TOKYO – Alaskan teen Lydia Jacoby pulled off a shocking upset in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke, becoming the first American woman to win gold in swimming in these Olympics.
She beat U.S. teammate Lilly King, who was chasing her second consecutive Olympic gold in the 100 breaststroke.
Jacoby, 17, won in 1:04.95 followed by Tatjana Schoenmaker from South Africa, who was .27 of a second back.
King took bronze, the third Olympic medal of her career, finishing .59 of a second behind Jacoby.
I was definitely racing for a medal,” Jacoby said after her race. “I wasn’t really expecting a gold medal so when I looked up at the scoreboard it was insane.”
King was the favorite going into the race but celebrated her young teammate’s victory. “I’m surprisingly OK right now and very happy with my race,” King saiSo excited for Lydia. I love to see the future coming up like this.”
Jacoby is the first Olympic swimmer and only the 10th Summer Olympian to be born in Alaska.