Ogunbanwo wins women’s 100m freestyle heat at Tokyo Olympics


Abiola Ogunbanwo stunned the pool on Wednesday at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre to win heat 1 of the women’s 100 metres freestyle event of the 2020 Olympic Games’ swimming competition.

Running from lane 3 in the four-competitor heat, Ogunbanwo emerged at the finish lane after 59.74 seconds to qualify for the event’s semi-finals.

The 17-year-old, who is based in Australia, finished 0.27 seconds ahead of Andela Antunovic of Montenegro to win the race.

Antunovic placed second with 1:00.01, while Gaurika Singh of Nepal was third in 1:00.11.

Ogunbanwo’s time is good enough for her to advance as the best 16 swimmers from the seven heats are expected to qualify.


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