Bobby Finke stuns in 800m win; Dressel goes for gold in 100m at 2020 Tokyo Olympics Swimming

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Caeleb Dressel

Dressel is set for his first shot at individual gold at the Games

So far, swimming has offered some of the most compelling competition in all of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, with America’s Katie Ledecky, Australia’s Ariarne Titmus and Japan’s Yui Ohashi all making headlines in the women’s competition. Now, the men’s side of the water takes center stage with Wednesday night’s medal finals, which are headlined by men’s 100-meter freestyle and 200-meter breaststroke.

For the United States, Caleb Dressel is on the marquee tonight. He’s is pursuing his first shot at an individual gold medal this Olympics.

While Dressel is not set to swim until 10:30 p.m. ET, there’s already been some fireworks during this swimming session.

United States swimmer Bobby Finke won 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:

Dressel starred for Team USA in team relays on Monday, leading the team to a gold medal in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay. A 24-year old from Green Cove Springs, Fla., Dressel is carrying with him unique and major expectations in these Olympic games: After winning a record eight medals and six gold at the 2019 World Aquatics Championship, Dressel has been looked to as a new star for men’s swimming in the post-Michael Phelps era.

In addition to the Men’s 100m freestyle and 200m breaststroke, there will also be an 800m freestyle. Women’s competition will also be at hand, with a 200m butterfly and a 4x200m freestyle relay.

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