American Bobby Finke wins gold in first-ever men's Olympic 800m freestyle

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American swimmer Bobby Finke won gold in the first-ever men's Olympic 800-meter freestyle final on Thursday.

The big picture: The 21-year-old came from behind in the last 50 meters to win the race, beating Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri, who won silver, and Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk, who took bronze.

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  • "I'm just feeling excited," Finke, a first-time Olympian, said after the race.

The men's 800m final in Tokyo. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

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