Swimmer Zac Stubblety-Cook breaks an Olympic record to win GOLD in the 200m breaststroke – but bad news ladies, the heartthrob is off the market
Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook has won gold and broken an Olympic record in the men’s 200m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Games – as the Australian swimmers continue to dominate in the pool.
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.
Australian Zac Stubblety-Cook has won gold and broken an Olympic record in the men’s 200m breaststroke final at the Tokyo Games
The Queenslander is congratulated by the Dutchman Arno Kamminga after winning gold in the breaststroke final
Stubblety-Cook is seen with his girlfriend. The 22-year-old has won gold and broken the Olympic record
Stubblety-Cook made his debut for the Australian Dolphins at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and took silver in the 200m breaststroke in Tokyo at the Pan Pacific Championships a year later.
The youngster put in an impressive performance during the Olympic selection trials in Adelaide in June, setting the second fastest time ever at two minutes and 6.28 seconds.
The only swimmer to beat him is Anton Chupkov of the Russian Olympic Committee, who also swam for gold on Thursday morning.
In addition to his iconic name, Stubblety-Cook has also caught the eye of Aussies who watch from home for his good looks.
‘I objectify the male swimmers on my TV. This guy specifically,” one woman tweeted with a picture of Stubblety-Cook in his swimmers.
“And the gold medal for best Olympic name goes to… Zac Stubblety-Cook of the Australian swim team. Congratulations Zac!’ said another.
“Zac Stubblety-Cook sounds like a nursery rhyme,” one tweeted.
Zac Stubblety-Cook is seen for his 200m breaststroke semifinal at the Tokyo Olympics
The 22-year-old from Queensland was a favorite to win after taking first place in his semi-final with the fastest time of two minutes 7.35 seconds
In addition to his iconic name, Stubblety-Cook has also caught the eye of Aussies who watch from home for his good looks, with one woman tweeting a photo of Zac in his swimmers.
“Besides having a brilliant name, Zac Stubblety-Cook is as good at men’s swimming as anyone,” said another swimming fan.
“There will never be an Olympic swimmer with a nicer name to say.”
The 22-year-old joins a long list of other Australian swimmers taking home the gold from the Tokyo Olympics.
Ariarne Titmus won gold in both the 200m freestyle and 400m freestyle, beating American champion Katie Ledecky.
Kaylee McKeown also took the win and an Olympic record in the 100-meter backstroke final.