2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day Three Prelims Live Recap

2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES

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.

WOMEN’S 200m FREESTYLE

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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

MEN’S 200m BUTTERFLY

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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

WOMEN’S 200m IM

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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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25METER_IM
4 years ago

Swimming Ownage. <3

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  25METER_IM
4 years ago

There is it is…the daily ownage reference.

25METER_IM
Reply to  Cheatinvlad
4 years ago

You’re welcome.

SwimToWin
Reply to  Cheatinvlad
4 years ago

I just don’t understand it

CoachD
4 years ago

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

JustAnOldSwimmer
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.

Phelpone
4 years ago

I want so bed The GOAT win this race

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  Phelpone
4 years ago

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

SamH
4 years ago

Maybe someone can clear this up for me:
In the women’s 200 freestyle, it lists the JR World Record as 1:56.12 by Shen Duo. Katie Ledecky just turned 19 this past spring. I know the Fina rule about having to be 18 or under at the end of the year for it to count, but there were plenty times in the summer and fall of 2015 where Katie was 1:55 something. How does she not have the Junior World Record?

N P
Reply to  SamH
4 years ago

The Junior World Record is for 17 & under swimmers, not 18.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  N P
4 years ago

Women is 17 and under, men is 18 and under.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  SamH
4 years ago

For women’s junior world record, you have to be 17 or under by the end of year. For men’s, it’s 18 or under.
Oleksiak is probably gonna smash that Jr WR this week. Or next year.

tea rex
Reply to  SamH
4 years ago

Ledecky was 1:55.74 at 2014 Pan Pacs. She turned 17 in March of 2014. Not sure why that doesn’t count.

Kirk Nelson
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

She was slightly faster at Nationals that summer (1:55.16). That seems like it should be the record.

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Kirk Nelson
4 years ago

FINA has not ratified many junior records stretching back to 2014. They have not even ratified records set in 2015 junior worlds.

Kirk Nelson
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

Seems like maybe they should get on that. What’s the point in keeping track of junior records if they aren’t going to be accurate?

Jim C
Reply to  tea rex
4 years ago

According to Swimswam Ledecky holds the record of 1:55.16 from US Nationals in 2014.

Sir Swimsalot
4 years ago

LET’S GO USA!!!!!!

Back2Back
4 years ago

MP prelims 2FL will be fun to watch! After that FR underwater last night he probably scared the daylights outa everyone else…

Rafael
Reply to  Back2Back
4 years ago

Remember le Clos crazy 200 free too.. he is not joking around for the 100/200 fly combo.. Cseh also said he was not fully tapered at Euros..

Pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

yea nobody is ever tapered….there are only 3 swimmer currently that can dominate like that and me believe they aren’t tapered. Ledecky, Peaty, and Sjostrom. Anybody else that puts up a pb is tapered.

Rafael
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I would add Hosszu.. her untapered times would be enough to win the 400 IM…

Pvdh
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Oops I forgot her yes.

Back2Back
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

We’ll see about the 2FR tonight and who was indeed joking around during PRE and SEMI. I don’t think MP was fully tapered at trials anyway – do you?

Attila the Hunt
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

I’ll take what Ceh said with a grain of salt. Apart from Hosszu, the Hungarian swimmers have not been any faster than their Euro swims.

pianoback
Reply to  Attila the Hunt
4 years ago

Kapas bettered her 400 free by over a second and swam a strong fourth.

NC Swim Fan
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

If you truly believe that, I’ve got a bridge to sell you in Brooklyn.

Pvdh
4 years ago

Le Clos does 200 fly and 200 free tonight. Trying to pull a phelps. Good luck with that.

Rafael
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I think Le Clos will Scratch the 200..

Ole 99
Reply to  Rafael
4 years ago

Wouldn’t he have had to do that last night?

Rafael
Reply to  Ole 99
4 years ago

That I Don´t know..

Philip Johnson
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

I agree, Chad died too much in the 200 free semis. He isn’t Phelps and shouldn’t try it.

Caleb
Reply to  Philip Johnson
4 years ago

I just don’t understand what he’s doing.. he’s a professional swimmer and not a drop-dead sprinter, does anyone seriously think he wouldn’t have a faster final time if he didn’t swim the first 100 like an idiot? He’d be a medal contender, for sure.

Tom from Chicago
Reply to  Philip Johnson
4 years ago

I’m surprised how fast LeClos is going out in his 200 free. If he’s shutting it down at the 100, he’ll be new Phelps, but I suspect he has been dying the last 50.

The 2Fly is going to be a rough go for Phelps. He looked like he was struggling on the last 50, but didn’t appear out of breath, watching with this race with interest.

Cheatinvlad
Reply to  Pvdh
4 years ago

LeClos doesn’t have the stones to pull a double like that.

25METER_IM
4 years ago

Ledecky, GOAT, and Shane Tusup all in 1 session. I might not be able to handle this.

Back2Back
Reply to  25METER_IM
4 years ago

Still can’t believe Ledecky’s range of distances…pinch me…

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