Lydia Jacoby – 17-year-old female athlete from Alaska, USA – won a gold medal in the 100m breaststroke in swimming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, on the morning of July 27.

Teenage swimmer wins shocking gold

Jacoby is the first Alaskan swimmer to be called up to the US Olympic team. At the first Olympics, the 17-year-old swimmer surpassed his compatriot Lilly King as well as the brightest candidate Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa). Jacoby won the gold medal in the women’s 100m frog with a time of 1 minute 4 seconds 95.

The city of Seward, where Jacoby lives, has just over 2,700 inhabitants. The high school student was the first athlete from Alaska to win the Olympics. Jacoby’s feat saved the day for the not-so-successful day of American swimming. Before the teenage talent brought home the gold medal, her countrymen won only two bronze medals on the green track in the morning.

In the women’s 100m breaststroke, Schoenmaker holds the Olympic record and has the best finish in qualifying, while Lilly King holds the world record and is the 2016 Rio Olympic champion. The duo leads the majority of the final swims. , but Jacoby sped in the last meters and finished first.

“I knew I could win a medal, but I didn’t expect it to be a gold medal,” Jacoby said after the historic feat. “So when I finished swimming and looked at the leaderboard, I felt really excited.”

Jacoby's shocked face when he heard that he won the gold medal.  Photo: AP

Jacoby’s shocked expression when he heard that he won the gold medal. Photo: AP

In addition to swimming, Jacoby is also highly regarded in the field of music. She sings well, and can play drums, guitar and piano. Jacoby also writes well, with many articles published in school and regional journals. During the pandemic, the swimming pools in Seward were closed, so her mother rented an apartment with a pool for Jacoby to practice for the Olympics.

In the men’s 100m frog content, which also took place on the morning of July 27, the US lost the gold medal for the first time after 29 years. Ryan Murphy was turned into a former king, when he finished third with 52 seconds 19, behind two athletes from the Russian Olympic Committee. Evgeny Rylov won the gold, with a time of 51 seconds 98.

Nhan Dat (follow AP)

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