2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day Three Prelims Live Recap


After two days of competition, six world records have fallen and eight gold medals have been up for grabs. The United States leads the charge with eight total medals including two gold, and will be looking to add continue their dominance in the pool this morning.

Up first is Katie Ledecky in the 200m freestyle. She’s not the absolute favorite in this event, having to face competitors such as Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and world record holder Frederica Pellegrini. What Ledecky does have going for her is that it appears as though her speed is where it needs to be right now.

Ledecky split a sub 53-second 100 freestyle on the silver medal winning 4×100 free relay, proving that the 200 might be within reach her. Her 400 world record from last night only puts icing on the cake.

Michael Phelps will be competing in the heats of the men’s 200m butterfly shortly after where he’s not exactly the favorite. It looks to be a three man race right now between Phelps and his two rivals: Chad le Clos of South Africa and Laszlo Cseh of Hungary. Both have said their fair share of talk about Phelps making this one of the most anticipated races of the games.

The last event on the docket this morning will be the women’s 200m IM where world record holder Katinka Hosszu is the clear favorite. She dominated the field in the 400m IM on the first night of competition, smashing the world record and claiming her first Olympic medal.


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Top Seed: 1:54.31 – Sarah Sjostrom – Sweden
World Record: 1:52.98 (2009) – Frederica Pellegrini – Italy
JR World Record: 1:56.12 – Shen Duo – China
Olympic Record: 1:53.61 (2012) – Allison Schmitt – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 1:53.61 – Allison Schmitt – USA

Katie Ledecky of the United States absolutely dominated the heats of the women’s 200m freestyle, clocking in a time of 1:55.01 to establish herself as the clear leader. The defending world champion finished well ahead of Emma McKeon who grabbed the second overall time in 1:55.80.

Ledecky and McKeon were the only two swimmers to break 1:56 this morning. Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom, who’s in the running to win this race in the finals after her stunning world record victory in the 100m butterfly last night, dropped a 1:56.11 to take third overall.

Charlotte Bonnet of France and world record holder Frederica Pellegrini posted similar times to Sjostrom, also establishing themselves as potential medal threats. Bonnet was a 1:56.26 and world record holder Pellegrini was a 1:56.37.

One of the most shocking performances of the heats was a 1:56.91 from Siobahn Haughey of Hong Kong in order to finish ninth overall. Haughey wasn’t even in the circle-seeded heats, neither was Canada’s Katerine Savard who finished 13th overall.

American Missy Franklin squeezed into the semifinals with a 1:57.12 performance. She goes in 12th overall and will need to step things up if she wants to qualify for tomorrow’s final.

TOP 16

  1. Katie Ledecky – USA – 1:55.01
  2. Emma McKeon – Australia – 1:55.80
  3. Sarah Sjostrom – Sweden – 1:56.11
  4. Charlotte Bonnet – France – 1:56.26
  5. Frederica Pellegrini – Italy – 1:56.37
  6. Shen Duo – China – 1:56.52
  7. Michelle Coleman – Sweden – 1:56.54
  8. Al Yanhan – China – 1:56.77
  9. Siobahn Haughey – Hong Kong – 1:56.91
  10. Bronte Barratt – Australia – 1:56.93
  11. Veronika Popova  – Russia – 1:57.08
  12. Missy Franklin – USA – 1:57.12
  13. Katerine Savard – Canada – 1:57.15
  14. Manuelle Lyrio – Brazil – 1:57.28
  15. Femke Heemskerk – Netherlands – 1:57.68
  16. Brittany MacLean – Canada – 1:57.74


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Top Seed: 1:52.91 – Laszlo Cseh – Hungary
World Record: 1:51.51 (2009)- Michael Phelps – USA
JR World Record: 1:55.92 – Andrew Seliskar – USA
Olympic Record: 1:52.03 (2008) – Michael Phelps – USA
2012 Olympic Champion: 1:52.96 – Chad le Clos – South Africa

The two Hungarians Tamas Kenderesi and Laszlo Cseh took the top spots in the men’s 200m butterfly this morning, displacing defending Olympic champion Chad le Clos of South Africa and world record holder Michael Phelps of the United States.

Swimming in the same heat as Phelps., Kenderesi took things out hard, finishing strong on the last 50 in order to drop a 1:54.73. He was the only swimmer in the entire field this morning to go under 1:55 – appearing to put forth a full effort.

Phelps cruised to third in his heat, clocking in at 1:55.73 behind both Kenderesi and Grant Irvine of Australia. Irvine was fourth overall in 1:55.64.

Both Cseh and le Clos won their respective heats, sportig times of 1:55.14 and 1:55.57 to take the second a third seeds heading into tonight’s finals. Both swimmers didn’t appear to be putting in a full effort as Cseh cruised the first 150 only to finish strong. Le Clos did what he had to do to get his hands on the wall first, but not much more, glancing at his opponents through the side while approaching the wall.

TOP 16

  1. Tamas Kenderesi – Hungary – 1:54.73
  2. Laszlo Cseh – Hungary – 1:55.14
  3. Chad le Clos – South Africa – 1:55.57
  4. Grant Irvine – Australia – 1:55.64
  5. Michael Phelps – USA – 1:55.73
  6. Masato Sakai – Japan – 1:55.76
  7. Viktor Bromer – Denmark – 155.77
  8. Daiya Seto – Japan – 1:55.79
  9. Leonardo De Deus – Brazil – 1:55.98
  10. Zheng Wen Quah – Singapore – 1:56.01
  11. Evgeny Koptelov – Russia – 1:56.13
  12. Kaio Marcio – Brazil – 1:56.45
  13. Simon Sjodin – Sweden – 1:56.46
  14. Louis Croenen – Belgium – 1:56.48
  15. Jonathan David Gomez Noreiga – Colombia – 1:56.65
  16. Li Zuhao – China – 1:56.72


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Top Seed: 2:06.12 – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary
World Record: 2:06.12 (2015) – Katinka Hosszu – Hungary
JR World Record: 2:10.76 – Imai Runa – Japan
Olympic Record: 2:07.57 (2012) – Ye Shiwen – China
2012 Olympic Champion: 2:07.57 – Ye Shiwen – China

Katinka Hosszu dropped a new Olympic record in the final heat of the women’s 200m IM this morning, touching in with a time of 2:07.45 to absolutely blow away the rest of her heat and establish herself as the clear favorite.

Hosszu’s time wasn’t as fast as she’s been this year but is a great indicator that there’s possibility for her to break yet another world record. Hosszu set the current world record at last year’s world championships, but has already proven that she’s in better shape than last year after demolishing the world record in the 400m IM on the first night of competition here in Rio.

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor also put up a very dominant swim. Representing Great Britain, O’Connor swam a 2:08.44 to take the second seed overall behind Hosszu. She touched over a full second ahead of third overall Melanie Margalis of the United States. Margalis and her American teammate Maya DiRado took the third and fourth overall seeds respectively with times of 2:09.62 and 2:10.24.

The defending Olympic champion Ye Shiwen of China managed to grab a spot in the semifinal with a 2:10.56 performance. That ranks her seventh overall heading into the semifinals where she’s a hopeful to advance.

On the first day of competition Shiwen missed out on qualifying for the final of the 400m IM despite being the world record holder and defending Olympic champion.

TOP 16

  1. Katinka Hosszu – Hungary – 2:07.45
  2. Siobhan-Marie O’Connor – Britain – 2:08.44
  3. Melanie Margalis – USA – 2:09.62
  4. Maya DiRado – USA -2:10.24
  5. Miho Teramura – Japan -2:10.34
  6. Alicia Coutts – Australia – 2:10.52
  7. Ye Shiwen – China – 2:10.56
  8. Sydney Pickrem – Canada – 2:11.06
  9. Zsuzsanna Jakabos – Hungary – 2:11.69
  10. Kim Seoyeong – South Korea – 2:11.75
  11. Runa Imai – Japan – 2:11.78
  12. Hannah Miley – Britain – 2:11.84
  13. Alexandra Wenk – Germany – 2:12.46
  14. Erika Seltenreich-Hodgson – Canada – 2:12.56
  15. Mereia Belmonte Garcia – Spain – 2:12.58
  16. Viktoria Andreeva – Russia – 2:13.01

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4 years ago

Swimming Ownage. <3

Reply to  25METER_IM
4 years ago

There is it is…the daily ownage reference.

Reply to  Cheatinvlad
4 years ago

You’re welcome.

Reply to  Cheatinvlad
4 years ago

I just don’t understand it

4 years ago

The women’s 200 free is shaping up to be a great race!

Reply to  CoachD
4 years ago

Ledecky’s 200 split from last nights 400 would have qualified her in the 12th spot for semis. Yah she is good.

4 years ago

I want so bed The GOAT win this race

Reply to  Phelpone
4 years ago

whoa….keep it clean. This is a family friendly site.

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