The final of the women’s 200 meter butterfly was incredibly close, with the top two spots separated by just three one hundredths of a second. Leading the way was Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia, who won the race with a time of 2:04.85.
Belmonte Garcia, who has now won two medals in these Olympics, barely beat Australia’s Madeline Groves to the wall with the Australian finishing in 2:04.88. And with her win, Belmonte Garcia is the oldest gold medalist in the history of this event at 25 years, 275 days old. Australia’s Susie O’Neill was 22 years, 359 days old when she won this event in 1996. Taking bronze was Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi, who finished in 2:05.20.
Cammile Adams was the fastest American in the race, just missing out on a medal and finishing fourth. Making her Olympic debut in Rio, Hali Flickinger finished the race in seventh place.
Belmonte took bronze in the 400 meter individual medley earlier this week.