American swimmer Lilly King has blasted critics of the nation’s swimming team, but a bold prediction from before the Tokyo Games has come back to haunt her.
The United States has won six gold, nine silver and nine bronze in the Tokyo pool to date. Comparatively, they secured 16 gold medals at the Rio Games five years ago.
On Friday, King finished second in the women’s 200m breaststroke final behind South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker, who set a new world record.
Earlier in the week, she won a bronze medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke final, with American teammate Lydia Jacoby winning gold.
Some sporting pundits have criticised the American swimmers for their lack of victories, but King believes silver and bronze should not be considered failures.
“Excuse my French but the fact that we’re not celebrating silver and bronze is bull****,” King said on Friday.
“You get to bring a medal home for your country and just because we compete for the United States and maybe we have extremely high standards for this sort of thing that doesn‘t excuse the fact that we haven’t been celebrating silver and bronze as much as gold.
“I might be more happy with this medal than I‘ve been with any of my previous medals including my two golds in Rio. That’s simply just for the way that I’ve handled myself.”
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However, King may be regretting her bold pre-Games call that American women would win every individual gold medal in the pool.
“I think the (US) women, if we have the meet we can have, can win every single individual gold,” she said before the Tokyo Games got underway.
“That would be pretty cool, right? But really, just looking at it, I think that is a genuine possibility.”
In reality, the United States women swimmers have won just two of the individual events in Tokyo, while Australia has clinched four.
Considering these remarks, King’s fans would be excused for feeling a tad disappointed.
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Australia will be hunting for more gold in the pool on Saturday, with another battle between Ariarne Titmus and America’s Katie Ledecky poised for the women’s 800m freestyle final.
Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm are medal contenders in the women’s 200m backstroke final, while Matthew Temple will feature in the men’s 100m butterfly final.
Australia will also be targeting a medal in the first ever mixed 4 x 100m medley relay Olympic final.
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Publish date : 2021-07-30 23:49:40