A detail familiar from the TV pictures of the swimming revealed how wild the pace of Pori's pride Matti Mattsson, 27, held in the final of the 200-meter breaststroke that ended in the Olympic bronze in Tokyo on Thursday morning Finnish time.
The line representing the world record speed moved along the surface of the pool in the usual way in the broadcast transmitted by TV5 and Discovery +.
For a long time, Mattsson swam faster than Anton Tshupkov of Russia in his ME swim at the 2019 World Championships.
Tshupkov’s first 50 meters folded at the time of 29.73.
Mattsson started with a time of 28.96 and was third in the first turn.
- I wondered if Vesti Hanski, an expert who commented on swimming to Yle Puhe, started too hard, said at the medal coffee in the morning on TV2.
Mattsson continued at a faster pace for ME.
At 100 meters, he was second and fell short of the record by about 1.4 seconds.
- I noticed that oops, now there is a world record line and a man behind, Hanski said.
Tshupkov was in the final, but was bluntly behind Mattsson in fourth.
In the third turn, the Finn still came second in swimming, still 0.88 seconds below the ME pace.
The ME line of the TV broadcast did not fly out of Mattsson's reach until about 20 meters before the finish.
Mattsson was still in the top positions.
- When there were 15 meters left I thought it wasn't a joke, this would become a medal, Hanski stated.
Mattsson's final result was 2.07.13, which improved the Finnish record he swam in the semifinals by more than a second and is also a new Nordic record.
The winner, Australia’s Izaac Stubblety-Cook swam to a new Olympic record of 2.06.38.
Silver medalist, Dutch Arno Kamminga beat Mattsson by 12 hundredths.
The ME time remained valid.
It is 2.06.12.
- It was one of the finest moments I have experienced as a spectator or expert at a sporting event.
I had a feeling this was going to be a good and historic day.
Although the facts spoke in part of the language that Matti is not a pre-favorite, the underlying feeling was that Matti's difficult years are breaking out in this swimming and that's what happened, Hanski commented on Mattsson's amazing medal performance on TV2 happily.Keywords: