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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Australia’s Mollie O’Callaghan set a new World Junior Record in the 200 free in a time of 1:55.11. The 17-year-old led off Australia’s 4×200 free relay during Day 5 Prelims and lowered the previous record of 1:55.43 set by Yang Junxuan of China at the 2019 World Championships. Only Missy Franklin has been faster as a world junior swimmer. World Junior Records were not recognized when Franklin swam a blistering time of 1:55.03.
O’Callaghan smashed her own personal best time of 1:56.29 from the 2021 Australian Swimming Trials in mid-June. She shaved 1.18 seconds off her time to break the newest record. Although her time was well under the Fina ‘A’ standard at trials, O’Callaghan finished 6th in the event and was not selected to swim it in Tokyo.
A time of 1:55.11 would have finished 5th during in the final of the women’s 200 free on Day 4 of the Tokyo Olympics. Katie Ledekcy touched 5th in a time of 1:55.21, which is 0.1 seconds slower than what O’Callaghan went on her relay lead-off. Her teammate Ariarne Titmus took home the gold medal, coming from behind Siobhan Haughey to touch first in a time of 1:53.50.
O’Callaghan was joined on the relay by Meg Harris, Brianna Throssell, and Tamsin Cook. They finished first in the second semi-final in a time of 7.44.61. Australia is seeded first going into the final of the 4×200 free relay.
|Yang Junxuan (2019)||Mollie O’Callaghan|