Japan’s Yui Ohashi dethroned Hungarian 400m medley queen Katinka Hosszu Sunday as Tunisia gained a uncommon swimming gold medal and Australia’s all-conquering ladies’s 4x100m relay crew smashed their very own world file. Veteran Hosszu gained three golds and a silver at Rio in 2016, shattering the 400m medley world mark to cement her place as one of many world’s high swimmers. However she certified solely seventh quickest for the ultimate on the Tokyo Aquatic Heart and, racing in lane one, was no match for an electrical Ohashi who shocked the sector to clinch the title. The 25-year-old, who was solely sixth quickest on the planet this yr coming into the occasion, turned in a scorching breaststroke leg to take cost, touching in 4mins 32.08 secs. US pair Emma Weyant (4:32.76) and Hali Flickinger (4:34.90) took silver and bronze with Hosszu, in her fifth Olympics, fading to fifth.
“I swam believing in myself. I actually didn’t consider profitable the gold,” mentioned a disbelieving Ohashi. “Lots of people supported me in order that I might exert all my power. I actually respect it. I had an gratifying race. It’s nonetheless like a dream.”
Nicknamed the “Iron Girl”, Hosszu can nonetheless get herself on the Olympic podium once more, having a gruelling Tokyo schedule that additionally contains the 200m medley, 200m backstroke and 200m butterfly.
Tunisian teenager Ahmed Hafnaoui additionally pulled off a significant upset to win the lads’s 400 metre freestyle.
Within the absence of defending champion Mack Horton, who did not qualify, and China’s Solar Yang, the 2012 London champion who’s serving a doping ban, the 18-year-old capitalised.
He raced a storming last 50m to the touch in 3:43.36 and overhaul Australian Jack McLoughlin (3:43.52) and US swimmer Kieran Smith (3:43.94).
It was a significant breakthrough for the younger gun, who has little pedigree on the world stage.
“I simply cannot consider that, it is superb. I felt higher within the water this morning than yesterday and that is it. I am the Olympic champion now,” he mentioned.
“I simply put my head within the water and that is it. I simply cannot consider it. It is a dream come true.”
It was Tunisia’s first ever Olympic medal within the occasion and simply their third gold in swimming after Ous Mellouli made podiums in 2008 and 2012.
– Dominant –
Gold medal glory for the Australian relay squad was by no means unsure after they certified for the ultimate almost two seconds away from The Netherlands.
Since taking almost a full second off a super-suited world file in 2014, they’ve been dominant, profitable the 2 earlier Olympic golds, the 2019 world championships whereas setting two extra world data in 2016 and 2018.
They usually added to their wonderful haul Sunday.
Emma McKeon swum the fifth quickest relay break up in historical past over leg three to drag them clear after Bronte Campbell and Meg Harris gave them an honest begin.
Dash veteran Cate Campbell then introduced the crew house in 3:29.69 secs to higher their very own mark set three years in the past.
In the meantime, Rio Olympic runner-up Chase Kalisz went one higher to say gold within the males’s 400m particular person medley for the US.
He led by a body-length after 300 metres and got here house strongly in 4mins 09.42secs forward of second-placed compatriot Jay Litherland (4:10.28) and Australia’s Brendon Smith (4:10.38)
“It means the world. That is the very last thing I actually needed to perform in my swimming profession,” mentioned Kalisz, who made essentially the most of defending champion Kosuke Hagino opting to not swim the occasion on house soil.
“It was a dream of mine since so long as I can keep in mind.”
Adam Peaty’s drive to develop into the primary British swimmer to efficiently defend an Olympic title was ramped up a notch when he hit the wall in 57.63 to guide the lads into the 100m breaststroke last on Monday.
Dutchman Arno Kamminga was second quickest in 58.19.
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