2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
- Open Water swimming: Wednesday, August 4 – Thursday, August 5, 2021
- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Sources have told SwimSwam that Canada’s Sydney Pickrem will scratch the 200 breaststroke heats to focus on the 200 IM final. That’s in spite of the 200 breaststroke heats coming the evening after the morning 200 IM final in Wednesday’s schedule.
The Canadian women still have not declared who the breaststroker will be on their upcoming 400 medley relay.
Pickrem was entered in three events in Tokyo: she was seeded sixth in the 400 IM, second in the 200 IM, and eighth in the 200 breast. On Saturday, the first day of competition in the pool, Pickrem pulled out of the 400 IM “due to medical reasons not related to COVID-19.”
Pickrem was pre-selected to Canada’s roster in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 200 breaststroke, without even needing to perform at Trials, and has now scratched two of those races.
Pickrem did swim in prelims of the 200 IM two days later, on Monday evening in Tokyo. Coming into the meet with a seed time of 2:08.61, she was one of only four athletes entered with a sub-2:09.
Pickrem’s entry time of 2:08.61 dated from the FINA Champions Series Indianapolis in 2019. In Monday night’s prelims, she went 2:10.13 to qualify sixth for the semifinals. On Tuesday morning, she again finished sixth, this time with 2:09.94, to earn a spot in Wednesday morning’s final.
Heats of the women’s 200 breast are scheduled to take place on Wednesday evening, after finals of the 200 IM. Kelsey Wog, seeded tenth, will be Canada’s lone entrant now. Kierra Smith, who is already on the Canadian roster for the 100 breaststroke, does have an “Olympic A” cut in the 200 breaststroke, but Canada would have had to make that switch at the technical meeting late last week.
Top 10 Seeds in the Women’s 200 Breaststroke, Tokyo Olympics:
- Tatjana Schoenmaker, South Africa – 2:20.17
- Annie Lazor, USA – 2:20.77
- Molly Renshaw, Great Britain – 2:20.89
- Evgeniia Chikunova, Russian Olympic Commitee – 2:21.07
- Lilly King, USA – 2:21.39
- Abbie Wood, Great Britain – 2:21.69
- Lisa Mamie, Switzerland – 2:22.05
Sydney Pickrem, Canada – 2:22.63
- Mariia Temnikova, Russian Olympic Committee – 2:22.76
- Kelsey Wog, Canada – 2:22.82