BREAKING: Australia Smash the Swimming Freestyle World Record at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Published 07/24/2021, 11:36 PM EDT

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The Tokyo Olympics 2020 swimming events have started and the Australian swimming team has won medals. The 4 × 100-meter freestyle relay saw the Australian swimming team win the gold medal. Moreover, they broke the world record (3:30:05) in the event by setting a time of 3:29.69. The team from Canada came second while the USA finished third. The race was an exciting watch for fans all over the world as they got to witness history.

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Australia smashes world record in Tokyo Olympics 2020

The team comprising Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon, Bronte Campbell, and Meg Harris claimed Gold. They eclipsed their showing from yesterday’s heats. The second-placed Canadian team had a good swim as well. Kayla Sanchez, Rebecca Smith, Penny Oleksiak, and Margaret MacNeil competed in the relay and helped the team to silver with a time of 3:32.78.

The US swimming team finished third in the event. Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel helped the team claim bronze by setting a time of 3:32.81. Even though the Netherlands had a good qualifying time by finishing second, the team finished fourth in the finals.

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But team Australia would be glad to break the record in what was an exciting race. Notably, Australia had set the record during the Commonwealth Games in Australia in 2018. Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell were a part of that team as well. By smashing the world record, they have put their foot down in the swimming events.

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Team Canada and Penny Oleksiak shine in the event

With Penny Oleksiak in the picture, Canada has one of the best freestyle swimmers in the world. The swimmer now has now won five medals in the Olympics. The Canadian team (Oleksiak, Kayla Sanchez, Margaret MacNeil, and Rebecca Smith) improved on their third-place showing in the heats as they finished second.

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Even though it was a gritty race till the end, the USA took third place from the Netherlands who swam well.

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Although there were no fans in attendance, the Tokyo Olympics have come to life. Significantly, Australia looks to be one of the major medal contenders this year. What did you make of this exhilarating final?

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