Zac Stubblety-Cook has won gold and broken an Olympic record in the men’s 200m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Games
Zac Stubblety-Cook won gold earlier Thursday and broke an Olympic record in the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final.
The 22-year-old from Queensland hit the wall in record time at two minutes and 6.38 seconds followed closely behind Dutchman Arno Kamminga and Finnish swimmer Matti Mattsson.
Stubblety-Cook was a favorite to win after taking first place in the semifinals with the fastest time of two minutes, 7.35 seconds.
Since the previous Games in Tokyo in 1964, no Australian had won the final of the 200-meter breaststroke at the Olympic Games.
Speaking after his sensational dive to Channel 7, Stubblety-Cook said he was “lost” while his family and long-term girlfriend Ella Martinkovic cheered him on from home.
“Unbelievable, I wouldn’t be here without their support, but it’s been five tough years and honestly I can’t put it into words,” he said.