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Olympics: More gold for Dressel, Ledecky and McKeown

July 31, 2021 08:44 IST
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IMAGE: Caeleb Dressel of United States celebrates winning the gold medal and breaking the world record in the men's 100m butterfly final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Saturday. Photograph: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images

Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky added to the United States' gold medal haul at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday while Australia's sensational run continued with Kaylee McKeown winning the 200m backstroke for their seventh gold in the pool.

 

Dressel stormed to the men's 100m butterfly title with a world record time of 49.45 to pick up his second individual gold of the Tokyo Games. He also won gold in the 4x100 freestyle relay.

Ledecky won the 800m freestyle to add to her 1,500 freestyle gold -- and also had the satisfaction of defeating her Australian rival Ariarne Titmus for the first time in Tokyo.

Titmus had to settle for a silver medal but there was plenty for Australia to celebrate with McKeown's perfectly timed swim to complete the backstroke double.

World champion Dressel beat Hungary's Kristof Milak, the gold medallist in the 200m fly, by 0.23 seconds.

IMAGE: Katie Ledecky won the 800m freestyle to add to her 1,500 freestyle gold -- and also had the satisfaction of defeating her Australian rival Ariarne Titmus for the first time in Tokyo. Photograph: Tom Pennington/Getty Images

The powerful American, who also won gold in the 100m freestyle, was fastest out of the blocks and never looked in danger, though Milak came back hard to close the gap down the straight.

Dressel has a busy morning, racing in the 50m freestyle semi-finals and is likely to swim in the final of the mixed medley relay about 30 minutes after that.

Ledecky has been the dominant force in the 800m free and she took control from the outset, increasing her lead over Titmus from the 500m mark.

The American now has six individual career Olympic gold medals, taking her past the record of Hungarian Krisztina Egerszegi who had five.

IMAGE: Kaylee McKeown celebrates winning the 200m backstroke for Australia's seventh gold in the pool. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

McKeown turned up the pace on the final lap to power past Kylie Masse after the Canadian held the lead for the first 150.

The Australian won in a time of 2:04.68 with Masse 0.74 behind and McKeown's team mate Emily Seebohm taking the bronze medal.

Australia's women have now picked up six of the country's seven gold medals in the pool.

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