2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day Six Finals Live Recap


Tonight, the final showdown between two American swimming legends, Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte, will take place as they each try to grab one last gold and get the upper hand on each other in the final of the men’s 200m IM.

Before their epic battle takes place four events will be contested. The first of which is the 50m freestyle. Andrii Govorov of Ukraine set a national record this morning to take the top seed heading into semifinals. He’s joined by the two Americans, Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin, as the fastest competitors this morning.

The women’s 200m breaststroke final will take place right after. This race is going to be one of the tightest races on the Olympic schedule. All qualifiers posted very similar times in the heats led by Taylor McKeown of Australia in 2:21.69.

Ryan Murphy of the United States will attempt to win the first gold of the evening for the Americans shortly after in the men’s 200m backstroke final. Evgeny Rylov of Russia is the top seed, but Murphy already proved he has what it takes to be an Olympic champion winning the 100 back gold earlier on.

Missy Franklin will have a shot to get into the women’s 200m backstroke final during her semifinal tonight. The fastest time this morning was done by 100 back champion Katinka Hosszu. Look for defending world champ Emily Seebohm of Australia to also be in the mix.

Phelps and Lochte will race in the final showdown shortly after. Lochte, the world record holder, will try to dismantle Phelps dream of becoming the first swimmer to win four consecutive Olympic golds in the same event. Phelps will be looking for one last win over his greatest competitor in order to cap off an incredible career as the greatest swimmer of all time.

Cate Campbell of Australia has the potential to win her first Olympic gold in an individual event this evening in the women’s 100m freestyle. She broke the Olympic record in the heats and previously broke the world record at an in-season meet. Penny Oleksiak of Canada is in the mix for a medal at just 16-years-old. Both Bronte Campbell and Sarah Sjostrom are going to try to take Oleksiak down in hopes of getting on the podium.

Phelps will be back in action again in the semifinals of the men’s 100m butterfly. He’ll be competing not long after his 200m IM final. The 100m butterfly is another event where he could potentially four-peat.


Start List: click here
Top Seed: 21.49– Andrii Govorov – Ukraine
World Record: 20.91 (2009) – Cesar Cielo (Brazil)
JR World Record: 22.00 – Yu Hexin – China
Olympic Record: 21.30 (2008) – Cesar Cielo – Brazil
2012 Olympic Champion: 21.34 – Florent Manaudou – France

Defending Olympic champion Florent Manaudou was off like a rocket in the first semifinal of the men’s 50m freestyle, defeating Nathan Adrian of the United States with a time of 21.32.

Adrian finished second to Manaudou in 21.47, securing his spot in the final qualifying fourth overall. Ahead of Adrian were Andrii Govorov of Ukraine and Anthony Ervin of the United States.

Govorov took another three one-hundredths off the Ukranian national record in order to claim the victory in the second semifinal in a dead heat with Ervin.

Ervin and Govorov both clocked in at 21.46 and will take the second and third overall seeds respectively. Ervin was very slow off the blocks but managed to eat up the lead to tie Govorov.

  1. Florent Manaudou – France – 21.32
  2. Anthony Ervin – USA – 21.46 TIE
  3. Andrii Govorov – Ukraine – 21.46 TIE
  4. Nathan Adrian – USA – 21.47
  5. Benjamin Proud – Great Britain – 21.54
  6. Bruno Fratus – Brazil – 21.71 TIE
  7. Simonas Bilis – Lithuania – 21.71 TIE
  8. Brad Tandy – South Africa – 21.80


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Top Seed: 2:21.69 – Taylor McKeown – Australia
World Record: 2:19.11 (2013) – Rikke Moller Pedersen – Denmark
JR World Record: 2:19.64 – Viktoria Gunes – Turkey
Olympic Record: 2:19.59 (2012) – Rebecca Soni – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 2:19.59 – Rebecca Soni – USA

Rie Kaneto of Japan managed to earn herself the gold medal taking down the world record holder Rikke Moller Pedersen and Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova as she approached the wall to touch first.

Kaneto came close to the magic 2:20 range with a very dominant 2:20.30 performance. She was well ahead of silver medallist Efimova who made a late charge as per usual to claim the silver in a time of 2:21.97.

Efimova beat Shi Jinglin of China to the wall. Jinglin finished fourth in the 100m breaststroke earlier this week, finally getting a medal with her 2:22.28 performance. Just six one-hundredths out of a medal position was Chloe Tutton of Great Britain.

Taylor McKeown who had the most dominant semifinal swim faded to fifth after turning first at the 100-meter mark. She clocked in at 2:22.43, fighting towards the will with Jinglin and Tutton but ultimately getting the worst finish of the bunch.

Pedersen of Denmark finished eight in the final.

1. Rie Kaneto – Japan – 2:20.30

2. Yulia Efimova – Russia – 2:21.97
3. Shi Jinglin – China – 2:22.28
4. Chloe Tutton – GBR – 2:22.34
5. Taylor McKeown – AUS – 2:22.43
6. Molly Renshaw – GBR – 2:22.72
7. Kierra Smith – Canada – 2:23.19
8. Rikke Moller Pedersen – Denmark – 2:23.74


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Top Seed: 1:54.45 – Evgeny Rylov – Russia
World Record: 1:51.92 (2009) – Aaron Peirsol – USA
JR World Record: 1:56.79 – Li Guangyuan – China
Olympic Record: 1:53.41 (2012) – Tyler Clary – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 1:53.41 – Tyler Clary – USA

Ryan Murphy of the United States managed to hold on with a strong finish to sweep the backstroke and continue a sixth straight Olympic title in the event for an American man. Murphy was a 1:53.62 at the wall, beating his own best time to take down the defending world champion Mitch Larkin of Australia.

Larkin finished just over three-tenths of a second behind Murphy with a time of 1:53.96, fading towards the end as Murphy established himself as the clear leader heading into the wall.

Behind both Murphy and Larkin was Evgeny Rylov of Russia who was the top seed after both the prelims and semifinals but couldn’t hold on to the streak, instead settling for the bronze in a time of 1:53.97.

The top three were well ahead of everyone else as Xu Jiayu of China finished fourth in 1:55.16, over a second behind Rylov of Russia. Jacob Pebley of the United States was fifth in 1:55.52, ahead of world junior record holder Li Guanyuan of China. Guanyuan was a 1:55.89 for sixth overall.

Ryosuke Irie of Japan touched eighth with a time of 1:56.36.

1. Ryan Murphy – USA – 1:53.62

2. Mitch Larkin – AUS – 1:53.96
3. Evgeny Rylov – Russia – 1:53.97
4. Xu Jiayu – China – 1:55.16
5. Jacob Pebley – USA – 1:55.52
6. Li Guangyuan – China – 1:55.89
7. Christian Diener – Germany – 1:56.27
8. Ryosuke Irie – Japan – 1:56.36


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Top Seed: 2:06.09 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary
World Record: 2:04.06 (2012) – Missy Franklin -USA
JR World Record: 2:07.43 – Daria Ustinova – Russia
Olympic Record: 2:04.06 (2012) – Missy Franklin – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 2:04.06 – Missy Franklin – USA

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary re-broke her Hungarian national record of 2:06.09 that she set this morning in the heats of the 200m backstroke with a 2:06.03 performance in her semifinal tonight.

Hosszu was electric, giving herself a gigantic lead ahead of the remainder of the field, establishing herself as the clear threat for gold going into tomorrow night’s final.

She’ll likely be challenged by Hilary Caldwell of Canada who won the first of the two semifinals in a time of 2:07.17. She’s been very consistant after a great swim this morning which also ranked her second behind Hosszu.

Maya DiRado of the United States was third overall, putting up a time of 2:07.53. That time was precisely one one-hundredth of a second faster than Liu Yaxin of China who rocked a 2:07.54 at the touch.

World junior record holder Daria Ustinova of Russia managed to squeeze into the final, tying for seventh with Eyglo Gustafsdottir as the two of them both managed to make the final.

Defending Olympic champion and world record holder Missy Franklin of the United States finished seventh in the second semifinal and did not advance to the next round.

1. Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2:06.03

2. Hilary Caldwell – Canada – 2:07.17
3. Maya Dirado – USA – 2:07.53
4. Liu Yaxin – China – 2:07.54
5. Belinda Hocking – AUS – 2:07.83
6. Kirsty Coventry – Zimbabwe – 2:08.83
7. Eyglo Gustafsdottir – Iceland – 2:08.84 TIE
7. Daria Ustinova – Russia – 2:08.84 TIE


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Top Seed: 1:55.78 – Michael Phelps – USA
World Record: 1:54.00 (2011) – Ryan Lochte – USA
Olympic Record: 1:54.23 (2008) – Michael Phelps – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 1:54.27 – Michael Phelps – USA

In the last historic showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte of the United States, the winningest Olympian of all time came up with yet another win as Lochte faded on the final 50 to finish off the podium.

Thiago Pereira of Brazil turned first at the 50-meter mark followed closely by both Phelps and Lochte. Heading into the halfway point Lochte edged the two leaders out heading into the wall, turning first after the backstroke as the three leaders all turned onto the front.

With a huge move on the breaststroke Phelps took the lead. Pereira passed Lochte as they turned for home in that order.

Coming off the final wall Phelps only extended his lead, surging in front of some of his biggest rivals from his career in order to establish a body-length lead.

At the wall it was all Phelps as he stretched in to win his 22nd Olympic gold medal and 26th Olympic medal. The win made Phelps the first swimmer to ever win four consecutive golds in the same event at the Olympic Games. Phelps time of 1:54.66 was just 0.66 seconds off Lochte’s world record.

Both Lochte and Pereira faded on the last 50 as Kosuke Hagino of Japan and Wang Shun of China both edged out in front of the two veterans. Hagino claimed silver in 1:56.61 as  Shun took the bronze in 1:57.05.

Lochte ended up fifth in 1:57.47, falling just about half a second back of a podium finish. Pereira faded even harder, finishing seventh in 1:58.02.

1.Michael Phelps – USA – 1:54.66

2. Kosuke Hagino – Japan – 1:56.61
3. Wang Shun – China – 1:57.05
4. Hiromasa Fujimora – Japan – 1:57.21
5. Ryan Lochte – USA – 1:57.47
6. Philip Heintz – Germany – 1:57.48
7. Thiago Pereira – Brazil – 1:58.02
8. Dan Wallace – GBR – 1:58.54


Start List: click here
Top Seed: 52.71 – Cate Campbell – Australia
World Record: 52.06 (2016) – Cate Campbell – Australia
JR World Record: 52.72 – Penny Oleksiak – Canada
Olympic Record: 52.71 (2016) – Cate Campbell – Australia
2012 Olympic Champion: 53.00 – Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands

In one of the most unexpected results of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games both Simone Manuel of the United States and Penny Oleksiak of Canada both touched the wall in a dead heat for gold.

Cate Campbell of Australia was out fast, turning under world record pace at the 50-meter mark as the entire field turned for home tightly bunched behind her. Oleksiak turned seventh at the 50, well behind but began to charge out in front with Manuel of the United States.

Also with the front pack was Sarah Sjostrom of the Sweden. With 25-meters to go Oleksiak and Manuel began to move forward as Manuel was clearly in the lead. With a huge last 15-meters, Oleksiak began to surge forward, touching the wall simultaneously with Manuel in 52.70.

Oleksiak and Manuel both broke the Olympic record, and Oleksiak broke her own world junior record and Canadian record. Oleksiak’s gold also makes her the first Canadian swimmer to ever win four medals at one Olympic Games.

Sjostrom finished third in 52.99. Campbell faded to sixth in 53.24.

1. Simone Manuel – USA – 52.70

1. Penny Oleksiak – Canada – 52.70

3. Sarah Sjostrom – Sweden – 52.99
4. Bronte Campbell – AUS – 53.04
5. Ranomi Kromowidjojo – Netherlands – 53.08
6. Cate Campbell – AUS – 53.24
7. Abbey Weitzeil – USA – 53.30
8. Jeanette Ottesen – Denmark – 53.36


Start List: click here
Top Seed: 51.41 – Joseph Schooling – Singapore
World Record: 49.82 (2009) – Michael Phelps – USA
JR World Record: 51.33 – Li Zhuhao – China
Olympic Record: 50.58 (2008) – Michael Phelps – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 51.21 – Michael Phelps – USA

Tomorrow’s 100m butterfly final is going to be another grudge match involving Michael Phelps where he’ll be fighting for his final individual Olympic gold of his career.

Qualifying first was Joseph Schooling of Singapore well ahead of everyone else in 50.83. That time broke the Singaporean national record. Schooling was the only swimmer this evening under 51-seconds.

Chad le Clos of South Africa qualified second overall in 51.43 followed by Li Zhuhao of China and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. Both le Clos and Cseh earned individual hardware in this event at last year’s world championships.

Phelps qualified fifth in 51.58 ahead of fellow American Tom Shields in 51.61.

1. Joseph Schooling – Singapore – 50.83

2. Chad Le Clos – South Africa – 51.43
3. Li Zhuhao – China – 51.51
4. Laszlo Cseh – Hungary – 51.57
5. Michael Phelps – USA – 51.58
6. Tom Shields – USA – 51.61
7. Aleksandr Sadovnikov – Russia – 51.71
8. Mehdy Metella – France – 51.73

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5 years ago

This is going to be probably the best finals sessio nof the Olympics, really looking forward to it

Reply to  Kaez
5 years ago

Oh yeahhhh

5 years ago

The old man looks really his turnover and finish to the wall is amazing he just needs a little better start

Reply to  Kaez
5 years ago

U were right my friend !

5 years ago

Please….someone beat Efimova

Reply to  Alec
5 years ago

I think Taylor is our only hope…….Needs to take it out fast though

Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

I think most US fans will be rooting for McKeown tonight!

Reply to  Danjohnrob
5 years ago

Where’s Lily King when you need her to take it out super fast……break Efimoredrugsova

Reply to  Alec
5 years ago

DONE by Kaneto

5 years ago

W100fr, M200im, M200bk… Big finals tonight… Campbell, Phelps and Rylov looking best after Semis for me… Oleksiak, Hagino and Murphy closest.

Love to see James Guy go close to the 100fl final too – Saying on BBC he feels he got his taper a bit wrong and it’s kicking in now… fingers crossed!

Reply to  Dee
5 years ago

I would be really surprised to see rylov take it but at the same time he did have a very impressive semi final swim. Still betting Mitch Larkin taking it but this final is way more wide open after his disappointing 100.

5 years ago

Almost expected McEvoy to pull out of the 50free heats. On TV here he refused to answer question if he was sick saying he didn’t want to take anything away from Kyle’s story. I hope – at least – he is able to swim medley relay heats to see if he can score a medal if AUS team can manage that in the final. Hope everyone enjoys tonight’s session 🙂

Reply to  oceanian
5 years ago

Class act.

Reply to  oceanian
5 years ago

I think we all know he’s sick. Good on him for not using it as an excuse

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Didn’t see you yesterday, glad you’re back.

Reply to  Philip Johnson
5 years ago

Internet was down for yesterday’s finals and today’s prelims. Very frustrating

Reply to  Pvdh
5 years ago

Pedal faster

Reply to  oceanian
5 years ago

According to coach not sick…Just got spooked by the big final.

5 years ago

Any live streaming links?

5 years ago

*breaking* Chinese swimmer Chen Xinyi caught doping in Rio

Philip Johnson
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5 years ago


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5 years ago
Reply to  oceanian
5 years ago

Wow. If this is true I am going to be so mad. Chen Xinyi got 8th in the 100 fly semi. Kelsi Worrell got 9th…….she could have bounced back and medaled in the final.

5 years ago

Phelps split 27.9 on the last 50 of the im in Rio.

Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
5 years ago

In Omaha sorry! 28.4 in Rio

5 years ago

If Phelps wins the 200m IM tonight, Rowdy will declare to us that MP is the greatest living creature in the history of the universe. If Lochte wins the 200m IM tonight, Rowdy will comment that he’s happy about Lochte’s “story arc” coming full circle. If neither one wins tonight, expect months of “What If?” documentaries after the Olympics, featuring MP’s ripped cap and Lochte’s pulled groin. I’m not sure I can imagine what will happen if Lochte and Phelps tie for gold tonight, but it could involve giving these 2 an automatic bid to compete in the 200m IM at every Olympics through Detroit 2036.

And no matter what happens tonight: In another 2 to 3 years, Phelps and… Read more »

Naya Missy
Reply to  25METER_IM
5 years ago

What if they two do Masters swimming in 10, 15 years from now and start racing each other again?

They’ve already redefined swimming, might as well transcend Masters swimming too.

Reply to  Naya Missy
5 years ago

That would be so cool. Phelps retiring doesn’t mean he has to quit swimming altogether; he’d probably have a blast doing a bunch of different events and sprinting more.

Reply to  MTK
5 years ago

He said potentially retire. Just in case he comes back so we won’t beat him up. Then right after that he said I’m retiring. Read it on Espn, and swimswam. Phelps crying at medal ceremony.

Manx Bobster
Reply to  Naya Missy
5 years ago

Heh, he sure looked very Masters-like after the last couple of races “Don’t mind me, I’ll just sit on the block her for a minute for a rest.”

Welcome to the 30-34 age group!

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