Swimmer from the USA Lydia Jacoby shocked gold medal in the final of the women’s 100 m breaststroke event at a distance Olympic Games in Tokyowhich led her family and friends to celebrate in her hometown in Seward, Alaska.
The 17-year-old champion became the first American woman to win gold in swimming at the Tokyo Olympics with her stellar debut performance.
The new swimming star finished the winning lap with a score of 1: 04.95, just 0.27 seconds ahead of Schoenmaker.
King, an Olympic champion with three medals in her Games career, took the US bronze medal after being 0.59 seconds behind Jacoby.
Jacobi seemed shocked as she turned to look at the results, walking the last 50 meters and touching the wall.
“I definitely fought for a medal,” Jacoby said after finishing. “I didn’t really expect a gold medal, so when I looked at the scoreboard it was crazy.”
Her classmates were spotted at a party in her hometown, throwing a fiery party after her debut performance.
“This is pure joy. The whole city. One of the local restaurants, Zudy’s, sells “Come on, Lydia, Go!” stickers. And this is a fundraiser for the club, ”said Sarah Spanos, whose sons trained with Jacoby, the nonprofit media organization Alaska Public Media.
Jacoby is also the first swimmer from Alaska to win an Olympic gold medal in swimming.
Her parents are both boat captains. She took up swimming because they wanted her to be safe with them in the water.