July 31, 2021

Armstrong Wins Olympic Gold


Buckeyes at the Olympics

TOKYO, Japan – Hunter Armstrong is an Olympic gold medalist.

The United States’ 4×100 men’s medley relay team earned the gold medal Saturday evening at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre, finishing in 3:26.78 to set an Olympic and world record in the event. Armstrong helped Team USA to a spot in the final, swimming in the team’s preliminary race.

“We could not be more proud of the United States and Hunter Armstrong,” Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott said. “This is the stuff of dreams. And to think Hunter Armstrong from Dover, Ohio is making his dreams come true on the world stage is pretty amazing”

Armstrong swam backstroke in the relay’s qualifying heat on Thursday, finishing in 53.51 to help the team to a seventh-place overall finish and a spot in the finals. Though he did not swim in the final, he will receive a medal for his efforts as a member of the relay team.

Armstrong, a rising junior, is the first Ohio State male swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic team in 65 years. In 1956, the Melbourne, Australia games had four Ohio State swimmers compete for the U.S.

“Tomorrow morning there will be a young man waking up somewhere in Ohio dreaming of being the next Hunter Armstrong, and that is pretty special,” Dorenkott said. “The best part is that Hunter and Ohio State are just getting started. Look out Paris, because the Buckeyes are coming in strong.”

The U.S. 4×100 medley relay team earned the country’s 11th swimming gold medal at the Olympics and 19th overall at the games.