Tokyo Olympics: Japan’s Ohashi Yui claims gold in women’s 400m medley final

Japan’s Ohashi Yui claims gold in the women’s 400m individual medley final, with Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger, the team USA duo that took silver and bronze… but Britain’s Aimee Willmott finished seventh in a grueling race

Japanese home favorite Ohashi Yui came out on top in the women’s 400m individual medley final and won a stunning gold medal.

Yui led the way, taking the host nation’s first gold from this year’s Olympics in the pool, while Team USA took silver and bronze.

Emma Weyant finished second with Hali Flickinger narrowly behind in third but Britain’s Aimee Willmott finished seventh.

Japan’s Ohashi Yui has come out on top in the women’s 400m medley final in Tokyo

Willmott was second fastest in the final and gave her a favorable track, but after a mixed butterfly leg, she started to struggle.

At the halfway point, she was in fifth place and still had hopes for a medal, but a grueling final leg eventually saw the order drop.

In the end, it was Yui who triumphed with a time of 4:32.08, after jumping out of the pitfalls to take the lead everywhere.

Team GB's Aimee Willmott finished seventh after falling off the field in a grueling final leg

Team GB’s Aimee Willmott finished seventh after falling off the field in a grueling final leg

Weyant took silver in 4:32.76 and compatriot Flickinger took bronze in 4:34.90.

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