2016 RIO OLYMPIC GAMES
- Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
- Swimming: August 6-13
- Olympic Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park, Rio de Janeiro
- Prelims – 9:00 a.m/12:00 p.m PST/EST (1:00 p.m local), Finals – 6:00 p.m/9:00 p.m PST/EST (10:00 p.m local)
- SwimSwam previews
- Schedule & Results
- Live Stream (NBC)
Defending Olympic champion Yannick Agnel of France will not have the chance to repeat his title in the men’s 200 free in Rio. Agnel finished sixth in his heat with 1:47.35, which was the 19th-fastest time overall. He won gold in London in 2012 with 1:43.14.
Agnel had a troubled journey to Rio. Although everyone saw him finish in second place in the final of the men’s 200 free at the French Olympic Trials on March 30, 2016, Agnel touched the pad too low and his time didn’t register. The scoreboard announced he was third behind Jérémy Stravius and Jordan Pothain, and the French Federation would not overturn the results despite the protest lodged by Agnel’s coach, Lionel Horter. A week later, during the press conference announcing the athletes who would represent France in Rio, National Technical Director Jacques Favre said, “There will be a place reserved for Yannick Agnel in the 200 free after we discuss it with him.” And just like that, Agnel was back in.
Agnel becomes the second defending Olympic champion not to make it through to the next round in Rio. Chinese swimmer Ye Shiwen, who won the women’s 400 IM at the 2012 Olympic Games with a world record, failed to advance to the final of the event on Saturday. Ye, who is only 20, and Agnel, 24, are both young enough to make another run at their signature events in 2020 at the Tokyo Olympics, but both have intimated that they will retire after Rio.
South Korea’s Park Tae Hwan, silver medalist in the 200 free in London, also failed to make the semi-finals in the event in Rio. He finished 29th overall with 1:48.06, 3.13 seconds off his second-place time in London.