TOP 5: Relive the Most Memorable Moments From Tokyo Olympics 2020 Swimming Events

Published 08/01/2021, 2:24 PM EDT


The swimming events at Tokyo Olympics 2020 have ended with a bang. In other words, the events showcased some of the best swimmers in the world.

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Despite fans not being in attendance, the swimming competitions provided many top moments and shocking upsets throughout the events. Here are some moments that truly encapsulated the minds of the swimming fraternity all over the world.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Mixed 4 x 100m Medley Relay – Heats – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 29, 2021. Team GB, Team USA and Team Canada in action REUTERS/Antonio Bronic

Top 5 Moments at Tokyo Olympics 2020

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The Tunisian swimmer who shocked everyone

When the 400-meter freestyle race ended, the name Ahmed Hafnaoui popped up on the results board. In a stunning swim, the Tunisian claimed the gold medal while being just 18-years-old. An ecstatic Ahmed could not believe what unfolded before him.

“I felt better in the water this morning than yesterday and that’s it. I’m the Olympic champion now. I just put my head in the water. I just can’t believe it. It’s a dream come true,” said Ahmed.

Likewise, his family and friends in Tunisia went wild after his shocking upset in Japan. Brilliant performance from young Ahmed to take home the gold.

Ledecky vs Titmus: Coach goes wild in the stands

The 2019 World Championships provided swimming fans with an enormous shock. Ariarne Titmus from Australia tasted victory against the favorite Katie Ledecky. Since then, the matchup between these two fantastic swimmers gained hype and significant importance.

Fast forward two years from South Korea, the Australian defeated Titmus in the 400m freestyle race which brought out an epic reaction from her coach, Dean Boxall. A truly iconic victory followed by a stunning celebration.

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Caeleb the man!!!

Caeleb Dressel wins 5 gold medals at Tokyo Olympics 2020

The expectations on Caeleb Dressel for Tokyo were way more than any other athletes had from their respective countries. Likewise, the comparisons to Michael Phelps didn’t help either.

But winning five gold medals proved his mettle in what was a magnificent individual display of swimming in Japan. He won gold medals in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, and two relay events.

Significantly, he created a world record in the butterfly event by setting a time of 49.45. Dressel lived up to his expectations and can now look forward to Paris 2024.

Goggles block Lydia Jacoby

Despite their dominance in the swimming pool, the US contingent took eleven teenagers to Tokyo. Looking to build for the future, one outstanding talent to come through the ranks is Lydia Jacoby.

She won a gold medal in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke event and won a silver medal for the 4×100-meter medley relay. The 17-year-old came out as the breakout star in this year’s Olympics.

However, in the mixed medley relay, Jacoby swam the whole split with her goggles covering her face. The US swimmer was rather unfortunate in the race but proved to be the next-generation superstar for years to come with her display in Japan. Chin up Lydia!!!

Kaylee McKeown drops the F-bomb at Tokyo Olympics 2020

Even though the USA is the most dominant team in the swimming pool, Australians always produce terrific swimmers. The new superstar from down under?

Kaylee McKeown.

The 20-year-old phenom broke the world record in the Australian trials in the 100-meter backstroke, before the games. After that success, she continued to move forward and won three gold and a bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics.

The Australian seemed very excited after her victory and even threw in some F-bombs. An excited McKeown went medieval while ruling the backstroke events in Tokyo.

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This year’s swimming competitions provided fans with incredible moments and funny reactions as well. Some of these moments remain truly iconic as the US national swimming team finished on top of the medals tally after all the races. Tokyo Olympics has been incredible to date while swimmers will fight it out again in Paris 2024.

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Jacob Gijy

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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