U.S. swimmers Lilly King and Annie Lazor received silver and bronze, respectively, within the ladies’s 200-meter breaststroke ultimate on Day 7 of the Tokyo Olympics. It marked the seventh time on this 12 months’s Olympics that two U.S. swimmers participated in a medal ceremony.
After successful the occasion, King—who posted a time of two:19.92—expressed her emotions on some Individuals’ tendency to treat silver and bronze medals as failures.
“Pardon my French, however the truth that we’re not capable of rejoice silver and bronze is bullshit,” the 24-year-old mentioned.
King, a veteran of Group USA as a two-time Olympic gold medalist in Rio in 2016, received bronze within the ladies’s 100-meter breaststroke earlier this week.
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South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker received the gold and broke the world file within the occasion with a time of two:18.95. The earlier world file of two:19.11 within the 200-meter breaststroke was set in 2013 by Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen.
Lazor, who completed with a 2:20.84, was not solely completely happy for herself however relished the second to swim with Schoenmaker within the occasion. Each Individuals instantly celebrated with the South African occasion winner within the pool upon seeing she’d damaged the world file.
“It’s simply an unimaginable swim,” Lazor mentioned. “That world file has been standing for slightly bit too lengthy, I believe. So to see somebody lastly crack 2:19, we’ve all been working in the direction of that I believe, to see somebody like her do it, she’s only a nice individual, simply to be there and expertise that with somebody is one thing that you just’ll actually always remember.”
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