2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
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Heading into our last prelims session of the competition we’re hitting both ends of the spectrum with the fastest women’s event and the slowest men’s event.
Cate and Bronte Campbell of Australia will get the chance to redeem themselves in the 50m freestyle today after both failing to make the podium in the 100 last night.
Following the women’s splash and dash will be the heats of he men’s 1500 freestyle where Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri is the top seed ahead of world record holder Sun Yang. Australia’s Mack Horton will be in the mix looking to defend his 400 win over Yang from the first day of the meet.
The men’s and women’s 4x100m medley relays will take place after the 50 free and 1500 free. The USA is favored in both races.
WOMEN’S 50m FREESTYLE
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Top Seed: 23.84 – Bronte Campbell – Australia
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 topped the field in the women’s splash and dash with a new Danish national record, taking out Jeanette Ottesen‘s previous mark with a 24.23.
Blume won the 12th and final heat with the fastest time, just passing the 24.26 that Fran Halsall of Great Britain swam in the 11th heat. Halsall and Blume were just about two-tenths of a second faster than all other competitors this morning.
Allaksandra Herasimenia of Belarus was the closest competitor to the two leaders, sporting a 24.42 at the touch to win the 10th heat. That time gave her the third overall seed heading into tonight’s semifinals.
Both Campbell sisters from Australia, Bronte and Cate, made it through to the next round taking the fourth and seventh overall seeds respectively. Bronte was a 24.45, Cate was a 24.52.
Defending Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo will be swimming in tonight’s semifinals after posting a 24.57 which tied her with Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem for eighth overall.
One of the 100m freestyle gold medallists and the 100m freestyle bronze medallist will be in the final. American Simone Manuel qualified in 11th one position behind Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom.
- Pernille Blume – Denmark – 24.23
- Francesca Halsall – Great Britain – 24.26
- Aliaksandra Herasimenia – Belarus – 24.42
- Bronte Campbell – Australia – 24.45
- Jeanette Ottesen – Denmark – 24.48
- Abbey Weitzeil – USA – 24.48
- Cate Campbell – Australia – 24.52
- Chantal Van Landeghem – Canada – 24.57
- Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands – 24.57
- Sarah Sjostrom – Sweden – 24.66
- Simone Manuel – USA – 24.71
- Therese Alshammar – Sweden – 24.73
- Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – Bahamas – 24.77
- Inge Dekker – Netherlands – 24.77
- Dorothea Brandt – Germany – 24.77
- Etiene Medeiros — Brazil – 24.82
ALL FINALS FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENTS WILL TAKE PLACE TOMORROW NIGHT.
MEN’S 1500m FREESTYLE
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Top Seed: 14:34.04 – 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
The defending Olympic champion and world record holder, Sun Yang of China, will not be in the championship final of the 1500m freestyle to defend his title. There are reports that Yang has been sick, and thus wasn’t able to perform at his best this morning in the heats.
In fact, Yang won’t be the only 1500m freestyle gold medallist to miss today’s final as Oussama Mellouli of Tunisia only finished in 21st, also missing the final. Yang finished 16th.
The only swimmer who medalled at the 2012 Olympics in this event that will be in the final is Canada’s Ryan Cochrane. Cochrane just squeaked in seventh overall with a time of 14:53.44. If he wants to achieve his gold medal dream, he’s going to need to do so from an outside lane.
In order for him to do so however, he’d need to get past some extremely tough competitors. Gregorio Paltrinieri of Itlay is the toughest, posting the fastest time this morning and entering the meet as the top seed. Along with the two Americans, Connor Jaeger and Jordan Wilimovsky, as well as Mack Horton of Australia, the battle for a battle is going to be very tight in tomorrow night’s final.
- Gregorio Paltrinieri – Italy – 14:44.51
- Connor Jaeger – USA – 14:45.774
- Jordan Wilimovsky – USA – 14:48.23
- Mack Horton – Australia – 14:48.47
- Gabriele Detti – Italy – 14:48.68
- Damien Joly – France – 14:48.90
- Ryan Cochrane – Canada – 14:53.44
- Henrik Christiansen – Norway – 14:55.40
WOMEN’S 4x100m MEDLEY RELAY
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Top Seed: 3:54.41 – China
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 are going into the finals of the 4x100m medley relay as the top seed without using all of their top guns. A huge 1:04.93 split from Katie Meili on the breaststroke leg is what separated them from the rest of the field.
Meili finished third in the individual 100m breaststroke behind fellow American Lilly King and Russia’s Yulia Efimova.
The most stunning swim came from the Canadian women, led off by Kylie Masse in a new 100m backstroke Canadian record of 58.66. The team of Masse, Rachel Nicol, Noemie Thomas, and Taylor Ruck smashed the Canadian record.
Tonight Thomas will likely be replaced with Penny Oleksiak on the fly leg and Ruck will likely be replaced with Chantal Van Landeghem.
- USA – 3:54.67
- Canada – 3:56.80
- Denmark – 3:56.98
- Russia – 3:57.44
- Australia – 3:57.80
- China – 3:58.23
- Italy – 3:59.09
- Great Britain – 3:59.34
MEN’S 4x100m MEDLEY RELAY
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Top Seed: 3:29.93 – USA
World Record: 3:27-28 (2009) – USA
Olympic Record: 3:29.34 (2008) – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 3:29.35 – USA
The British managed to trump the Americans this morning thanks to the fastest ever breaststroke split by Adam Peaty. Putting up a time of 3:30.47, they beat the American prelims team by over a second.
Although the Americans will sub in our new guys for the final, the British still have a commanding lead over this event at the moment. The Americans have never lost this race at the Olympic Games.
- Great Britain – 3:30.47
- USA – 3:31.83
- Japan – 3:32.33
- Australia – 3:32.57
- China – 3:32.57
- Russia – 3:32.95
- Brazil – 3:32.96
- Germany – 3:33/67