Panama City, FL –
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) – Joe Finke only gets two hours of sleep, but said it was worth watching his son win gold.
His son, Clearwater Olympic athlete Bobby Finke finished first in the debut of the men’s 800-meter freestyle event at the Tokyo Aquatic Center, overtaking three swimmers at the last minute to win the gold in 7 minutes, 41.87 seconds, just 0.24 ahead of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri.
“We were jumping up and down, clapping and speechless at the same time,” Finke’s dad told 8 On Your Side.
Joey Finke said it was a nerve-racking evening for their family. They thought the 21-year-old would finish in fourth place, but on the last flip he activated the boost and passed the competition to win the gold medal.
“Someone is waking me up, because it’s not supposed to happen,” Joe Finke said. “To really see it come true, for something like that on this stage, just unreal.”
Finke grew up swimming at the North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Petersburg and now swims at the University of Florida. He holds the record for the fastest swimming mile in America.
On Friday, he will compete in the men’s 1,500 freestyle qualifying.
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