The third finals session came with big statements from the Russian Olympic Committee and Great Britain, who together swept the gold and silver medals in two of the four finals.
The British freestylers Tom Dean and Duncan Scott went 1-2 in the 200 final with nearly identical times. Dean out-touched his teammate 1:44.22 to 1:44.26 and, in the process, undercut Scott’s GBR National Record as well. Their performances kept the British team in 3rd place on the medal table. In 2016, they were 5th at the end of Day 3.
Russians Evgeny Rylov (51.98) and Kliment Kolesnikov (52.00) roared to a 1-2 finish in the 100 back, earning Russia’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in the event and pulling their nation into the 5th spot on the table. Five years ago they were 11th on Day 3 with one silver medal.
The United States maintained their slim lead over Australia thanks to the women’s 100 breast, where Lydia Jacoby stunned Olympic Record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa and World Record-holder and defending champion, USA’s Lilly King, for the gold. Ryan Murphy added a bronze in the 100 back, an event he won in Rio with a World and Olympic record of 51.85. This year, he was .34 off with his third-place 52.19. Regan Smith pulled in another bronze medal for Team USA, also in the 100 back, with her 58.05.
Australia’s Kaylee McKeown took down the Olympic Record but fell .02 short of her World Record in winning the 100 back in 57.47. Her gold medal kept Australia in the hunt against the United States. Both nations now have three gold medals. In 2016, after 3 days of swimming in Rio, the USA had 4 gold to AUS’s 2 and led with 14 overall medals to Australia’s 3. This year, that ratio has shrunk to 12-to-7.
Kylie Masse took silver in the 100 back, allowing Canada to remain in the top-4 after 3 days. In Rio, Canada ranked 9th at this point in the competition, with one silver and two bronze medals.
Schoenmaker’s silver was South Africa’s first medal this year. After 3 days in Rio, they had two silvers and ranked 8th.
Brazil got on the board with a bronze medal from Fernando Scheffer in the 200 free.
TOKYO 2020 OLYMPICS: POOL SWIMMING MEDAL TABLE AFTER DAY 3
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RIO 2016 OLYMPICS: POOL SWIMMING MEDAL TABLE AFTER DAY 3