American swimmer Bobby Finke had a stunning come-from-behind victory that shocked even his teammate
Bobby Finke. ODD ANDERSEN / AFP via Getty Images
The American swimmer Bobby Finke had a breathtaking surprise at the 800 meter freestyle in Tokyo.
Finke stormed from behind for the last 50 meters to steal gold in his only Olympic race.
Caeleb Dressel was shocked to watch the comeback from the practice pool.
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American swimmer Bobby Finke stormed the last 50 meters of the men's 800 meter freestyle from behind on Wednesday evening and won an unlikely gold medal.
Finke, 21, spent most of the race behind Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri, who took an early lead.
But when the race ended in the final 50 meters, Finke hit the afterburners and spun in a staggering 26.39 seconds before hitting the wall first.
Finke moved like a sprinter in the final seconds of a race that had pushed the athletes to the edge over 800 meters.
If you look at how far back Finke was on the last corner, his comeback just looks less likely. Somehow he managed to get the leaders back into the pool for gold.
Finke's team-mate Caeleb Dressel, a Florida Gators swimmer, watched in awe from the practice pool.
Dressel certainly has great confidence in his team-mates, but he couldn't hold back his shock at the result either.
Finke came to Tokyo to swim in a competition and took gold after a stunning finish. Difficult to do better.
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