Tokyo, Jul 27 (EFE) .- The very young American Lydia Jacoby, only 17 years old, starred in the big surprise of the day at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, after winning this Tuesday in a final of the 100 breaststroke in which the also American Lilly King, the great favorite, had to settle for the bronze medal.
It was useless for King, the universal record holder, to arrive in the Japanese capital with the best world record of the year in order to revalidate the gold medal that he won five years ago in Rio.
And it is that at the moment of truth Lilly King could not resist the brilliant final attack of Jacoby, who already made history last June in the ‘trials’ after becoming the first swimmer from Alaska to be part of the American Olympic team swimming.
A feat to which Lydia Jacoby, who could not hide her surprise after seeing the final results on the scoreboard, added that of becoming, nothing more and nothing less, an Olympic champion.
I pray that the young Jacoby after starring in a sensational last feature in which the American went from third to first place, after first surpassing Lilly King and later South African Tatjana Schoenmaker, the other great candidate for gold.
But neither King nor Schoenmaker, who set a new Olympic record in the preliminaries, could prevent the triumph of Lydia Jacoby, who took victory with a time of 1: 04.95 minutes.
Twenty-seven hundredths less than the South African Schoenmaker, who took the silver with a time of 1: 05.22, and half a second less than her compatriot Lilly King, who had to settle for the bronze with a mark of 1: 05.54. EFE
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