Katie Ledecky eventually won her first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics, taking first place in the 1,500-meter freestyle, which made her debut at the Women’s Games this year.
The typical dominating performance of the American superstar came just an hour after being beaten well in the final of the 200 meters freestyle, where she finished fifth.
Ledecky led from start to finish, finishing in 15 minutes 37.34 seconds to claim his sixth Olympic gold medal overall.
Erica Sullivan from the USA took silver in 15: 41.41, while Germany’s Sarah Kohler took bronze in 15: 42.91.
Meanwhile, Great Britain won the men’s 4x200m freestyle relay at the Olympics for the first time since 1908, but lost a world record.
With a powerful group that included those who finished 1-2 in the 200 freestyle, Great Britain swept the field in 6 minutes, 58.58 seconds. That was just outside the world record set by the Americans (6: 58.55) at the 2009 world championships.
200m gold medalist Tom Dean started for the British. James Guy and Matthew Richards took the middle stages before 200 meter silver medalist Duncan Scott swam the anchor stage. It was the first British gold in the event since it made its debut at the first London Games.
Russia claimed silver in 7: 01.81, while Australia took bronze in 7: 01.84.
Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi swept the women’s individual medley. Ohashi rallied to win the 200-meter medley, beating Americans Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass. He had previously won the 400-meter individual medley.
Hungary’s Kristof Milak claimed a dominant victory in the men’s 200 meter butterfly at the Tokyo Aquatic Center.
Milak won gold by approximately two body lengths, supporting his status as one of the biggest favorites in the olympic pool. He played in 1 minute, 51.25 seconds, about 2.5 seconds ahead of silver medalist Tomoru Honda of Japan, who finished in 1: 53.73. The bronze went to the Italian Federico Burdisso in 1: 54.45.
Quarantined Olympic skater Candy Jacobs said she had to take steps to breathe fresh air in an isolated hotel in Japan.
The Dutch athlete was removed from the Olympic Village after testing positive for COVID-19 a week ago and was quarantined for people at the Tokyo Games infected with coronavirus. On his seventh day of isolation, he said he had to force officials to allow him a supervised 15-minute break to get fresh air away from his room, where the window does not open.
“Not having outside air is so inhumane,” he said in a video message posted on Instagram. “It’s mentally very draining … definitely more than many humans can handle.”
Jacobs said that “having that first breath of outside air was the best and saddest moment of my life.”
The 31-year-old missed the street event in the sport’s Olympic debut, but saw it on television and said it was “a cool distraction” from the quarantine.
Two world champions were eliminated from the Tokyo Olympic boxing tournament in the round of 16.
Irish featherweight Kurt Walker pulled off one of the tournament’s biggest upsets on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over Uzbek world champion Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov.
Two hours later, Russian light heavyweight Imam Khataev surprised Kazakh world champion Bekzad Nurdauletov with a 4-1 victory. The 26-year-old Khataev has nearly a decade of top-level amateur experience, but no win to compare with this surprise.
Nesthy Petecio of the Philippines and Irma Testa of Italy also claimed their nations’ first women’s boxing Olympic medals as they advanced to the featherweight semifinals.
The United States men’s volleyball team improved to 2-1 in group play by beating Tunisia 3-1.
Rebounding from a loss to the Russians, they defeated the lowest ranked team in their group 25-14, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23.
The victory keeps the USA in a good position to advance to the quarter-finals as one of the top four teams in Group B. Tunisia have lost all three games so far in Tokyo.
Annemiek van Vleuten achieved a resounding victory in the women’s time trial.
The Dutch driver led by more than six seconds at the first time check, then pushed it to a staggering 28 seconds before leaving the hammer to finish in 30 minutes, 13.49 seconds at Fuji International Speedway.
Switzerland’s Marlen Reusser finished more than 56 seconds behind to win the silver medal and van Vleuten’s teammate Anna van der Breggen won the bronze.
The president of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach, and the great Japanese baseball Sadaharu Oh attended the opening of the Olympic baseball tournament and were on the field for the first ceremonial pitch in Fukushima.
They were joined by the president of the Tokyo Organizing Committee, Seiko Hashimoto, and the president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation, Riccardo Fraccari, when a high school baseball player from the region threw the first pitch.
It is the only Olympic baseball game to take place in Fukushima, which was devastated by an earthquake and tsunami and nuclear accident in 2011. The remainder of the tournament will take place at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Tokyo.
Baseball was restored to the Olympic roster this year for the first time since 2008. The sport will be eliminated again for the 2024 Games in Paris, but it is expected to be played again in Los Angeles in 2028.
China concluded an unprecedented first day of rowing finals by breaking the world record in women’s quadruple sculls and winning gold.
The Chinese boat finished in 6 minutes, 0.13 seconds and fell almost two seconds from the previous mark set by the Netherlands in 2014. The race was never closed. Poland won silver more than 6 seconds behind China. Australia won bronze for that country’s fourth medal of the day.
Windy conditions produced a strong tailwind for rowers at Tokyo’s Sea Forest Waterway, setting new world or Olympic records in each of Wednesday’s six medal races.
The Netherlands set a new world record in men’s quadruple sculls with a sprint in the last 500 meters to win the gold medal.
His time of 5 minutes and 32.03 seconds surpassed the previous mark of 5: 32.26 set by Ukraine at the 2014 world championships.
The Dutch boat was fourth after the first 500 meters, but had approached second on the next marker. A late push overtook Great Britain for the lead.
Great Britain then delayed a charge from Australia to win silver. Australia’s bronze was the country’s third medal of the day after winning gold in four men and women.
Ancuta Bodnar and Simona Radis from Romania won the first gold medal in rowing at the Tokyo Games, in women’s double sculls.
The rowing medal events had been delayed one day due to bad weather forecasts amid a tropical storm.
Once back in the water, the Romanians were never challenged and guided for two lengths with only 500 meters to go. Bodnar and Radis are only 22 years old. Their race to victory left the only silver medal bout, where Brooke Donohue and Hannah Osborne of New Zealand edged out the Dutch ship of Roos de Jong and Lisa Scheenaard.