The USA's Robert Finke wins 1500m freestyle for second Tokyo 2020 gold

Robert Finke of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 1500m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
Robert Finke of Team United States reacts after winning the gold medal in the Men's 1500m Freestyle Final on day nine of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre on August 01, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

After winning 800m freestyle gold, Finke adds the 1500m title to his name, with Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk second and Germany's Florian Wellbrock winning bronze. 

It all came down to the final length.

After 1450m where you couldn't call a winner, the USA's Robert Finke - the cream of men's longer-distance swimming at this year's Games - turned things up a gear to win the 1500m freestyle gold at Tokyo Aquatics Centre.

The 10th gold for USA swimmers at this year's Olympics was - fittingly - one of the most exciting races, as Finke finished first in 14:39.65, followed home by silver medallist, Mykhailo Romanchuk in 14:40.66. Special mention must go to Florian Wellbrock of Germany, who led until the final 50m when Finke showed his class to take the win that makes him a double Olympic gold medallist.

After the gold medal, Finke spoke about the surprise he felt at winning two gold medals: "I came in not really expecting to get a medal or anything and came out of it with two golds so I am just going to do my best to process things, hang out with my family and teammates here," he said.

"We've still got a couple of (swimming) events so just going to be screaming my butt off for the team." 

Wellbrock, meanwhile, was thrilled with the bronze medal he won: “It is amazing I am really happy, it was a hard comeback after the 800m (where WELLBROCK finished fourth). I am really happy with the bronze," he said.

“I am the world champion (in the men’s 1500m freestyle) from 2019. I was motivated to do a good race (in the 1500m) now and I am happy with the bronze. I now focus on the open water (marathon) swim and recover (in order) to have a good performance.”