2020 Tokyo Olympics: Katie Ledecky Fails to Medal in 200M Freestyle, Ariarne Titmus Sets Record

by Joe Rutland

Team USA swimmer Katie Ledecky failed to medal in the women’s 200-meter freestyle while Ariarne Titmus won at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Titmus, of Australia, set a new Olympic record in winning the gold medal. Take a look as Titmus leads the charge toward the finish in the women’s 200-meter freestyle final.

Ledecky finished in fifth place, according to an article from the Los Angeles Times. Titmus captured the gold with a time of 1:53:50.

Now Ledecky will also be swimming in the 1,500-meter freestyle later on Wednesday (Tokyo time). Ledecky was the defending gold medalist in the 200-meter freestyle, but Titmus was the heavy favorite. Titmus swam the second-fastest time in history at the Australian Olympic trials in June.

Titmus also beat Ledecky in the 400-meter freestyle earlier this week.

2020 Tokyo Olympics Still Buzzing Over Lydia Jacoby Winning Gold

While Ledecky is still looking for gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, the buzz around Alaska’s Lydia Jacoby winning remains heavy.

Jacoby had her hometown fans on their feet and chairs cheering her on en route to winning the women’s 100-meter breaststroke.

Jacoby, a 17-year-old native of Seward, Alaska, will swim collegiately for the University of Texas. She scored a huge upset in beating favored Team USA teammate Lilly King, who was going for her second gold in the event. Instead, King won the bronze medal.

She scored her gold-medal win in 1:04.95. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker secured the silver medal by finishing .27 of a second back. 

King took bronze, finishing .59 of a second behind Jacoby in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. It’s the third Olympic medal of her career.

Jacoby Admitted She Was ‘Racing For A Medal,’ While Fans Online Were Excited

“I was definitely racing for a medal,” Jacoby said after her race in an article from USA Today. “I wasn’t really expecting a gold medal so when I looked up at the scoreboard it was insane.”

King celebrated Jacoby’s gold medal-winning effort after the race ended.

“I’m surprisingly OK right now and very happy with my race,” King said. “So excited for Lydia. I love to see the future coming up like this.”

While Jacoby’s hometown fans were going crazy and cheering her on, viewers of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics offered their two cents online.

Melissa Dulaney wrote, “I loved seeing the reaction of her friends back in Alaska! Such a great moment!”

Matt Villasana wrote also on Twitter, “I want to be in Seward Alaska for their next Olympics swimming watch party! Crazy!!”

Josh McKown added, “How about that watch party with all HS kids for USA swimmer Lydia Jacoby in her Alaska hometown? Such an awesome scene!! If you haven’t seen it, look it up.”