2020 Tokyo Olympics: Bobby Finke Takes Second Gold Medal with 1500M Win

by Samantha Whidden

Following his gold medal win in the 800M freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Team USA swimmer Bobby Finke scored his second gold medal at this year’s games in the 1,500M freestyle.

Finke finished the 1500M race at 14:39:65 while Ukraine’s Romanchuk finished second (14:40.66) and Germany’s Wellbrock took third place (14:40.91). 

According to his Team USA bio, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is Finke’s first Olympics and he has scored 2 gold medals so far. According to the New York Post, Finke is the first American male to win the 1500M freestyle since Mike O’Brien in the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles. 

Bobby Finke Talks Winning 800M Freestyle During 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Upon winning the 800M men’s freestyle at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Bobby Finke chats with reporters about the epic race. According to NPR, Finke was in fifth place for most of the 16 lap race before surging past the swimmers ahead of him in the final 50M. 

Finke also says that his best time in the 800M race was about five seconds slower than the time he pulled out to even qualify for the final race. “I dropped another second [today] and I had no idea I was going to do that.”

“I noticed 10 meters out I was catching up a little bit of ground and that was the only motivation I needed to try and pass,” the now 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ gold medal states. Finke also told USA Today that he experienced some pain after his crazy 800M finish. “It kind of goes away once you just start. Your mind just kind of disappears, and you’re just kind of blacking out a little bit,” he describes. 

The 2020 Tokyo Olympics medalist also states that he entered his first competitive race when he was 5-years-old and his mom taught his swim lessons. “I have two older sisters. We’re all super competitive and we’re all just racing each other all the time.”

Finke also realizes that winning the 2020 Olympics gold will change his life forever, but it hasn’t sunk in that he is an Olympic gold medalist quite yet. “That was like the first time I celebrated in a race. I think that’s probably the happiest I’ve been from the sport.”

Bobby Finke Is Humbled About Being a Team USA Member

Upon qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Finke shares that he is excited and humbled for the opportunity to represent the USA during the iconic sporting event. “I can’t thank my family, friends, teammates, and coaches enough for helping me get here,” he writes. 

Finke also posted a snapshot of him with other members of Team USA swim with the caption, “They thought the view was cool, but they were cooler.”