American Caeleb Dressel won gold in the men’s 100m freestyle event, setting an Olympic record in the process.
Dressel, who now has four Olympic gold medals, was followed by Kyle Chalmers of Australia, who won the silver, and Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia.
An emotional Dressel cried during the post-race interview: “I don’t know if it’s set in yet. Right now, I’m just kind of hurting. It’s a really tough year, it’s really hard, so to have the results show up, it really came together, so I’m happy.”
Bobby Finke wins gold in 800m freestyle
American swimmer Bobby Finke took home a gold medal with an amazing late surge in the first-ever Olympic men’s 800m freestyle final.
Finke, competing in his first Olympics, was fourth at 750 meters and passed Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, who had held the lead through most of the race.
“I just really wanted to get my hand on the wall,” Finke said. “I’m just so happy I was able to switch into another gear.”
Paltrinieri came in second place to win the silver medal, and Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk finished in third for a bronze medal.
Smith, Flickinger finish 2-3 in 200m butterfly
In the women’s 200m butterfly, American Regan Smith won silver, and her teammate, Hali Flickinger, took bronze. Zhang Yufei captured gold for China.
Zhang set an Olympic record to win with a time of 2:03.86. She also brought home China’s first swimming gold medal at the Tokyo Games. Named the “new butterfly queen” by Chinese media, she finished second in the 100m butterfly on Sunday.
The United States had not won a medal in the 200m butterfly since 2000. That ended with Smith and Flickinger.
Nic Fink finishes fifth in 200m breaststroke
In the men’s 200-meter breaststroke final, Australian Izaac Stubblety-Cook won the gold medal, while Arno Kamminga of the Netherlands got silver and Matti Mattson of Finland brought home the bronze.
American Nic Fink finished fifth, less than a second outside of the medals.
Anton Chupkov, the Russian world-record holder for the event, also finished just outside the medals, coming in fourth.
The 22-year-old Stubblety-Cook has been in great form, and continued that form in the final. The Australian set an Olympic record in the event with a time of 2:06.38.
Team USA is poised to make a splash in the five swimming finals on Wednesday night.
With 16 medals — including four golds — under their belt in Tokyo, the U.S. hopes to continue its dominance in the pool on Day 6.
The event starts at 9:30 p.m. ET. You can watch it live in NBC’s primetime coverage or stream it on NBCOlympics.com:
Six-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky and four-time gold medalist Allison Schmitt will lead the team in the women’s 4x200m freestyle, where the biggest blockade to a gold-medal repeat will be Ariarne Titmus and Australia’s team.
Meanwhile, three-time Olympic gold medalist Caeleb Dressel will compete for his first individual Olympic medal in the men’s 100m freestyle.
Regan Smith, who took bronze in the women’s 100m backstroke earlier this week, will hope to add to her medal count in the women’s 200m butterfly final.
The U.S. will rest its hopes in the 200m breaststroke final on Nic Fink, who finished second in his semifinal race and fourth overall with a 2:08 time.
Bobby Finke will represent Team USA as the third seed in the Olympics’ first-ever men’s 800m freestyle final after setting a new American record in the event during the preliminary round.
The action won’t stop with the finals. Several Olympians will continue their gold-medal defense during semifinal events on Wednesday. Simone Manuel, who took gold in the women’s 100m freestyle at the 2016 Rio Games, will compete in the semis of that event. Ryan Murphy will be racing in the semifinals of the men’s 200m backstroke, the event where he also took gold in 2016.