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Caeleb Dressel Wins 2 More Golds; U.S. Swimmers Finish with 30 Medals

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Tokyo Olympics Swimming
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On the last night of swimming at the Tokyo Olympics, the Americans won four more medals — setting records in two events — to finish with 30 medals overall: 11 gold, 10 silver and nine bronze.

Caeleb Dressel won two more golds, giving him five in these Games and seven overall, while Bobby Finke picked up his second gold in the 1500m. Dressel and the rest of the men’s 4x100m medley relay capped off the night in world record style, while the U.S. women picked up silver in their medley relay.

Here’s a full rundown of the night’s races:

Dressel Wins 50m Freestyle, Sets Olympic Record

Dressel set a new Olympic record to win the gold medal in the men’s 50m freestyle final on Saturday night. He also won the 100m butterfly and 100m freestyle in Tokyo. Michael Phelps and Mark Spitz are the only other male swimmers to win gold in three individual events at one Games.

France’s Florent Manaudou came in second place for the silver while Brazil’s Bruno Fratus took home the bronze. American Michael Andrew finished just off the podium in fourth.

Finke Wins 1500m to Sweep Freestyle Distance Races

Team USA’s Bobby Finke won gold in the men’s 1500m freestyle, while Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine took silver and Florian Wellbrock of Germany took bronze.

Finke came from behind on the final lap like he did when he won gold in the 800m freestyle.

As he said after the 1500m, “I texted my coach after the 800, telling him he has no idea I had him yelling at me in my head to switch gears for that last 50. That’s where I got it — my coaches constantly yelling at me to come home.”

 

Fellow distance swimmer Katie Ledecky congratulated him:

Australia Takes Gold in Women’s 4x100m Medley Relay Final 

Australia’s team won the gold medal and set the Olympic record of 3:51.60 in the women’s 4×100 medley relay final. The United States won the silver medal and Canada took the bronze.

Australia’s team was made up of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell. Team USA’s Olympians in the race were Regan Smith, Lydia Jacoby, Torri Huske and Abbey Weitzeil. Canada’s team was made up of Kylie Masse, Sydney Pickrem, Margaret Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak.

The United States previously held both the world record and the Olympic record in the women’s 4×100 medley relay. Team USA set the world record of 3:50.40 in 2019 and set the prior Olympic record of 3:52.05 in London 2012.

U.S. Men Win Gold in 4x100m Medley Relay

The U.S. men broke the world record to win gold in the 4x100m medley relay, a race they have won every time they’ve entered it. The team was made up of Ryan Murphy, Andrew, Dressel and Zach Apple. The new world record is 3:26.78.

The silver went to Great Britain, and the bronze to Italy.

Emma McKeon of Australia Wins 6th and 7th Medals, Ties Record

McKeon won the gold medal in the women’s 50m freestyle final. She also won gold in the medley relay to finish her Games with seven medals, which ties her for the most medals at a single Olympics by a woman. Maria Gorokhovskaya, a Soviet gymnast, also had seven medals back in 1952 at the Helsinki Games.

Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden took the silver while Canada’s Pernille Blume took the bronze. Weitzeil placed eighth.

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