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Ariarne Titmus and Margaret MacNeil grab gold in Women’s 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly

Tokyo Olympics has finally begun after a tiring year of pandemic, however, the pandemic does not seem to have dampen the spirit of the players. Well thats what true sportsmanship is. Olympics are scheduled from 23rd July to 8th August. On the third day of the event we saw some swimming events with marvellous performances, lets have a look at them.

Tokyo Olympics: Ariarne Titmus and Margaret MacNeil grab gold in Women's 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly

Ariarne Titmus and Margaret MacNeil grab gold

Women’s 400M Freestyle

In the dramatic turn of events of 400M freestyle swimming Tokyo Olympics, Australia’s Ariarne Titmus beat America’s Katie Ledecky to win the gold. Titmus took 3:56.69 to complete the race, closely followed by Ledecky by at 3:57.36.

Tokyo Olympics: Ariarne Titmus and Margaret MacNeil grab gold in Women's 400m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly

Titmus secured the second fastest record in history by winning the gold at this pace. This is the first time Ledecky is experiencing failure in securing the first position in an individual event. Titmus couldn’t quite contain her happiness at beating Ledecky, who is addressed as the greater women’s freestyle swimmer. At Rio de Janeiro in 2016, Ledecky had bagged gold at 400, 600 and 800m freestyle.

Women’s 100M Butterfly

Canada’s Margaret MacNeil bagged a gold medal in women’s 100M butterfly finals on Monday of Tokyo Olympics at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. She completed 100M in butterfly strokes in 55.59 Seconds. It was twenty-one year old Margaret’s first Olympic, which increases her happiness and celebrations ten folds. MacNeil stormed past China’s ZHANG Yufei, top swimmer in the category, half way through the lap.

This was her first individual medal, however earlier she had won silver medal in relay in Tokyo Olympics itself. Everyone observed late reaction of her for her win and MacNeil answers it was because of eyesight and she couldn’t see the scoreboard without her contact lenses. Hence it took her some time to realise where she stood in the score table.

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