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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If you ever wonder why they swim-off for alternate places, now you know:
A second scratch from the semifinals of the women’s 100 free by Canada’s Kayla Sanchez has moved American Erika Brown into Thursday’s semifinals. Brown was in that position of two scratches and a victory in a swim-off in a time of 53.51.
Sanchez was the second top 16 finisher from the prelims of the women’s 100 free to scratch after Dutch swimmer Ranomi Kromowidjojo also scratched.
Sanchez was the 10th-fastest swimmer in prelims of the women’s 100 free, swimming a 53.12 that cut .45 seconds off her previous lifetime best in the event.
Finish Order of the women’s 100 free
- Emma McKeon, Australia – 52.13
- Siobhan Haughey, Hong Kong – 52.70
- Anna Hopkin, Grea Britain – 52.75
- Cate Campbell, Australia – 52.80
- Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden – 52.91
- Penny Oleksiak, Canada – 52.95
- Pernille Blume, Denmark – 52.96
- Yang Junxuan, China – 53.02
- Femke Heemskerk, Netherlands – 53.10
Kayla Sanchez, Canada – 53.12
- Abbey Weitzeil, USA – 53.21
- Michelle Coleman, Sweden – 53.53
- Signe Bro, Denmark – 53.54
- Freya Anderson, Great Britain – 53.61
- Charlotte Bonnet, France – 53.67
- Marie Wattel, France/
Ranomi Kromowidjoj, Netherlands– 53.71
- Erika Brown, USA/Wu Qingfeng, China – 53.87
After her tuneup swim, the American Brown, who surprised at US Trials to swim out of Lane 8 and nab an individual spot at this meet, was three-tenths faster in 53.51 to earn her spot in the Thursday morning semifinals.
The 22-year old Brown won an Olympic bronze medal as part of the finals quartet in the women’s 400 free relay earlier in the meet.
While Canada did not put out a statement about the reason for Sanchez’s scratch, it is likely part of an effort to rest her for finals of the women’s 800 free relay. Canada was 4th in prelims without Sanchez, and even matching her best flat start time (1:57.23) would improve the relay by almost three seconds when compared to Sydney Pickrem’s 1:59.82 anchor in prelims. With Sanchez, Penny Oleksiak, and maybe Taylor Ruck available for finals, Canada is in position to chase down China and repeat their bronze medal performance from the Rio 2016 Olympics.