2024 World Aquatics Championships
“I can't believe I'm world champion and hearing Portugal's national anthem for the first time,” said the 19-year-old. Diogo Matos Ribeiro After winning the men's 50m butterfly. This is not only Ribeiro's first world title, but also Portugal's first swimming title at the World Championships.
This is a strange world championship, surprises often occur in the 50s, but Ribeiro's victory was no coincidence at all. He is the world junior record holder in this event. And he won the silver medal at the Fukuoka Games last summer, becoming Portugal's first ever world championship medal.
He is now upgraded to gold.
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The last five meters of the race were chaos.The announcer thought so. Cam McEvoy Who won? They never mentioned Ribeiro's name until the final decision.
Ribeiro won the title in 22.97 seconds, just 0.17 seconds shy of the Portuguese record for the performance that won him a silver medal in July. He recovered well after the poor start, but admitted after the race that he had momentary doubts. “When the start was really wrong, for a moment I thought we weren't going to win. The breakout wasn't great, but he gave it his all,” he said.
After winning the silver medal last year, Ribeiro told the media that he “didn't expect a medal at all.” He was spending a year recovering from a motorcycle accident that nearly ended his swimming career. He suffered bruises all over his body, a dislocated shoulder, a broken leg and part of his right index finger, which was later rebuilt and his senses restored.
“After the motorcycle accident I had last year, I thought I would never get back in the water, but I am,” Ribeiro told SwimSwam in 2022 after making big strides at the European Championships and World Juniors.
But it was Ribeiro who arrived in Doha more confident after transferring his success at the 2023 World Championships to the senior international stage.
“Yesterday and today, I couldn't sleep even after lunch thinking about becoming world champion,” he said. “It was as expected here as I was at the top of the start list, but it made me realize that competing in the World Championships is not about doing your best in the heats or semi-finals, it’s about doing your best in the final. We know.”
Ribeiro showed up in the final, shaking off a bad start and a moment of hesitation to move around the field and be the first to put his hands on the wall. He has three more events (50m free/100m free/100m fly) coming up in Doha and is aiming to reach the finals in all three of his events.
- By winning the 100 butterfly, angelina koehler Since then, she has become the first German woman to win a medal at the World Championships. Britta Steffen Koehler fell just short of the German record of 56.11 seconds set in the semi-finals, but his time of 56.28 seconds was more than enough as he won by 0.33 seconds. This is Koehler's first world championship medal. “It meant so much that her mind couldn't take it in, and she couldn't get any words out,” she said after the race.
- adam peaty I'm back on the podium. Despite a poor start and having to expend more energy than he would have liked in the first 50 meters, Peaty fought his way to the podium in the men's 100m breaststroke, winning bronze in 59.10 seconds. In the semi-finals, he recorded his fastest performance since the Tokyo Games (58.60 seconds). This is Peaty's first senior international medal since winning the breaststroke for the 50th time at the 2022 Commonwealth Games, and his first medal at World Championship/Olympic level since the Tokyo Games.
- Overall, the second day saw some “big mistakes” across the preliminaries and finals. Perhaps the biggest mistake of the day was in the women's 100m breaststroke where she had two.defending champion Ruta Meiltite Although his time seemed to stop with 30 meters left, he was unable to get out of his heat and finished 17th with a time of 1:07.79.And the 2022 world champion Benedetta Pilate He recorded a time of 1:06.70, four-hundredths behind the 8th place finisher, and missed out on advancing to the finals. Sophie Angus.
European medal standings until day 2