TOKYO (WFLA/AP) — UPDATE: Sarasota native and Olympic athlete Emma Weyant is coming home with an Olympic medal.
The 19-year-old finished second in the Women’s 400m individual medley Saturday night.
Weyant finished with a time of 4:32.76. She came in behind Yui Ohashi, who finished with a time of 4:32.08.
Friends and family members back home celebrated as their beloved Sarasota Sharks swimmer
ORIGINAL STORY: Sarasota native and Olympic athlete Emma Weyant is headed to the women’s 400 individual medley final after a lead performance Saturday.
The 19-year-old Weyant landed the first spot with a time of 4:33:55. In comparison, defending champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary, the oldest swimmer, landed in seventh in 4:36.01.
8 On Your Side spoke to Weyant’s mother, who said she was up all night in anticipation of her daughter’s race. “She’s been doing it since she was eight years old and she just always loved it,” said Kristi Cardonin-Weyant. “It’s a lot. It’s a lot of early mornings and afternoons but she loved every second of it and we loved it for her, so I mean it’s a dream come true. It’s a dream come true.”
Weyant will compete Saturday night during NBC Primetime, which airs on News Channel 8 at 10:12 p.m. EDT. You can also watch the medley by going to the NBC website.