The Japanese athlete swam to victory in 4:32.08, with the USA’s Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger winning silver and bronze.
The Tokyo 2020 hosts are off the mark in the Olympic swimming competition, as OHASHI Yui touched home in 4:32.08 to win 400m Individual Medley gold. Ohashi put in a dominant display in the water, leading from the early stages of the race to fend off the challenges of Emma Weyant and Hali Flickinger, both of the USA.
Ohashi, who is the 400m individual relay national record holder, has had to come a number of setbacks in her career, including being diagnosed with anemia in 2015 – a condition that greatly affected her performances in the pool.
Having hit what she described as “rock bottom”, the athlete has now reached the pinnacle of her sport, winning a historic Olympic gold at her home Olympic Games.