Wednesday 9/29/21
200 METER BREASTSTROKE

Swimmer Matti Mattsson, first Finnish medalist in Tokyo 2020

The gold medal went to Australian Izaac Stubblety-Cook
29 July 2021, Japan, Tokyo: Finland's Matti Mattsson celebrates with bronze medal at the award ceremony for the Men’s swimming 200m breaststroke final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa
Finland's Matti Mattsson celebrates with bronze medal at the award ceremony. Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa.

Swimmer Matti Mattsson, 27, from Pori, became the first Finnish medalist at Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by winning bronze in the 200-meter breaststroke.

The gold medal went to Australian Izaac Stubblety-Cook, who turned on the jets in the final length to overtake Dutchman Arno Kamminga, finishing in 2:06.38, setting a new Olympic record.

29 July 2021, Japan, Tokyo: (L-R) Netherlands' silver medallist Arno Kamminga, Australia's gold medallist Zac Stubblety-Cook and Finland's bronze medallist Matti Mattsson celebrate their medals at the award ceremony for the Men’s swimming 200m breaststroke final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa(L-R) Netherlands' Arno Kamminga, Australia's Zac Stubblety-Cook and Finland's Matti Mattsson. Photo: Michael Kappeler/dpa.

Kamminga, who won silver with a time of 2:07.01, swam the first 150 metres well below world record pace before fading in the last stretch, but managed to hold off a charge by Finland's Matti Mattsson, who had to settle for bronze.

Fourth place went to Russian world record holder Anton Tshupkov, who was 11 hundredths behind the Finn.

"I gave it my all. There was nothing left," Mattsson told the Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE) after the race.

29 July 2021, Japan, Tokyo: Finland's Matti Mattsson (L) celebrates winning the bronze medal as Netherlands' Arno Kamminga celebrates over silver in the Men’s swimming 200m breaststroke final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpaFinland's Matti Mattsson (L) celebrates winning the bronze medal as Netherlands' Arno Kamminga celebrates over silver in the Men’s swimming 200m breaststroke final at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Photo: Friso Gentsch/dpa.

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