Japanese swimmer Y. Ohashi competes primarily in medley events. At the 2017 World Aquatics Championships, she set a new national record and won silver in the women’s 200-meter individual medley. Her time of 2 minutes, 7.91 seconds places her first among Japanese women to break the 2:08 barrier.
Y. Ohashi Olympic Games Tokyo 2020: Win Gold for Japan
She brought home gold for Japan in the women’s 400-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. In the women’s 200-meter individual medley, she was also victorious, taking home another gold medal.
Y. Ohashi of Japan won the 400-meter individual medley in 4 minutes, 32.08 seconds, giving the Tokyo 2020 hosts a winning start in the swimming tournament. Y. Ohashi displayed water dominance, jumping out to an early lead and holding off the United States’ Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger.
Y. Ohashi National Record Holder in the 400-Meter Individual
Y. Ohashi, the current national record holder in the 400-meter individual relay, has overcome many obstacles in her career, including a diagnosis of anaemia in 2015, which severely hampered her swimming.
After hitting what she called “rock bottom” by failing to qualify for the Olympics in Rio in 2016, the athlete has triumphed at the highest level of competition by claiming gold in her native country.
Y. Ohashi stated after the race, “It doesn’t feel genuine. For me, it’s almost surreal “the woman declared. “Because of this, the Rio Olympics have been a driving motivation for me for the past five years. What you’ve done is incredible; I can’t believe it.”
She also expressed her delight at having achieved her Olympic ambitions in her native country “This means a lot to me, indeed. It has started to feel more genuine after spending time in the Olympic Village with all the competitors, volunteers, and staff who are rooting for me.
At the current Tokyo Olympics, Y. Ohashi made history by being the first Japanese Olympian to win two gold medals.
Y. Ohashi won the women’s 200-meter individual medley at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre on Wednesday, July 28. This is her second gold medal in as many days.
Y. Ohashi swam the final few metres of the race at a speed of 1.53 metres per second (mps), which was matched by American competitor Alex Walsh. Meanwhile, American Kate Douglass was going at the same clip but slowed to 1.52 mps just in time to crash into the barrier.
Y. Ohashi kept her cool and reached the finish line in 2 minutes, 8.52 seconds to win gold.