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China win Olympic gold in world-record freestyle relay to stun Australia and US

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hina surprised Australia and the USA to win gold in an epic ladies’s 4x200m freestyle remaining as all three international locations dipped below the earlier world document.

Australia had come into the race because the red-hot favourites, having damaged the world document when taking gold on the 2019 World Championships and certified quickest for the ultimate regardless of resting their star quartet – together with double particular person gold medallist Ariarne Titmus – for the heats.

Instead, they have been locked in an exciting tussle with China over the primary 600m, a battle which regarded set to determine gold till American nice Katie Ledecky swam an outrageous 1:53.76 remaining leg – the quickest of the race by half-a-second – to separate them and take the silver.

Caeleb Dressel had been slated because the potential star of those Games within the pool, however the programme has compelled the American to bide his time over the primary half of the meet. However, he made up for misplaced time, breaking the Olympic document within the males’s 100m freestyle to win the fourth gold of his profession however first in a person occasion.

Gold for Dressel

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He could have loads of alternative for extra over the approaching days, with the 50m freestyle, 100m butterfly and medley relays nonetheless to return.

Great Britain, in the meantime, are having fun with they most profitable Olympics within the pool since 1908, following gold medals from Adam Peaty, Tom Dean and the boys’s 4x200m quartet of Dean, Matt Richards, James Guy and Duncan Scott – who has additionally gained particular person silver – and there have been hopes that James Wilby might add to the haul within the males’s 200m breaststroke however he might solely end sixth.

The 27-year-old had certified second-fastest after an aggressive swim in his semi, through which he was virtually a second below world document tempo on the midway stage.

That tempo regarded positively pedestrian tempo in comparison with the tempo set by Arno Kamminga, who was greater than two seconds inside world document tempo after 100m and nonetheless a full physique size up with 50m to go, solely to be sniped by Australia’s Izaac Stubbelty-Cook on the ultimate size, with Wilby greater than a second exterior the medals.

Luke Greenbank will as an alternative hope to choose up the medal mantle tomorrow morning after the world bronze medalist gained his 200m backstroke semi-final, whereas Scott will likely be on the hunt for extra silverware after doing likewise within the males’s 200m particular person medley.

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