WATCH: Alaska teen Lydia Jacoby shocks with swim gold in 100-meter breaststroke at Tokyo Olympics

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TOKYO — Alaska, of each places, has an Olympic champion astatine the pool.

Seventeen-year-old Lydia Jacoby gave the United States a triumph successful the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, knocking disconnected teammate and defending champion Lilly King connected Tuesday.

There is lone 1 50-meter excavation successful the authorities of Alaska.

Lydia Jacoby is the archetypal @usaswimming jock from Alaska.

Now, she's got a golden medal. #TokyoOlympics pic.twitter.com/vv6eeRMekM

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 27, 2021

Jacoby was the archetypal swimmer from the Arctic authorities ever to marque the U.S. Olympic swimming team.

Now, she’s heading backmost to giddy Seward, Alaska — population: 2,773 — with a golden medal, rallying to triumph successful 1 minute, 4.95 seconds..

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker claimed the metallic successful 1:05.22, portion King gave the Americans different medal by taking the bronze successful 1:05.54.

Jacoby’s stunning triumph salvaged what had been a disappointing greeting for the American team. The U.S. had lone managed a brace of bronze medals earlier the precocious schooler came through.

Jacoby was lone 3rd astatine the turn, trailing Schoenmaker and King. But, with her caput bobbing furiously retired of the water, the teen surged past King and glided past the South African connected the last 2 strokes to interaction first.

Looking astatine the scoreboard with a spot of disbelief, the enormity of her accomplishment yet deed erstwhile Schoenmaker reached crossed the lane enactment for a hug. Then it was King bounding implicit from 2 lanes distant to congratulate America’s caller breaststroke queen.

“I was decidedly racing for a medal. I knew I had it successful me,” Jacoby said. “I wasn’t truly expecting a golden medal, truthful erstwhile I looked up and saw the scoreboard it was insane.”

Her teammate, King, who roseate to fame with her swimming prowess and outspoken views connected doping successful sports, was contented with the bronze.

“I’m truthful excited for Lydia,” King said. “I emotion to spot the aboriginal of American breaststroke coming up similar this and to person idiosyncratic to spell astatine it caput to caput successful the country. I decidedly knew she was a menace and saw a batch of myself successful her effort.”

On the men’s side, the U.S. squad mislaid a backstroke contention astatine the Olympics for the archetypal clip since 1992.

Russia swept the apical 2 spots successful the 100-meter backmost Tuesday, with Evgeny Rylov claiming the golden medal successful 51.98 and teammate Kliment Kolesnikov taking the metallic successful 52.00.

Defending Olympic champion Ryan Murphy settled for the bronze successful 52.19.

It was the archetypal backstroke decision for the U.S. men astatine the Olympics since the Barcelona Games. They won 12 consecutive golds astatine the past six Olympics, including Murphy’s expanse of the 100 and 200 backmost astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Winning an Olympic golden medal means you’re the champion successful the world,” Murphy said. “Being 3rd successful the satellite is nary slouch.”

Along with the Russia, it was bully greeting for Australia and Britain.

World record-holder Kaylee McKeown gave the Aussie women different golden medal with a triumph successful the women’s 100 backstroke, mounting an Olympic record.

Her winning clip of 57.47 was conscionable disconnected the satellite people she acceptable this twelvemonth of 57.45. The metallic went to Canada’s Kylie Masse successful 57.72, portion erstwhile satellite record-holder Regan Smith of the United States grabbed the bronze astatine 58.05.

Coming into these Olympics, Australia had not won an idiosyncratic women’s rubric since 2008. They’ve already got 2 successful Tokyo, with McKeown’s golden coming aft Ariarne Titmus’ triumph Monday successful the 400 freestyle.

“My legs were decidedly hurting with the past 20 to go,” McKeown said. “I’m definite it would person been beauteous noticeable connected the TV. But you cognize I’ve trained for that and I knew I had a truly beardown backend and a truly bully accidental to beryllium connected the podium.”

Britain went 1-2 successful the men’s 200 freestyle. Tom Dean captured the golden successful 1 minute, 44.22 seconds, portion teammate Duncan Scott picked up the metallic successful 1:44.26. The bronze went to Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer astatine 1:44.66.

Dean’s triumph was adjacent much singular considering helium has doubly been stricken with COVID-19 during the buildup to the games.

“It was rather tough,” helium said. ”It was pugnacious having a batch of clip retired the water. And evidently it requires a dilatory buildup due to the fact that of the quality of the disease. So it’s pugnacious and it was a precise bumpy thrust this season.”

American Kieran Smith settled for a sixth-place showing aft capturing a bronze successful the 400 free.

Defending 200 escaped champion Sun Yang was banned from the Tokyo Olympics for a doping violation. He is serving a much than four-year ban, though helium could beryllium eligible to instrumentality for the 2024 Paris Games.

Titmus and Katie Ledecky some precocious to Wednesday’s last of the 200-meter freestyle, mounting up different showdown aft their thrilling contention successful the 400 free.

Titmus was the apical qualifier successful the 200 semis astatine 1:54.82, portion Ledecky — the defending Olympic champion — cruised to the third-best clip successful 1:55.34. The Aussie Terminator volition beryllium looking for her 2nd consecutive golden aft rallying to bushed Ledecky successful the 400 free.

Ledecky had a comparatively casual time compared to Monday, erstwhile she raced 3 times for a full of 2,100 meters.

“I was inactive a small bushed the past 15,” Ledecky said, “but I felt similar I had bully power of the heat.”

She’ll person different large greeting Wednesday, erstwhile she competes successful the finals of the 200 escaped and the 1,500 escaped — her shortest and longest events — astir a hr apart.

“It’ll beryllium a bully challenge,” Ledecky said. “It’s been amusive to bid for some of them.

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