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Zhang Yufei takes over from Mireia Belmonte as queen of the 200 female butterfly


Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei at Tokyo 2020.

Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei at Tokyo 2020.
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The Chinese swimmer Zhang Yufei became this Thursday in Olympic champion of the 200 meters butterfly taking the throne of the Spanish Mireia Belmonte, who did not defend her title in Tokyo 2020, after winning a final disputed at the Tokyo Aquatic Center that she dominated with great authority.

Belmonte, who won gold five years ago with a time of 2: 04.85, decided to focus on other events and not participate in the 200 butterfly, a discipline that has a new queen since Thursday. The Chinese Yufei became the owner before reaching the equator of it and did not let go of the lead in a high-level race.

Yufei stopped the clock at 2: 03.86, new Olympic record after unseating the mark of her compatriot Jiao Liuyang, in force since London 2012. Silver and bronze went to Americans Regan Smith (2: 05.30) and Hali Flickinger (2: 05.65), respectively.

Caeleb Dressel wins the free 100

The American swimmer Caeleb Dressel won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle event after beating Australian Kyle Chalmers in an exciting duel. In one of the events that attracts the most attention in the pool, the American achieved his first individual Olympic gold metal by taking the throne from the oceanic, champion five years ago in Rio de Janeiro. Dressel dominated this final from start to finish and had the strength to endure the grand finale in Chalmers and winning by just six hundredths (47.02 to 47.08), while the bronze medal went to Russian Kliment Kolesnikov.

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Stubblety-Cook, gold and Olympic record in 200 breaststroke

In the 200 meters breaststroke, the australian swimmer Izaac Stubblety-Cook has been proclaimed champion after winning the final with a time of 2: 06.38, a record that represents the best mark of history in all the Olympic events. Stubblety-Cook, who had starred in exciting series finals, did not fail the predictions and showed his great moment of form with an unappealable victory in the double hectometer breaststroke. His time ends with the Olympic record of the Japanese Ippei Watanabe (2: 07.22), set five years ago in Rio.

The silver medal went to the Dutch Arno Kamminga (2: 07.01) and the bronze belonged to the Finn Matti Mattsson, who set a time of 2: 07.13.

Robert Finke takes the 800 free

The American swimmer Robert Finke has taken the gold medal in the 800 freestyle after winning a very close final, played this Thursday at the Tokyo Aquatic Center. The 21-year-old distance champion in the United States reigned in the 800 freestyle with a time of 7: 41.87, beating the Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, who won 1,500m in Rio 2016, after a very tight finish after the good start of the Carpi swimmer (7: 42.11).

The bronze medal went to the Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk, who stopped the clock at 7: 42.33 to leave the German Florian Wellbrock with honey on his lips (7: 42.68) in fourth position.


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