Updated Jul 27, 2021 - Sports

Teen swimmer Lydia Jacoby wins 1st U.S. women's Olympic gold in Tokyo

 Lydia Jacoby from the USA cheers Swimming: Olympics, women, 100m breaststroke, final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Lydia Jacoby from the USA cheers.
Lydia Jacoby of Team USA wins gold in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games. Photo: Michael Kappeler/picture alliance via Getty Images

Team USA's 17-year-old swimmer Lydia Jacoby has won the Olympic gold medal in the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the Tokyo Games, completing the race with a time of 1:04.95.

Of note: The Alaskan beat defending Olympic champion and fellow American Lilly King, who won bronze. Tatjana Shoenmaker from South Africa took home the silver medal.

  • Jacoby is the first of the U.S. women's team to win an Olympic gold medal in Tokyo.

What they're saying: Jacoby said after the race that she was "definitely racing for a medal," but wasn't expecting to win gold. "So when I looked up at the scoreboard it was insane," she added.

  • King told reporters she was "surprisingly OK" following the result. "So excited for Lydia," she said. "I love to see the future coming up like this."

Editor's note: This article has been updated with details of the winning time, the full medalists' positions and comment from Jacoby and King.

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