American swim star Lilly King has criticised the media for allegedly distorting her words and said that her Australian rivals, who are currently equal with the United States in the swimming medal tally with three golds each, are “swimming just fine”.
King courted controversy before Tokyo 2020 when she expressed her belief that the American women could win every individual gold medal at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. With five individual medals race for the women held so far, the Australians have secured two golds, while the USA, Canada and Japan have one apiece.
But King dismissed a journalist’s question on Wednesday after she claimed bronze in the women’s 100m breaststroke.
“I feel like that quote has been twisted … and I’ve commented on that since,” she said. “I said I believed that the Americans could win every single individual gold medal. All I was saying was that I believed in my teams and that I think we have a good shot at swimming well. But that was twisted. The Aussies are swimming just fine.”
Hello! Let’s jump straight back into the surfing because Owen Wright is midway through his semi-final against Ítalo Ferreira. The Brazilian has just made some serious height but didn’t complete the move. Ferreira’s total is 11.00 and Wright needs 6.01 to take the lead with 18 minutes remaining.
Ok, now the pool’s over I can hand you on to Emma Kemp. Thanks for joining me today, enjoy the rest of the action.
Australia’s hopes of landing a medal in the inaugural surfing comp are very much alive after Owen Wright stormed into the semi-finals, to be staged later today at Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach.
Wright – the brother of twice women’s world champion Tyler – moved into a final-four clash with Brazil’s Italo Ferreira in difficult conditions on Tuesday morning, which he managed to navigate with a little help from dry land.
“It’s really tricky out there today,” he said. “I sat on the wrong spot right at the start. But then the team on the beach helped me and I got two good waves straight away. I’m pretty stoked on the coaching from the beach.”
Ferreira, the current world No 2 awaits, and is sure to be a difficult opponent to beat.
“I’ll just do the same, putting good points on the board, got those big airs in the bag, so I’m going to put it to the test, will be trying to do my best and put some pressure,” Wright said.