Japanese swimmer Rie Kaneto won the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Breaststroke Swimming event of Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
Rie Kaneto clocked a time of 2:20.30 to win the gold medal, the event in which United States have been winning gold since Athen’s 2004 Olympic Games.
In fact this time around no swimmer from United States made it to the finals.
Yuliya Yefimova of Russia won the silver medal with a time of 2:21.97 while China’s Shi Jinglin won the bronze medal with a time of 2:22.28.
The 2016 Olympic final was missing the defending gold and silver medalists from the 2015 World Championships. Japan’s Kakano Watanabe, last year’s top swimmer, failed to qualify for the event. Silver medalist Micah Lawrence did not participate in the event. However, two of last year’s three bronze medalists turned up for the final. Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen and China’s Shi Jinglin had the opportunity defend their spots on the podium in 2016.