The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were in full swing this weekend, with a large number of athletes winning medals. On Sunday, there were a slew of events for swimming, with multiple Americans winning medals.
In a major upset, Australian Ariarne Titmus beat out arguably the greatest female swimmer of all time, American Katie Ledecky, in the 400 M Women’s Freestyle Final. This race was seen as Ledecky’s toughest to win in the events she’s competing in, according to ESPN. Ledecky is a former five-time Olympic gold medalist but earned the silver medal in Sunday’s race. She actually swam her second fastest time career time, but it wasn’t enough to dethrone Titmus, who was firing on all cylinders, and her coach seemed even more ecstatic than she was. The loss was the first time that Ledecky had not finished with a gold medal in an individual event.
Despite the loss, Ledecky was in high spirits after the race, showing her class and humility by applauding Titmus’ performance. Ledecky stormed back on Monday to win her heat, and set a new Olympic record, in the 1500 M Freestyle Preliminary swim. She will compete in the finals for the gold in the 1500 M on Tuesday.
On the women’s side, fellow swimmer Regan Smith set a new Olympic record in the semifinals of the 100 M Backstroke. She will compete in the finals of the event on Monday night.
The men came out swinging in the 4×100 M Men’s Freestyle Relay. Caeleb Dressel, who many are projecting to have an amazing Olympic run, kicked it off in fine fashion, swimming the first leg of the race and giving the US a sizeable lead at the start. Blake Pieroni and Bowe Becker swam second and third, respectively, dipping off a little bit to bring the race closer for the other countries. Then, Zach Apple closed out the race with a stellar performance that pulled the team to a gold medal win. Italy came in second for the silver, and Australia finished with the bronze in third place.
In these Olympics, the US currently has won seven gold medals, three silvers, and four bronze medals. China is currently leading the Games with 18 overall medals. But Monday marks the start of the first full week of the Tokyo Olympics, so there are still plenty of events and medals to be won.