Brazilian Ana Marcela Cunha won the gold of the 10km marathon at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Wednesday morning, after finishing the race in less than two hours.
Dutch Sharon van Rovendal, who was looking to defend her title at the 2016 Rio Olympics, won the silver, while Australia’s Karina Lee took the bronze.
“I didn’t plan it that way, but I’m so happy,” said Konya, who dyed her hair green and yellow to match the colors of the Brazilian outfit perfectly.
Konya has 5 world titles but has never won any Olympic medals.
Under the clear blue sky, some low clouds helped shade the swimmers from the strong sun.
With little wind, the race turned into a show of endurance and tactical style in the warm waters as the temperatures soared.
Germany’s Leonie Beck was in the lead with one lap to go until the swimmers started outselling each other and repositioned themselves for the gold.
Konya managed to rise to the top and did the best performance with one kilometer remaining, and she topped the race and refused to give up the top to the end.
“The water was very warm, and I knew that was going to be a problem for people in the end,” Van Roevendal said.
Van Rovendal stayed behind as a tactical measure at the start of the race, but could not catch Konya on the last lap.
“Maybe it was a safe option to get a medal… I think it’s my best result in the warm waters,” she added.