2021 CANADIAN OLYMPIC SWIMMING TRIALS
- June 19 – June 23, 2021
- Toronto, Ontario
- Toronto Pan Am Sport Centre
- Long Course Meters (50m)
- Olympic Qualifying Event
- Swimming Canada Olympic Selection Criteria
- Meet Package
- Psych Sheets
- Live results
After qualifying for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics in the 50 freestyle on day 3 of the Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials, Brent Hayden has scratched from the 100 freestyle final, forgoing the opportunity to qualify individually for the event in which he won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics.
Hayden swam a 50.09 during the prelims for 8th overall and posted on Twitter that his “body and particularly [his] back are just not particularly feeling it.”
Sometimes the right decisions are the ones that hurt the most. Thank you everyone for all the love you have sent me over the last 24 hours. I am sorry I can't give you one more swim tonight. pic.twitter.com/cxDplnh7kT
— Brent Hayden OLY (@thebrenthayden) June 22, 2021
While Hayden was only 8th in the prelims, he would have likely been a contedner for the title if he was in full form, having posted a 48.47 just last month which is under the FINA A of 48.57 and would have given him second place in the prelims behind Yuri Kisil‘s 48.43. Hayden is also the Canadian record holder in the event, holding a 47.27 from the 2009 World Championships in Rome.
Despite Hayden dropping out of the final, we can still expect an exciting race for the 2 individual spots and 4 relay spots that are up for grabs and in the event.
Yuri Kisil and Ruslan Gaziev came back hunting in the men’s 100 freestyle during day 4 prelims at the 2021 Canadian Olympic Swimming Trials. Kisil and Gaziev represented the only 2 sub-49 swims of the session as Kisil posted a 48.43 for the top finish and Gaziev followed with a 48.92 for second.
That swim for Kisil got him under the FINA A cut in the event of 48.43, delivering his 2nd fastest swim in the event ever. Kisil’s PB sits at a 48.28 which he swam at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Gaziev on the other hand was a little bit over the FINA A standard but managed to hit a new PB, improving upon his previous 48.38 from back in 2019. That swim was Gaziev’s first time under 49 seconds in the event and ties him for the 6th fastest Canadian man in history.
All-Time Canadian Men 100 Freestyle Rankings
- Brent Hayden – 47.27 (2009)
- Santo Condorelli – 47.88 (2016)
- Yuri Kisil – 48.28 (2016)
- Joel Greenshields – 48.39 (2009)
- Markus Thormeyer – 48.71
- Ruslan Gaziev / Colin Russell – 48.92 (2021/2009)
- Josh Liendo – 49.15 (2021)
Both of them will be fighting to get on the Canadian Olympic team during the finals session, having both missed qualification in the 50 freestyle on day 3.
In the 50, Kisil was the fastest man to not make the team, swimming a 22.15 for the bronze medal and trailed Brent Hayden‘s 21.82 and Josh Liendo‘s 21.90 which got them under the 22.01 FINA A and qualified them for Tokyo in the event.
Gaziev on the other hand was a little further off and swam a 23.08 for 12th, missing the final altogether. Gaziev’s 2017 best time of 22.46 would have placed 4th behind Kisil in the final.
As Kisil and Gaziev fight for redemption in the 100 freestyle final, they won’t be without fierce competition. Olympic-qualified swimmers Josh Liendo and Markus Thormeyer will be coming into the final with a 49.24 and 49.34, respectively.
Both Liendo and Thormeyer have been quicker than that and are the 8th and 5th Canadian men, respectively. In addition to his 50 freestyle qualification, Liendo added his name to the Olympic roster in the 100 butterfly on day 1 while Thormeyer has qualified to swim the 100 and 200 backstrokes.
Another 2 races that will go down during day 4 finals are the men’s and women’s 200 butterflies. During the heats, Canadian record holder Mack Darragh took top seed for the men with a 1:59.11 while Mabel Zavaros notched a 2:11.31 to lead the women’s field.
Both were about 3 seconds over their respective FINA A cuts of 1:56.48 and 2:08.43. Darragh has been under the men’s FINA A before, holding a 1:56.27 Canadian record as his best time while Zavaros has been close, holding a 2:08.71 as her PB.