2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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The women’s 100m breaststroke race tonight saw 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby storm to the wall first to grab the gold, clocking a massive personal best of 1:04.95 in the process.
Despite South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker having been faster in the earlier rounds, producing a new Olympic Record of 1:04.82, it was the United States Jacoby who put up the monster swim when it counted to beat Schoenmaker and teammate Lilly King. Schoenmaker hit the wall in 1:05.22 while King rounded out the top 3 in 1:05.54.
For Jacoby, the teen’s 1:04.95 eradicates the previous United States National Age Group Record of 1:05.28, a time she held herself from her performance just last month at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
Splits for that previous race included 30.94/34.34 while tonight the Alaskan opened in 30.74 and brought it home in 34.21.
With her gold medal-worthy performance, Jacoby now lands herself on the list of exclusive sub-1:05 swimmers, ranking as the 7th fastest performer in history at just 17 years of age.
All-Time Top Women’s LCM 100 Breaststroke Performers
1. Lilly King (USA) – 1:04.13, 2017
2. Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) – 1:04.35, 2013
3. Yuliya Efimova (RUS) – 1:04.36, 2017
4. Jessica Hardy (USA) – 1:04.45, 2009
5. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 1:04.82, 2021
6. Rebecca Soni (USA) – 1:04.84, 2009
7. Lydia Jacoby (USA) – 1:04.95, 2021