Olympics-Swimming-British, Russian men triumph as Aussie women shine again

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Swimming - Men's 200m Freestyle - Medal Ceremony
Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Swimming – Men’s 200m Freestyle – Medal Ceremony – Tokyo Aquatics Centre – Tokyo, Japan – July 27, 2021. Tom Dean of Britain and Duncan Scott of Britain pose with their gold and silver medal REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

July 27, 2021

By Simon Evans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Britain enjoyed a one-two success in the men’s 200m freestyle on Tuesday, while Russian swimmers ended U.S. dominance in the 100m backstroke and Kaylee McKeown gave Australia’s women more Olympic gold to celebrate at the Tokyo pool.

Tom Dean won gold and team mate Duncan Scott the silver in the 200 freestyle as the two British swimmers left their rivals in their wake, Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer taking the bronze.

In the men’s 100 backstroke, an event won by U.S. swimmers at the last six Games, Evgeny Rylov and Kliment Kolesnikov took top spots on the podium with Beijing champion Ryan Murphy of the United States coming third.

McKeown delivered a stunning late fightback in the women’s 100 backstroke to pip Canada’s Kylie Masse and add to Ariarne Titmus’s gold in the 400m free on Monday as well as the team gold in the 4×100 freestyle relay.

In another race that went down to the wire — Lydia Jacoby of the United States won gold in the women’s 100m breaststroke, the 17-year-old Alaskan finishing in 1:04.95, 0.27 seconds ahead of Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa.

Jacoby’s team mate Lilly King, who won the event in Rio in 2016, took the bronze.

(Reporting by Simon Evans; Editing by Peter Rutherford)