US teen Lydia Jacoby wins Olympic women’s 100m breaststroke gold
The 17-year-old swam a scintillating final 50m to touch in 1min 04.95sec and edge South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker (1:05.22) into second, with King having to settle for bronze in 1:05.54.
“It was crazy. I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew that I had it in me,” said Jacoby.
“I wasn’t really expecting a gold medal. So, when I looked up and saw that scoreboard I was insane.”
Schoenmaker surprisingly started the race as the fastest qualifier after setting a new Olympic record in the heats.
And she looked destined for gold medal glory at the turn. But Jacoby found some devastating speed to haul her in, leaving King in their wake.
“I’m surprisingly OK right now. I’m very happy with my race and so excited for Lydia,” said King.
“I mean, I love to see the future of American breaststroke coming up like this.”
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