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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Katie Ledecky came away from day 3 prelims at the Tokyo 2020 Games with the official Olympic record in the women’s 1500 freestyle. Ledecky capped off the first-ever round of 1500 prelims at an Olympic Games with a 15:35.35.
The swim for Ledecky was 15 seconds over her 2018 world record in the event of 15:20.48 and is her 8th fastest swim on record. Ledecky will go into the final as top seed and will be attempting to collect her first gold medal of the meet. During day 2 finals Ledecky took silver in the women’s 400 freestyle, hitting a 3:57.36 to Ariarne Titmus‘ 3:56.69.
Based on the results, we know that Ledecky was the only woman who recorded an Olympic record in the event, even though the 4 heat winners who swam before her each recorded the fastest-ever women’s 1500 free at the Games.
In the first heat of the meet, Katrina Bellio of Canada completed the first-ever women’s 1500 at the Olympic Games in a 16:24.37. That swim made her the unofficial Olympic record holder but wasn’t good enough to get her a spot in the final, ranking her 21st overall in the heats.
During heat 2, 20-year-old Austrian swimmer Marlene Kahler managed to bring the unofficial Olympic record down a 16:20.05. Kahler improved upon her own PB in the event which sits at a 16:21.52 from earlier this year. That 16:21.52 was not only a personal best for Kahler, it was also an Austrian record. Kahler also missed out on qualifying for the final as her 16:21.52 national record was the 19th fastest time overall.
By the time heat 3 came and went, Hungarian teen Viktoria Mihalyvari-Farkas had nearly swum the first sub-16:00 Olympic 1500 freestyle when she hit a 16:02.26 to set the 3rd unofficial Olympic record of the session. Mihalyvari-Farkas’ swim was a solid PB, improving upon the 16:14.12 that she delivered at the 2021 European Swimming Championships. Mihalyvari-Farkas, like Bellio and Kahler, failed to qualify for the final as her 16:02.26 gave her a 12th place finish.
One heat before Katie Ledecky‘s first official Olympic record, her teammate Erica Sullivan brought the field under 16 minutes for the first time with a 15:46.67 heat win. Sullivan swam the majority of the race with 2019 World Champion Simona Quadarella but managed to pull away towards the end, leaving the Italian for 2nd place with a 15:47.34. Unlike the 3 heat winners before her, Erica Sullivan‘s swim was fast enough to advance into the final. Sullivan will go into the debut women’s 1500 freestyle final as 3rd seed, trailing Ledecky’s 15:35.35 and Wang Jianjiahe‘s 15:41.49 Asian record.
Tokyo 2020 Women’s 1500 Freestyle Prelims – Top 8