Japan’s Yui Ohashi wins her second Olympic gold in swimming

Ohashi took first place in women’s swimming 200m individual medley on day five of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Lim Chee Wah
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Lim Chee Wah

Yui Ohashi won her first Olympic swimming gold medal on July 25 in the women's 400-metre individual medley. The 25 year-old swimmer has now followed up with another gold medal today, this time in the women’s swimming 200m individual medley, where she finished in 2 minutes and 8.52 seconds.

Alex Walsh from Team US took silver with 2 minutes and 8.65 seconds while Kate Douglass, also from Team US, came in at third place with 2 minutes and 9.04 seconds.

For Ohashi, it was an inspiring story of hard work and perseverance. As reported by The Japan Times, she considered giving up on swimming back in 2015, due partly to her extreme anemia diagnosis and her less-than-ideal performance at national championships where she was placed 40th. But now, she's a two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Earlier today at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre, Tomoru Honda claimed a silver medal in the men’s swimming 200-metre butterfly. This brings Team Japan's medal count to 20: 11 gold, 4 silver and 5 bronze.

Keep up-to-date with our guide to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics as well as our Tokyo 2020 Olympics medal tally for Japan.

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