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18-year-old American Torri Huske finishes 0.01 seconds short of winning a medal in heartbreaking 100-meter butterfly

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American Torri Huske reacts after the 100-meter butterfly final.
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  • Torri Huske missed out on a medal by 0.01 seconds in the women's 100-meter butterfly at Tokyo 2020.

  • The American was with the leaders but got beat on the touch at the finish.

  • Just 18 years old, Huske will hopefully have another shot at gold at Paris 2024.

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American Torri Huske came tantalizingly close to a medal in the women's 100-meter butterfly final at the Olympics on Sunday night.

Heading into the event, Huske was a contender, having set an American record of 55.66 seconds in the event at trials. That time was the fastest of any competitor in 2021.

In the final, Huske got out to a blistering start, getting her head in front of world-record pace and putting herself in second at the 50-meter mark.

With just 10 meters to go, it looked as though Huske had a narrow lead on the field, and gold was in sight. But through the final strokes, she was caught and beaten by just 0.01 seconds to miss out on a bronze medal.

It's as brutal a finish as you can imagine.

Canadian Maggie MacNeil took gold at 55.59 seconds, beating Zhang Yufei of China for the top spot. Emma McKeon of Australia won bronze.

Just 0.09 seconds separated second place from fourth. A silver medal or a trip home empty-handed, decided by less than a blink of an eye.

While the loss hurt, Huske still had plenty of fans back home cheering her on.

While missing out on a medal surely hurt, at 18 years old, Huske should have another shot at gold at Paris 2024.

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