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Twitter lost its head on Monday night as Lydia Jacoby won the Olympic gold in the women’s 100 breaststroke.
Lydia Jacoby, 17, jumped into the second half of the women’s 100 breaststroke final to win Olympic gold for the US team.
Jacoby was behind at the turn but passed South African Tatjana Schoenmaker to hit the wall first in 1: 04.95. Fellow American and world record holder Lilly King finished third in her attempt to defend her Olympic title.
Even Jacoby herself seemed to be in shock after the best swim of her young career and what could be one of Olympic swimming’s biggest upheavals this summer. The teenager lost three seconds off her personal best in June, just to qualify for the US Olympic swim team. It’s an eternity in a 100m race at this level. A month later, she is Olympic champion.
Lydia Jacoby’s Olympics gold medal reactions are incredible
Of course, Twitter completely lost it.
How tall is Lydia Jacoby?
Lydia Jacoby is listed at 5ft 10in, according to her Olympic profile.
Jacoby is the first Olympic swimmer and only the tenth US summer Olympian to be born in Alaska. During the COVID-19 pandemic, she and her trainer had to get creative with her training routine in the Last Frontier.
The video from the night before at Jacoby’s hometown rail terminal, Seward, AK – residents 2,773 (2019) – was simply the best.
Notably, there is only one 50m swimming pool in the entire state of Alaska. Considering all the kids watching Jacoby’s performance in his first Olympics, we wouldn’t be surprised if that changes in the next few years.