FILE PHOTO: Swimming – 18th FINA World Swimming Championships – Males’s 100m Butterfly Closing – Nambu College Municipal Aquatics Heart, Gwangju, South Korea – July 27, 2019. Caeleb Dressel of the U.S. celebrates successful the race. REUTERS/Antonio Bronic/File Picture
June 18, 2021
(Reuters) – Caeleb Dressel clinched the boys’s 100m freestyle to punch his ticket to Tokyo with flourish on Thursday, whereas Simone Manuel’s title defence within the ladies’s 100m got here to a crushing finish on the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.
Dressel equaled his personal American document of 47.39 seconds to beat a stacked discipline and win by .33 seconds over 24-year-old Zach Apple, earlier than hoisting his arms aloft and egging on the keen crowd at Omaha, Nebraska.
However the evening held disappointment for 24-year-old Simone Manuel, who won’t be able to defend her 2016 gold within the 100m freestyle after putting ninth within the 100m semifinals, a conclusion she known as “a troublesome tablet to swallow.”
“I haven’t fairly processed it utterly, however the one factor I’ve processed is that I’m happy with myself, and I did all the pieces I probably may have finished to set myself as much as be my best possible at this meet,” she advised reporters.
Six-time Olympic gold medal winner Ryan Lochte put up a 1:58.65 within the semifinals within the males’s 200m medley, a disappointing time however sufficient to place him into the finals on Friday as he appears to be like to qualify for a fifth consecutive Video games.
“There’s quite a bit I’ve obtained to enhance on, particularly that race,” mentioned Lochte, who left the 2016 Rio Olympics mired in scandal after vandalizing a fuel station after which mendacity about it.
“I simply tousled in a whole lot of locations. I imply, hopefully I get one other likelihood to swim in it tomorrow and I’ll be higher.”
It took all the pieces Hali Flickinger needed to clinch the ladies’s 200m butterfly ultimate, the place she was trailing barely on the midway mark however turned on the jets down the ultimate stretch and put up a 2:05.85 private finest for the win.
Flickinger, who completed seventh within the occasion in Rio, additionally certified for the 400m medley earlier.
Elsewhere in Thursday’s motion, Bobby Finke, 21, grabbed his ticket to his first-ever Video games after seizing the lead early to win the boys’s 800m in 7:48.22.
The occasion is showing within the Olympic programme for the primary time in over a century, final that includes in 1904.
(Reporting by Amy Tennery; Enhancing by Edwina Gibbs)