2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day Eight Finals Live Recap


With four gold medals on the line the final night of swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has finally arrived and with it brings the last race Michael Phelps will swim. His last swim won’t take place until the last event of the night, and there’s plenty of action before that performance.

The women’s 50m freestyle will be the first event on the docket giving Australian Cate Campbell the chance to redeem herself from missing the podium in the 100 earlier in the meet. Pernille Blume of Denmark has been demonstrating some quick speed and could be the one to take down Campbell.

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy could win their first swimming gold of these games. He’s the heavy favorite after dropping a 14:44.51 here in Rio and a 14:34 earlier this season. Connor Jaeger of the United States, Mack Horton of Australia, and Ryan Cochrane of Canada will all be trying to fight to get on the podium.

After the completion of the individual events both the women’s and men’s 4x100m medley relays will take place. The women will be racing first where the Americans are heavy favorited. In the men’s race, it’s the last farewell to Phelps who will be fighting alongside his American teammates to take down the British in an event they have never lost at the Olympic Games


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Top Seed: 24.28 – Pernille Blume – Denmark
World Record: 23.73 (2009) – Britta Steffen – Germany
JR World Record: 24.74 – Rikako Ikee – Japan
Olympic Record: 24.05 (2012) – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands
2012 Olympic Champion: 24.05 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands

Pernille Blume of Denmark held on to her top seeds from both the prelims and semifinals in order to claim her first Olympic gold medal, closing fast to touch in at a time of

Defending Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands was right in the mix at the touch but wasn’t able to get her hand on the wall in a podium position. She faded to sixth overall in 24.19 just 0.08 seconds off the podium.

Picking up the silver behind Blume as 100m freestyle co-champion Simone Manuel of the United States. She flew in to just miss gold by two one-hundredths of a second, falling short in a time of 24.09.

Aliaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus managed to squeeze in for the bronze in 24.11.

Cate Campbell of Australia was fifth, her sister Bronte was seventh. The top six swimmers were all extremely close to each other, only separated by 0.12 seconds.

  1. Pernille Blume – Denmark – 24.07
  2. Simone Manuel – USA – 24.09
  3. Aliaksandra Herasimenia – Belarus – 24.11
  4. Francesca Halsall – Great Britain – 24.13
  5. Cate Campbell – Australia – 24.15
  6. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands – 24.19
  7. Bronte Campbell – Australia – 24.42
  8. Etiene Medeiros – Brazil – 24.69


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Top Seed: 14:44.51 – Gregorio Paltrinieri – Italy
World Record: 14:31.02 (2012) – Sun Yang – China
JR World Record: 14:51.54 – Mack Horton – Australia
Olympic Record: 14:31.02 (2012) – Sun Yang – China
2012 Olympic Champion: 14:31.02 – Sun Yang – China

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy met all expectations in tonight’s 1500m freestyle final becoming Italy’s first Olympic gold medallist in the event in the history of swimming. Paltrinieri was in control for the entire race, toying with the world record pace before falling off towards the end.

His time of 14:34.57 gave him a very comfortable lead.

Second overall was Connor Jaeger of the United States who became the first American to medal in the event since Larsen Jensen took silver in 2004. Jaeger’s time of 14:39.48 broke the American record in the event and makes him the first American under 14:40.

Third behind Jaeger was Gabriele Detti of Italy with an amazing back-half to push right into the race. No Italian had ever medalled in this event previously, and now two will stand on the podium. Detti clocked in at 14:40.86 to beat American Jordan Willimovsky who touched fourth overall.

Two-time Olympic medallist in this event, Ryan Cochrane of Canada, ended up sixth in the final just behind Mack Horton of Australia. Both swimmers were medal hopefuls going in but fell behind the lead pack early on.

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri – Italy – 14:34.57
  2. Connor Jaeger– USA – 14.39.48
  3. Gabriele Detti – Italy – 14:40.86
  4. Jordan Wilimovsky – USA – 14:45.03
  5. Mack Horton – Australia – 14:49.54
  6. Ryan Cochrane – Canada – 14:49.61
  7. Damien Joly – France – 14:52.73
  8. Henrik Christiansen – Norway – 15:02.66


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Top Seed: 3:54.67 – USA
World Record: 3:52.05 (2012) – USA
Olympic Record: 3:52.05 (2012) – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 3:52.05 – USA

As expected the Americans claimed the gold in this race well ahead of the rest of the competing nations, but the real battle was for the silver and bronze where it was a dog fight right into the wall.

While the Americans won in 3:53.13, it came down to the touch for the silver and bronze between Australia, Denmark, China, and Canada.

The Australians managed the best touch of the bunch clocking in a combined time of 3:55.00. Denmark was behind them by the smallest of margins, claiming bronze in 3:55.01.

The Chinese and the Canadians were just off the podium.

  1. United States – 3:53.13
  2. Australia – 3:55.00
  3. Denmark – 3:55.01
  4. China – 3:55.18
  5. Canada – 3:55.49
  6. Russian Federation – 3:55.66
  7. Great Britain – 3:56.96
  8. Italy – 3:59.50


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Top Seed: 3:30.47 – Great Britain
World Record: 3:27-28 (2009) – USA
Olympic Record: 3:29.34 (2008) – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 3:29.35 – USA

In the final sendoff for the greatest Olympian of all time Michael Phelps was golden once more, adding to his already impressive repertoire with a fifth gold at these games and his 23rd Olympic gold of all time.

Led-off by Ryan Murphy, the Americans were out fast. Murphy broke the individual world record in the men’s 100m backstroke on the leadoff, touching first in a time of 51.85.

After the breaststroke leg the British took the leads, but Phelps turned things around to put the Americans back in first as Nathan Adrian dove in to close things.

Great Britain picked up the silver, and Australia the third after the Chinese team was disqualified for their relay takeover.

  1. United States – 3:27.95 (Olympic Record)
  2. Great Britain – 3:29.24
  3. Australia – 3:29.93
  4. Russia – 3:31.30
  5. Japan – 3:31.97
  6. Brazil – 3:32.84
  7. Germany – 3:33.50
  8. China – DQ

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4 years ago

Historic Olympic Games for me personally. Catching 15 out of 15 swimming sessions LIVE; in prior Olympiads I had to stay away from all human contact, internet, TV, etc., or missed some sessions due to work schedule, etc. Going to be tough to return to real life after this week. I’ve also enjoyed my renewed interest in swimming – I hope there’s a place for me and everyone here to still overzealously follow swimming, maybe something along the lines of a message board or forum.

Kudos to SwimSwam for excellent USA coverage over these amazing 6+ weeks.

Philip Johnson
4 years ago

“King Chad hasn’t shaved or tapered all year. He’s going to break the hearts of thousands of Phelpamaniacs in Rio.”

Reply to  Philip Johnson
4 years ago

Funny how shad went 1:54.42 untapered and 1:54.06 tapered… hmmm

Philip Johnson
4 years ago

“King Chad for the win in Rio. No explanation needed.”

Reply to  Philip Johnson
4 years ago

It was Brownish who said that right?

4 years ago

Thanks. It’s always good to reread the classics! LOL.

4 years ago

Like if the GOAT tries to come back for 2020, dislike if you disagree.

Reply to  Swammer
4 years ago

He will evanually want to 5 peat in 200 IM and he will just do that event in Toyko and no other races Or relays. At least that’s my hope!

4 years ago

It’s been an honor, GOAT. Tonight will be an emotional night for the swimming world. From all of us here at Swimswam, we salute you.

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