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 Canadian women continued their successful run at the Tokyo Games as Penny Oleksiak and Summer McIntosh delivered a 2nd and 5th place finish in the 200 freestyle prelims. Oleksiak posted a 1:55.38 for 2nd to Katie Ledecky (1:55.28) while McIntosh got 5th in a 1:56.11.
While both Oleksiak and McIntosh were a bit over the current 1:54.44 Canadian record held by Taylor Ruck, both women recorded a new PB.
McIntosh’s time marks a new 13-14 Canadian age group record, getting down from the 1:56.19 that she swam 2021 Canadian Olympic Trials. That time at Trials for McIntosh made the 14-year-old the Canadian champion, having edged out teammate Oleksiak’s 1:57.24 for 2nd place.
Oleksiak’s best time heading into Tokyo 2020 was a 1:56.41 which she swam during the semi-finals at the 2019 World Championships. Oleksiak went on to claim 6th overall at 2019 Worlds with a 1:56.59, a swim which wound up getting Oleksiak pre-selected for Canada’s Tokyo 2020 squad.
McIntosh and Oleksiak will be in the mix for a podium finish as they move forward in the women’s 200 freestyle but will have no room for error considering the lethal field of women joining them. Among those in the top 8 heading into semi-finals are the Australian duo of Madi Wilson and Ariarne Titmus, China’s Yang Junxuan, Czech swimmer Barbora Seemanova, and Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong.
Tokyo 2020 Women’s 200 Freestyle Prelims – Top 16
- Katie Ledecky (USA) – 1:55.28
- Penny Oleksiak (CAN) – 1:55.38
- Madison Wilson (AUS) – 1:55.87
- Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 1:55.88
- Summer McIntosh (CAN) – 1:56.11
- Yang Junxuan (CHN) – 1:56.17
- Barbora Seemanova (CZE) – 1:56.38
- Siobhan Haughey (HKG) – 1:56.48
- Isabel Gose (GER) – 1:56.80
- Charlotte Bonnet (FRA) – 1:56.88
- Freya Anderson (GBR) – 1:56.96
- Allison Schmitt (USA) – 1:57.10
- Annika Bruhn (GER) – 1:57.15
- Erika Fairweather (NZL) – 1:57.26
- Federica Pellegrini (ITA) – 1:57.33
- Valeriia Salamatina (ROC) – 1:58.33
Canada has already amassed 2 medals at Tokyo 2020 in the form of 4×100 silver from Oleksiak, Kayla Sanchez, Maggie MacNeil, Taylor Ruck, and Rebecca Smith and 100 butterfly gold from Maggie MacNeil. While she hasn’t yet reached the podium, McIntosh came close during day 2 finals when she posted a 4:02.42 Canadian record in the 400 freestyle for 4th place overall.