Olympics: Australia smash world record to win women’s 4x100m relay Olympic gold

TOKYO (REUTERS, AFP) – Australia shattered the women’s 4x100m freestyle world record to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics Sunday (July 25), clocking 3min 29.69 sec to better their own mark set three years ago.

The team of Cate Campbell, Emma McKeon, Meg Harris and Bronte Campbell lowered the 3:30.05 Australia set at the 2018 Commonwealth Games to reinforce their dominance of the event.

Canada (3:32.78) came second and the United States (3:32.81) third.

Meanwhile, Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui pulled off a major shock on the opening day of the Tokyo Olympics swimming medal events with a stunning victory in the men’s 400m freestyle.

The 18-year-old, in the outside lane after being the slowest in qualifying, produced a blistering finish, touching the wall in 3:43.36 to pip Australia’s Jack McLoughlin (3:43.52) to gold, with American swimmer Kieran Smith (3:43.94) taking bronze.

American Chase Kalisz won United States’ first gold medal at the Games in the men’s 400m medley in a time of 4min 9.42sec at the Tokyo Olympics.

Compatriot Jay Literland took the silver medal in 4:10.28 and Brendon Smith of Australia took bronze in 4:10.38.

“It means the world. This is the last thing that I really wanted to accomplish in my swimming career,” said Kalisz.

“It was something that was a dream of mine for as long as I could remember. I can’t believe it.”

Japan’s Yui Ohashi won the Olympic swimming gold medal in the women’s 400m medley in a time of 4:32.08, bringing the host nation’s gold medal tally to two.

American Emma Weyant took the silver medal in 4:32.76 and compatriot Hali Flickinger picked up the bronze in 4:34.90.

Rio Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary finished fifth in 4:35.98.

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