China wins the gold medal with a time of 7:40.33 and the United States earns silver with a time of 7:40.73. Once again, Katie Ledecky proves that she's one of the best in the world. What a comeback.
Swimming has certainly been one of the most exciting sports throughout the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. We've seen America's Katie Ledecky, Australia's Ariarne Titmus and Japan's Yui Ohashi all making headlines in the women's competition.
Wednesday offered another chance for the Team USA swimmers to be in the spotlight. It was all about Caeleb Dressel and Ledecky.
The American women, who were not favorites to win, finished second in the 4x200 relay final thanks to a blistering anchor leg by Ledecky. She was not fast enough for America to finish before China, which took gold in an upset.
China won the gold with a world record time of 7:40.33, while the United States was right behind with a time of 7:40.73. Team USA did take silver and finish ahead of bronze medalist Australia. Australia, led by Titmus, were the favorites to win it all but finished third.
Before that, Dressel won the gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle final in 47.02 seconds, which is a new Olympic record. If that weren't impressive enough, the American swimmer edged out Australia's Kyle Chalmers by just .06 of a second.
Here is a look at the thrilling finish:
After winning his first individual Olympic gold medal, Dressel provided another great moment when he was interviewed on NBC and was overcome with emotion.
Dressel wasn't the only United States swimmer to have success on the night. Bobby Finke won the gold medal in the 800-meter freestyle after trailing for nearly the entire race. Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri led the majority of the way, but Finke made a sensational charge over the final 50 meters to win the race:
It marked the second gold medal in Tokyo for Dressel as he earned another gold medal in the 4x100-meter freestyle race earlier this week. After winning a record eight medals and six gold at the 2019 World Aquatics Championship, Dressel has looked like a star in the post-Michael Phelps era.
Below are recaps of the other finals that took place.
800-meter freestyle final
Gregorio Paltrinieri jumped out to an early lead and had a multiple-length advantage throughout the first 200 meters of the race. Paltrinieri had a comfortable lead throughout the bulk of the race, but United States swimmer Bobby Finke really made a charge over the final 50 meters of the race. Finke was able edge out Paltrinieri with a final time of 7:41 87 to win the gold medal, which was an American record. It also marked the first time that the men's 800-meter freestyle was run in the Olympics.
200-meter breaststroke final
Zac Stubblety-Cook won the gold medal in the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:06.38. The big story was Dutch swimmer Arno Kamminga, who was on pace to beat the world record out of the gate. However, Kamminga faded down the stretch and ended up only earning a silver medal.
Women's 200-meter fly final
Zhang Yufei jumped out to a huge lead in the early going and never relinquished it. Zhang finished with a time of 2:03.86, an Olympic record. However, the American swimmers weren't going to be left off the podium. Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger won the silver and bronze medals, respectively. Flickinger was in second place down the stretch, but Smith was able to edge out Flickinger in the final 50 meters to win the silver medal.