SWIMMING : China gained their first gold in the Tokyo pool with Zhang Yufei winning the women’s 200m butterfly and then she returned to the pool to help her team upset the favored Australians to win the 4x200m freestyle relay, setting a world record along the way.
Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook took gold in the men’s 200m breaststroke, also thanks to an spectacular late surge to the finish.
World champion Dressel powered to victory in an Olympic record 47.02, finishing six hundredths of a second ahead of Rio winner Kyle Chalmers of Australia, with Russian Kliment Kolesnikov taking bronze.
Swimming-China’s ‘Butterfly Queen’
China’s biggest gold medalist in swimming Zhang delivered in style — taking control from the outset as she set an Olympic record of 2:03.86 to improve on her silver from the 100m butterfly. Zhang was soon back in the water as part of the 4x200m team, which left the Americans and highly-rated Australians trailing in their wake in a race which saw all three medal winners swim under the world record time.
Australia had been the fastest qualifiers, and with double Tokyo gold medal winner Ariarne Titmus in their ranks were the heavy favourites to follow-up on their 4x100m gold.
Zhang kept China in front on the penultimate leg before handing over to Li Bingjie, who did well to hold off six-times gold medalist Katie Ledecky in the final meter as the United States had to settle for silver. While China celebrated their achievement in swimming , Australia were left to rue their decision to leave out teenager Mollie O’Callaghan, who was their second fastest swimmer behind Titmus in the heats.