U.S. swimmer Lydia Jacoby, 17, wins women’s 100m breaststroke gold

The Alaskan swimmer takes home a memorable gold, with South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker winning silver and world record holder Lilly King third. 

The USA’s Lydia Jacoby has won a shock gold medal in the women’s 100m breaststroke final at only 17 years old. The swimmer became the first Alaskan swimmer ever to win an Olympic swimming gold medal, as she beat South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker (silver) and pre-race favorite Lilly King – the Rio 2016 Olympic champion – to the title.

Jacoby, whose parents are both boat captains, learned to swim because her mother and father wanted her to be safe in the water. Now that decision has paid off in unimaginable ways, as she takes home the Olympic title.

Jacoby’s time of 1:04.95 was marginally slower than Schoenmaker’s Olympic record of 1:04.82, set two days ago in the semi-final. But when it mattered, Jacoby showed nerves of steel to win a historic – and unexpected – gold in Tokyo.