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Swimmer Mattsson wins Finland's first medal of Tokyo Olympics

The 27-year-old from Pori also set a new Finnish record for the 200-metre breaststroke.

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Matti Mattsson's won the World Championships in 2013. Image: EPA-EFE/All Over Press
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Finland has secured its first medal of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after Matti Mattsson finished in third place in the 200-metre breaststroke on Thursday morning.

The 27-year-old swimmer from Pori also set a new Finnish record for the event, with a time of 2:07:03.

Mattsson's bronze medal is Finland's first Olympic medal in swimming in 25 years.

"I sure gave it my all, there was nothing left to give. The last moments started to weigh on me but I was able to push through and sustain the strokes long until the end. This feels absolutely mad," Mattson said, speaking to the press shortly after his third-place finish.

The race was won by Australian Izaac Stubblety-Cook, who also set a new Olympic record of 2:06:38. Arno Kamminga from the Netherlands won silver with a time of 2:07:01.

Mattsson's career took off in 2013 when he won bronze in the World Championships, but he has overcome many setbacks in the intervening years.

"Few know the deep waters I've weathered to reach this point. I have tried many different things and been sent home quite a few times after the first rounds, but now we finally made it all the way to the medals. I couldn't be any happier," Mattsson told Yle Sport.

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