Ledecky, Dressel Add Star Power As Swimming Takes Centre Stage At Olympics
Zeeshan Mehtab 2 months ago Mon 26th July 2021 | 08:30 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 26th Jul, 2021 ) :US stars Katie Ledecky and Caeleb Dressel are in action on Monday as swimming takes centre stage at the Tokyo Olympics while judo's Shohei Ono aims to keep the golds rolling in for Japan.
Ledecky edged arch-rival Titmus, who stunned the Olympic champion at the 2019 world championships, in the 400m freestyle heats, setting the scene for an epic battle for gold at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
It could be the start of a seven-title spree for Dressel, 24, whose 13 world titles have prompted inevitable comparisons with Phelps -- winner of eight golds in 2008 and 23 in total.
The pressure is on the US team to emulate the golden generation of the retired Phelps along with Ryan Lochte, Nathan Adrian and Tony Ervin, who failed to qualify.
"I think everyone who is on the team, we're going to have to pick up the pace because what they left behind is huge," Dressel said.
In the men's 100m breaststroke final, Peaty is the clear favourite as he attempts to become the first British swimmer to successfully defend an Olympic title.
Peaty, who has lowered the world record five times, won his semi in 57.
63 seconds to lead the timings into the final ahead of Dutchman Arno Kamminga with 58.19.
The 27-year-old crossed the line in a time of 1hr 45min 04sec before raising the winning line tape above his head and then throwing himself to the ground in celebration.
Elsewhere on day three of the action, Olympic judo champion Ono is expecting a "life-or-death" battle in the Nippon Budokan, the sport's spiritual home.
"The Olympics is not a place for enjoyment," he told public broadcaster NHK. "For me, it's a life-or-death battlefield." After an exceptionally rocky build-up to the Games, with a year's delay and fans banned over the coronavirus pandemic, Japan have enjoyed a strong start with five golds in the first two days.