2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day Seven Prelims Live Recap


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.


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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.

  1. Pernille Blume – Denmark – 24.23
  2. Francesca Halsall – Great Britain – 24.26
  3. Aliaksandra Herasimenia – Belarus – 24.42
  4. Bronte Campbell – Australia – 24.45
  5. Jeanette Ottesen – Denmark – 24.48
  6. Abbey Weitzeil – USA – 24.48
  7. Cate Campbell – Australia – 24.52
  8. Chantal Van Landeghem – Canada – 24.57
  9. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands – 24.57
  10. Sarah Sjostrom – Sweden – 24.66
  11. Simone Manuel – USA – 24.71
  12. Therese Alshammar – Sweden – 24.73
  13. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace – Bahamas – 24.77
  14. Inge Dekker – Netherlands – 24.77
  15. Dorothea Brandt – Germany – 24.77
  16. Etiene Medeiros — Brazil – 24.82




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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.

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri – Italy – 14:44.51
  2. Connor Jaeger – USA – 14:45.774
  3. Jordan Wilimovsky – USA – 14:48.23
  4. Mack Horton – Australia – 14:48.47
  5. Gabriele Detti – Italy – 14:48.68
  6. Damien Joly – France – 14:48.90
  7. Ryan Cochrane – Canada – 14:53.44
  8. Henrik Christiansen – Norway – 14:55.40


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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.

  1. USA – 3:54.67
  2. Canada – 3:56.80
  3. Denmark – 3:56.98
  4. Russia – 3:57.44
  5. Australia – 3:57.80
  6. China – 3:58.23
  7. Italy – 3:59.09
  8. Great Britain – 3:59.34


Start List: click here
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.

  1. Great Britain – 3:30.47
  2. USA – 3:31.83
  3. Japan – 3:32.33
  4. Australia – 3:32.57
  5. China – 3:32.57
  6. Russia – 3:32.95
  7. Brazil – 3:32.96
  8. Germany  – 3:33/67

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4 years ago

No relay selection questions today — how boring.

Stay Human
Reply to  SwimGeek
4 years ago

Well we can still chat about it though. Are you worried like some have talked about on here, about Cody Miller getting DQd for extra dolphins? Past years we’d worry about Cordes getting the relay DQ’d (as he and Grevers did once on an exchange at Worlds), so now it’s weird to now think of him as a potentially “safer” backup. If Cordes somehow went 58.0+ or lower in prelims, maybe he should swim it??

Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

I HIGHLY doubt that an individual medal winner will get sat out of both rounds of the relay.

Stay Human
Reply to  MTK
4 years ago

Yeah I agree; maybe I shouldn’t worry since the officials are letting everyone get away with the extra dolphins– no DQs so far that I know of for that here .

Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

Have we seen any ill gal Dolphins? The u/w shots have been clean from what I’ve seen.

Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

Haters gotta hate.

Swedish Fish
Reply to  Stay Human
4 years ago

The Cody Miller haters need to give it up. He is the American record holder. Move on.

Stay Human
Reply to  Swedish Fish
4 years ago

I don’t hate him. I’m just worried he might get DQd.

Reply to  Swedish Fish
4 years ago

Yeah American record holder cuz he takes 3 dolphin kicks. Clearly he trains hard and is fast and I respect him for doing that, but that doesn’t take away from him cheating to take the extra half second off.

Reply to  SwimGeek
4 years ago

prenot should swim prelims. 59.78 flat start and hes been swimming well and swimming legally

Reply to  Penguin
4 years ago

He’s 3rd fastest the 100.

Tea rex
4 years ago

I’m starting to feel bad for the Australians … Hopefully the Campbells can get a spark in the 50

Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

Except if Abbey or Simone gets the job done again

Reply to  Tea rex
4 years ago

Because at the end if the day there are athletes who have made their investment and are there for their games and they don’t get to make infrastructure decisions?

It really doesn’t take much to meet the minimum bar for both sympathy and empathy to be a somewhat compassionate human being. Sometimes you can tell when someone is a dog on the internet.

ole 99
4 years ago

Maybe a dumb question, but why swim the prelims of the relay today if the final is tomorrow? I could see doing that for the 4 x 200 free relays more than the medley.

Reply to  ole 99
4 years ago

Mainly because there’s no prelims tomorrow at all. Just happens to work out that day 8’s finals as well (1500 free men, and 50 free women) can also be decided by tonight and don’t need day 8 AM swims. Similar strategy in putting 3 of the 4 individual 400m races on day 1, with no semis you then have plenty of medal races on night 1. Kinda clever planning if you ask me, main drawback is a male who is baller at both 400 IM and 400 free is forced to choose one.

Pau Hana
Reply to  ole 99
4 years ago

Perhaps they don’t think they can sell tickets to watch only 4 prelim relay heats?

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Pau Hana
4 years ago

They can’t even sell tickets to prelims in general.

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