Lydia Jacoby Takes Gold In100m Breaststroke In Surprise Win, Beating Lilly King : Live Updates: The Tokyo Olympics The teenager and first-time Olympian took home the gold in a surprise win, beating out teammate and returning champion Lilly King. The gold was the first one in swimming for her home state of Alaska.

At Just 17, Lydia Jacoby Wins Gold In 100m Breaststroke And Makes History For Alaska

Lydia Jacoby of the United States, sees the results after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. Martin Meissner/AP hide caption

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Lydia Jacoby of the United States, sees the results after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

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Lydia Jacoby took home the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke in a surprise win against teammate, returning champion and world-record holder Lilly King.

For the 17-year-old Jacoby, the win was not only her first ever gold medal, but also the first one in swimming for her home state of Alaska. Jacoby is the first person from the state to make it to the U.S. Olympic swim team.

"I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew I had it in me," Jacoby said after her win. "I wasn't really expecting a gold medal, so when I looked up and saw the scoreboard it was insane."

U.S. gold medalist Lydia Jacoby (left) is congratulated by bronze medalist and compatriot Lilly King after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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U.S. gold medalist Lydia Jacoby (left) is congratulated by bronze medalist and compatriot Lilly King after winning the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

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South African swimmer Tatjana Schoenmaker clocked in after Jacoby to win the silver, followed by King, who won the bronze.

"We love to keep that gold in the USA family," King said of her teammate's win. "This kid just had the swim of her life and I'm so proud to be her teammate and win bronze for my country."

Jacoby's win was celebrated with enthusiasm in her hometown of Seward, Alaska, where footage showed classmates and friends jumping and screaming as she closed in on victory.

Commentators from NBC noted that Jacoby trains in a 25-meter pool, rather than the Olympic sized 50 meters. There's only one known 50-meter pool in the entire state of Alaska and it wasn't close enough to her hometown.

Jacoby has committed to attending the University of Texas at Austin once she completes her last year of high school.

Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States celebrates on the podium after the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke. Matthias Schrader/AP hide caption

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Gold medalist Lydia Jacoby of the United States celebrates on the podium after the final of the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

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