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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The final race of the Olympic swimming program in Tokyo was one for the ages, as the United States and Great Britain had an epic duel in the men’s 400 medley relay, culminating with a new world record for the Americans in 3:26.78.
The Brits lowered the European Record in 3:27.51, as the heat saw two of the three-fastest performances ever recorded.
A major reason for both of those records going down was the unbelievable splits thrown down by Caeleb Dressel and Adam Peaty, as Dressel recorded the #1 butterfly split of all-time and Peaty registered the fastest breast split we’ve ever seen.
Dressel put up a time of 49.03 on his leg, splitting 22.68/26.35, to lop a quarter-second off his previous fastest relay split of 49.28 from the 2019 World Championships.
All-Time Relay Splits, Men’s 100m Butterfly
|1||Caeleb Dressel (USA)||49.03||2021|
|2||Caeleb Dressel (USA)||49.28||2019|
|3||Caeleb Dressel (USA)||49.33||2019|
|4||Michael Phelps (USA)||49.72||2009|
|5||Caeleb Dressel (USA)||49.76||2017|
|6||Caeleb Dressel (USA)||49.92||2017|
|7||James Guy (GBR)||50.00||2021|
|8||Chad Le Clos (RSA)||50.10||2018|
|T-9||Andrew Lauterstein (AUS)||50.16||2009|
|T-9||Gabriel Mangabeira (BRA)||50.16||2009|
On the British breaststroke leg, Peaty split 26.01/30.52 en route to a time of 56.53, getting under his previous-fastest ever split of 56.59 from the 2016 Olympic Games.
Having also put up splits of 56.78 and 57.08 in the mixed medley relay, Peaty now owns the 13-fastest 100 breast relay legs of all-time.
All-Time Relay Splits, Men’s 100m Breaststroke
|1||Adam Peaty (GBR)||56.53||2021|
|2||Adam Peaty (GBR)||56.59||2016|
|3||Adam Peaty (GBR)||56.78||2021|
|4||Adam Peaty (GBR)||56.91||2017|
|5||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.08||2021|
|6||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.12||2017|
|7||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.13||2021|
|8||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.20||2019|
|9||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.27||2018|
|10||Adam Peaty (GBR)||57.38||2021|