The men’s four failed to win a medal in an event they have dominated this century.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Australia's Ariarne Titmus won her second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics after defeating American rival Katie Ledecky again to win the women's 200m freestyle on Wednesday while Hungary's Kristof Milak powered to men's 200m butterfly gold. Titmus won in a time of 1:53.50 from Hong Kong's Siobhan Haughey with Canada's Penny Oleksiak third. Five-times Olympic champion Ledecky, the defending gold medallist, finished a disappointing fifth, 1.71 behind Titmus.
Great Britain had won the event at every Olympics in the 21st century.
The Tokyo Olympics on Wednesday were still digesting Simone Biles stunning exit from the women's gymnastics team event and waiting to learn if the American would return to competition. Biles sent a shock through the Summer Games on Tuesday when she dropped out of the team competition on her opening vault after receiving a low mark. The 24-year-old said the pressure of living up to expectations and her quest for a record six gold medals had left her no choice but to drop out for her own mental health.