Americans added two gold medals to the national count at the Tokyo Olympics Thursday morning, and one swimmer set a new record.
Caeleb Dressel won the 100m freestyle in 47.02 seconds, set a new Olympic record and finished just 1 / 600th of a second behind Australia’s Kyle Chalmers.
Russia’s Krimentkolesnikov won the bronze medal.
After the race, Florida’s Dressel, 24, told reporters, “This year was really hard. It was really hard.” “I’m happy because it really came together to get results.”
The old 100-meter record was 47.05 seconds. It was set by Eamon Sullivan of Australia at the 2008 Olympics.
The gold medal is the first time Dressel has won an individual event. He has three from the relay.
Team USA’s Bobby Finke also won a gold medal in Japan on Thursday.
Finke completed the 800-meter freestyle in 7 minutes 41.87 seconds, slightly ahead of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri (7 minutes 42.11 seconds). Ukraine’s Michael Romanchuk finished in 3rd place.
Finke blasted the last length after getting out of the top three before the last turn.
“I really wanted to touch the wall,” Florida’s 21-year-old Finke told reporters after the event. “I was able to switch to another gear.”
It was the first 800-meter freestyle at the Olympics.
Americans have won another silver medal at other events.
Arkansas’ Kayle Browning, 29, finished second with Asaka’s shot, behind Slovakia’s Zuzana Stefesekova.
Regan Smith, 19, Minnesota, won a silver medal with a female 200-meter butterfly behind Yufei Zhang in China. Hali Flickinger, 27, from Pennsylvania won the bronze medal.
Team USA also won the silver medal in the women’s 4x200m freestyle relay and finished between China and Australia, who won the gold medal.
The American team went on to play volleyball. Kelly Claes and Sarah Sponcil are in the women’s volleyball playoffs, while Phil Dalhausser and Nick Lucena are preparing for the men’s playoffs.
COVID-19 can prevent some Americans from competing as planned.
According to the organizers, 24 new positive cases were detected on Thursday, including three athletes.
US officials said the pole vaulter Sam Kendricks tested positive.
According to the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee, Kendrix will no longer participate in the Olympics.