TOKYO: American Robert Finke earned the honour of becoming the first men’s Olympic 800m freestyle champion on Thursday when he touched ahead of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri in a nailbiter.
Paltrinieri led virtually from the start before Finke hauled him in over the final 50m to touch in 7min 41.87sec.
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The Italian was second in 7:42.11, with Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk third in 7:42.33.
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