Portland, Oregon 2021-07-29 13:40:45 –
NS. Petersburg, Florida (WFLA) — Joe Finke runs with only two hours of sleep, but said it’s worth seeing his son win the gold medal.
His son, Bobby Finke of the Clearwater Olympics Finished first in the debut of the men’s 800-meter freestyle swimming event At the Tokyo Aquatics Center, I overtook three swimmers at the very end and won the gold medal in 7 minutes 41.87 seconds. This is only 0.24 seconds ahead of Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri.
“We were just jumping, cheering, and speechless,” Finke’s father told 8 On Your Side.
Joey Finke said it was a nervous night for the family. They thought the 21-year-old would finish in 4th place, but on the final flip he turned on the boost and overtook the competition to bring back the money.
“Someone will wake me up because it can’t happen,” said Joe Finke. “It’s just unrealistic to see it happen because of that at that stage.”
Finke grew up swimming in the North Shore Aquatic Complex in St. Petersburg and is currently swimming at the University of Florida. He holds the record for the fastest mile swim in the United States.
On Friday, he will qualify for the Men’s 1500 Freestyle Qualifier.
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