Double gold: China’s Zhang becomes a breakout star at pool

Tokyo Olympics Swimming

Zhang Yufei, of China, poses with the gold medal after winning the women’s 200-meter butterfly final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, July 29, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

TOKYO (AP) — Zhang Yufei had a much busier morning than she was expecting at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. It was worth the effort. She left with a pair of gold medals and a couple of records, too.

Zhang started off with a dominating victory in the women’s 200-meter butterfly, finishing more than a body length ahead of two Americans in an Olympic-record time.

About an hour later, the 23-year-old returned to the deck to swim for China in the 4×200 freestyle relay.

Her team denying both Aussie Ariarne Titmus and American Katie Ledecky another gold.

Categories: Tokyo Olympics