2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day Six Prelims Live Recap

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

After a fifth night of competition here in Rio at the 2016 Olympic Games, the action will once again turn to the heats where Michael Phelps is back, attempting to qualify for the 100m butterfly where he’s the three-time defending Olympic champion.

The first event on the docket is the men’s 50m freestyle. Defending Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France is still the favorite four years after his stunning victory in London. Both Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin of the United States will be competitive in this race as well as some fresh talent from Australia.

The women’s 800m freestyle is all about Katie Ledecky, and anytime she swims there’s a world record watch. She broke her own world record in this event in January, leading many to believe she’ll break it here in Rio. The question is whether she’ll do it this morning or hold off until the final in order to do so.

Finally Michael Phelps is up in the men’s 100m butterfly. This event is arguably the toughest on his schedule for him. He wasn’t remarkably fast at the US Olympic Trials but has shown throughout this meet that he’s much better than he was just a few weeks ago.

Emily Seebohm of Australia will have the opportunity to try to redeem herself after missing the podium in the 100m backstroke. She’s the top seed in the 200 and if she can demonstrate the shape she was in at the Aussie trials she should be in the hunt for the gold.

MEN’S 50m FREESTYLE

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Top Seed: 21.19 – Florent Manaudou – France
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

In a head-to-head race in the final heat of the men’s 50m freestyle Andrii Govorov broke a Ukranian national record in order to take down defending Olympic champ Florent Manaudou of France with a time of 21.49.

That time for Govorov leads the charge heading into the semifinals tonight. Manaudou touched almost three-tenths behind him in 21.72 in order to take the fourth overall seed.

Taking the second and third seeds were Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin of the United States. Racing in the 10th heat, Adrian posted a time of 21.61 with Ervin clocking in just one one-hundredth behind in 21.62.

Both swimmers were part of the American gold medal winning 4×100 free relay, and Adrian picked up a bronze in the 100m freestyle last night.

Cameron McEvoy  was the only Australian to progress to the semifinals. He swam a time of 21.80 to qualify fifth behind Manaudou.

Stanto Condorelli of Canada who finished fourth in the 100m freestyle last night will also be in the semifinals, tying Great Britain’s Ben Proud for seventh overall with a time of 21.83.

  1. Andrii Govorov – Ukraine- 21.49
  2. Nathan Adrian – USA – 21.61
  3. Anthony Ervin – USA – 21:63
  4. Florent Manaudou – France – 21.72
  5. Cameron McEvoy – Australia – 21.80
  6. Vladimir Morozov – Russia – 21.81
  7. Santo Condorelli – Canada – 21.83
  8. Ben Proud – Great Britain – 21.83
  9. Luca Dotto – Italy- 21.87
  10. Kristian Gkolomeev – Greece – 21.93
  11. Bruno Fratus – Brazil – 21.93
  12. Bradley Edward Tandy – South Africa – 21.94
  13. Italo Duarte – Brazil – 21.96
  14.  Shinri Shioura – Japan – 22.01
  15. Simonas Bilis – Lithuania – 22.01 
  16. Norbert Trandafir – Romania – 22.10

WOMEN’s 800m FREESTYLE

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Top Seed: 8:06.68 – Katie Ledecky – USA
World Record: 8:06.68 (2016) – Katie Ledecky – USA
JR World Record: 8:11.01 – Katie Ledecky – USA
Olympic Record: 8:14.1o (2008) – Rebeccca Adlington – Great Britian
2012 Olympic Champion: 8:14.64 – Katie Ledecky – USA

Katie Ledecky has eliminated every record in the 800m freestyle that she could get her hands on spanning the world record, American record, world junior record, Pan Pacific Championships record, World Championships record, US age group records, and now the one she didn’t have: the Olympic record.

Ledecky swam a very easy 8:12.86 this morning in order to break Rebecca Addlington’s Olympic record of 8:14.10. That time gave her the top seed overall heading into tomorrow night’s final.

Breaking the Hungarian national record in the heats was Boglarka Kapas who is heading into the final as the second overall seed behind Ledecky. She was slightly faster than Great Britain’s Jazz Carlin this morning.

Carlin was the third swimmer to go under 8:20 this morning, highlighting how much this event has moved forward over the years. Her time of 8:19.67 puts her in a great position to medal in tonights final.

American Leah Smith, who looks to be a medal hopeful in the final, was an 8:21.43 to take the fourth seed ahead of Lotte Friis‘ 8:22.54. Jessica Ashwood of Australia, Sarah Kohler of Germany, and Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain make up the remaining qualifiers.

  1. Katie Ledecky – USA – 8:12.86 OR
  2. Boglarka Kapas – Hungary – 8:19.43
  3. Jazz Carlin – Great Britain – 8:19.67
  4. Leah Smith – USA – 8:21.43
  5. Lotte Friis – Denmark – 8:22.54
  6. Jessica Ashwood – Australia – 8:22.57
  7. Sarah Kohler – Germany – 8:24.65
  8. Mireia Belmonte Garcia – Spain – 8:25.55

MEN’S 100m BUTTERFLY

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Top Seed: 50.45 – Michael Phelps – USA
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

Michael Phelps of the United States is right in the mix to defend his three Olympic gold medals in the 100m butterfly, finishing fourth overall in 51.60 this morning to move forward to the semifinals.

Ahead of Phelps in the final heat was young up-and-comer Joseph Schooling of Singapore. Schooling rocketed off the start in order to drop the fastest times of the heats, clocking in at 51.41 at the wall.

Second to Schooling overall was Laszlo Cseh of Hungary who came from behind in order to win the fourth heat from the middle lane. Cseh managed a 51.52 this morning.

In his first 100m butterfly Olympic appearance Tom Shields of the United States dropped a very swift 51.58 to take down South Africa’s Chad le Clos and qualify himself third overall ahead of Phelps.

  1. Joseph Schooling – Singapore- 51.41
  2. Laszlo Cseh– Hungary – 51.52
  3. Tom Shields – USA 51.58
  4. Michael Phelps – USA -51.60
  5. Mehdy Metella – France – 51.71
  6. Piero Codia – Italy – 51.72
  7. Chad le Clos – South Africia – 51.75
  8. James Guy – Great Britain – 51.78 TIE
  9. Li Zhuhao – China – 51.78 TIE
  10. Konrad Czerniak – Poland – 51.81 TIE
  11. David Morgan – Australia – 51.81 TIE
  12. Grant Irvine – Australia – 51.84
  13. Aleksander Sadovnikov – Russia – 51.91
  14. Santo Condorelli – Canada – 51.99
  15. Evgeny Koptelov – Russia – 52.01
  16. Zheng Wen Quah – Singapore – 52.08

WOMEN’S 200m BACKSTROKE

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Top Seed: 2:05.81 – Emily Seebohm – Australia
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 threw down a monster time of 2:06.09 to take the top seed heading into semifinals and beat her previous personal best time. That time broke her own Hungarian national record.

While Hosszu was well ahead of the remainder of the field, Canada’s Hilary Caldwell was the closest to her and only other swimmer this morning to go under 2:08. Caldwell, who’s a world championship bronze medallist in this event,  rocked a 2:07.40 at the touch to finish behind Hosszu in their heat and take second overall.

Over a second behind Caldwell was Maya DiRado of the United States, taking things out in a controlled 2:08.60 for third overall. The top three times all came from heat number three.

Both the defending Olympic champion Missy Franklin and the defending world champion Emily Seebohm moved forward to the second round, however neither of them posted top eight times. Seebohm was 10th in 2:09.00 while Franklin claimed the 11th spot in 2:09.36.

  1. Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2:06.09
  2. Hilary Caldwell – Canada – 2:07.40
  3. Maya Dirado – USA – 2:08.60
  4. Lisa Graf – Germany – 2:08.67 TIE
  5. Belinda Hocking – Australia – 2:08.67 TIE
  6. Liu Yaxin – China – 2:08.84
  7. Dominique Bouchard – Canada – 2:08.87
  8. Daryna Zevina – Ukraine – 2:08.88
  9. Kirsty Leigh Coventry – Zimbabwe – 2:08.91
  10. Emily Seebohm– Australia – 2:09.00
  11. Missy Franklin – USA – 2:09.36
  12. Eagle Gustafsdottir – Iceland – 2:09.62
  13. Daria Ustinova – Russai – 2:09.96
  14. Anastasia Fesikova – Russia – 2:10.39
  15. Matea Samardzic – Croatia – 2:10.51
  16. Jenny Mensing – Germany – 2:10.68

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Distance Swimmer
5 years ago

That poor 800 Olympic Record is going to get absolutely blasted the next 2 days

Matt
5 years ago

Lets see if chad tries to instigate anyone

Kaez
5 years ago

Now we see if Missy can bounceback like she did at trials

Stephen
Reply to  Kaez
5 years ago

I doubt it …confidence is shot …similar to Seebohm & Bohl

Dan
Reply to  Kaez
5 years ago

I would be very happy to see Missy get back to the top. It seems that something is off with her right now, and I don’t see her bouncing back today. I would love to be wrong.

swimdoc
Reply to  Kaez
5 years ago

She didn’t exactly bounce back — two plus seconds off her best time. She’s just better in back compared to free.

swimswammer
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

Season best. 5+ on lifetime best.

Honestly
5 years ago

Lets see if Lazlo Choke can give it a go

Dan
Reply to  Honestly
5 years ago

or Chad Le Choke.

swimdoc
Reply to  Honestly
5 years ago

Sorry, but don’t trash a guy who’s had one of the top 5 male swimmer careers in the Phelps era for one bad swim.

john26
5 years ago

With Cseh and LeClos not looking as good as expected, Michael may not need to be as fast as we thought he would have to.

Cseh doesn’t seem like a sub51 candidate anymore, and LeClos probably doesn’t seem as sharp as he did last summer. Something in the 50.4 neighborhood could potentially win.

Stephen
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

Phelp’s Christmases have all come at once at these championships……..Opposition not at their best. Free rides onto relay teams .

Stephen
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

But in saying that..he deserves it….greatest swimmer ever…..clearly

Rafael
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

Remember there is Schooling Zhuhao Methela.. and as seen on the last days.. some promissing youngster who will break into stardom here..

Dave
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

When you can swim like Phelps, perhaps Christmas comes every day in the pool.

swimdoc
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

You nailed it. The difference between Phelps and everyone else is that he’s always at his best (or close to it, a la London), when it counts. The opposition, not so much.

jem
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

I think Schooling is the one to watch in the 100. He is pretty fresh compared to the rest who have had multiple individual events and relay swims.

Ole 99
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

I think Schooling is going to be very quick.

swimdoc
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

I’d be more worried about no names, like the guys who medaled in the 200 fly or the dudes who got gold and silver in the 200 breast.

MTK
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

100 and 200fly are totally different though. Perhaps they are off, as you suggest, but finishing speed (or lack thereof) in 200fly isn’t really an indicator of 100fly readiness.

Jim
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

Watch out for Joseph Schooling and Chad Le Clos. They’re both very fast for 100 fly and have something to prove.

rsginsf
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

he’s going to have a tough double tonite…

SwimmerFoxJet
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

Michael could nake the final with a 51.6 just like he went today. 51.2 is ridiculous to final now that the supersuits are gone.

zfibster
Reply to  john26
5 years ago

Le Clos has had quite a bit of speed though. As much as I hate to admit.

SwimmerFoxJet
Reply to  zfibster
5 years ago

51.7 for Chad

M L
5 years ago

Biggest question of the day: Can Phelps get through the 100 Fly semi after going for it the 200 IM? It could take under 51.5 to final.

swimdoc
Reply to  M L
5 years ago

Considering he went 51.0 after the finals of the 200 IM in a tight race with Lochte at Trials, I’d say of course. If it takes 51.0 or better to make it, maybe not, because the 200 IM final is going to be epic.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

He didn’t go 51.0 after the 200 IM, he went a 51.8. He went a 51.0 the next night in the finals. So the concern is can he grab a top 8 time after that 200 IM final tonight. He’ll have about an hour between races, but only about 15 minutes to swim down due to the medal ceremony.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

Or 51.6…I can’t remember which, but the 51.0 was the next night 🙂

swimdoc
Reply to  Irish Ringer
5 years ago

You’re right. But again. He can do a 51.5 in his sleep the way he’s swimming now. Sub-51.0 might be a little tougher. What will be interesting is if he’s out of position for a win coming off the last wall (say, Hagino or, less likely, Lochte, are half a body length ahead) whether he’ll shut it down and just medal. I doubt it.

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  swimdoc
5 years ago

MP has said many times (documented) that one of his goals is a PB. The likely candidate is the 200 IM tonight. The WR for the 100 Fly is dubious, given his workload & the “mileage”. Let us see.

SwimmerFoxJet
Reply to  Coach Mike 1952
5 years ago

50.2 100 fly?

tm71
Reply to  M L
5 years ago

The heats weren’t that fast. MP was 4th overall without really trying that much. Le clown and Cseh didn’t look that great. Schooling and shields looked the best.

SwimmerFoxJet
Reply to  M L
5 years ago

51.41 was the fastest heat time
51.78 was the slowest.

Some might go slower, or barely faster.
Phelps was 4th in a 51.60 JUST behind Shields in 51.58 and Cseh 51.58.
He’s fine.

Stephen
5 years ago

Id be shocked it Ervin doesn’t at least medal in the 50m

Rafael
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

I would not.. Manadou Fratus and Govorov are still to show their cards on the game..

Dan
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

He was 21.6 to his feet for his 400 free split. I’m excited to see what he can do here.

SwimmerFoxJet
Reply to  Dan
5 years ago

What do you mean he was 21.6 to his feet?
That he split 21.6 then 26?

SwimNerd
Reply to  SwimmerFoxJet
5 years ago

Yup. And still went 47.

Stephen
5 years ago

Seebohm is the interesting swimmer of today……biggest flop at these championships so far ..14 58’s in the 100m Back over the past few years and couldn’t manage one in the final….we’ll know how she is traveling today.
Generally loves to send a message with a fast heat swim.

commonwombat
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

Who knows what’s registering on Planet Seebohm ? Hocking is also a question mark. The fastest time this year but has never broken 2.06. She’s been silver in this event at both 2011 & 2013 Worlds & went into London as clear 2nd money … but imploded and failed to make the final.

Hosszu’s race to lose unless the legacy of her race program starts telling.

Stephen
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

Wombat… i don’t think Seebohm is late to this party…i think she missed the boat altogether……would love to be proven wrong

commonwombat
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

Perhaps she SHOULD be looking at boat schedules ……. for about 3 months time for slow leaky boats from Valparaiso Chile after she’s finished thumbing a ride across the Andes. She may have a few companions who may wishing to make as low key/surreptitious return home as possible !!

Stephen
Reply to  commonwombat
5 years ago

if i hear one more oh that was the plan today…very conservative by one of our Backstorkers ill scream

M L
Reply to  Stephen
5 years ago

Would really love to see Missy Franklin put together some solid 200s Back.

Rafael
Reply to  M L
5 years ago

I think we will see the Iron lady show again.

4 events, 4 Gold Medals.. swimmer of the meet..

Taa
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Shane Tusup is coach of the year in my book. Either she dopes or he is the best coach on the planet.

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

True, the guy seems like a tool but something is going right.

rsginsf
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

He couldn’t coach a team. Whatever he & she have going on, that’s where the success lies.

Murica
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

Love is a powerful thing. Don’t know if he can have same success with a swimmer he isn’t married to, but you can’t argue with GOLD.

stay human
Reply to  Taa
5 years ago

These “abusive” (abusive only in the context of the training, presumably) family coach/athlete relationships tend to work for some people over various lengths of time though sometimes with very significant emotional fallout — Jackie Joyner-Kersee/husband Bobby Kersee, Andre Agassi and his dad, Tiger Woods and Dad, (Tiger even had a “safe” word for when it was too much), Serena/Venus and dad, there are others but I’m blanking on them. Before I read the articles on how Hozzu was a slacker in the weight room and mentally in general before Tusup, I was leaning toward thinking she was doping, but now I could see her improvement being just from him instilling his ferocity in her, and his expertise on the dryland.… Read more »

SwimmerFoxJet
Reply to  Rafael
5 years ago

Nah.

Phelps 6 events, 6 gold meds.. swimmer of the world.

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