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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Daniel Wiffen and Felix Auboeck each broke national records during the prelims heats of the men’s 1500 on Day 7 of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Wiffen posted a time of 15:07.69 to break his own Irish record from April and Auboeck crushed his own Austrian record by 10 seconds, touching in 14:51.88.
Wiffen was the heat 1 winner in the men’s 1500 free. He swam his won race the entire way, touching half a pool length ahead of the next swimmer. In doing so, he dropped nine seconds to break the Irish national record that he previously set at the Irish National Team Trials in April of 2021. He dropped three seconds at Trials, winning the race in a time of 15:16.90.
This morning, Wiffen swam a consistent race, splitting 1:01-mid the entire way. He flipped at 7:33.77 at the halfway mark and came home in a 29.27 to win his heat. He even split the race, swimming the second half in 7:33.92.
Auboeck smashed his Austrian record by 10 seconds in the following heat. He went a 14:51.88, taking down his previous mark of 15:01.18 from the 2016 German Championships. He and the Russian Olympic Committee’s Kirill Martynychev swam a close race. Auboeck trailed the ROC swimmer for 1300 meters before overtaking him and out-touching him by 0.8 seconds. He negatively split the race. He flipped in 7:26.46 at the 750 and came home in 7:25.42.
Auboeck squeezed into the final of the men’s 1500 free. He was 7th overall in the prelims heats and will swim it again in the final on Saturday.
MEN’S 1500 TOP 8:
- Mykhailo Romanchuk (ROC) – 14:45.99
- Robert Finke (USA)- 14:47.20
- Florian Wellbrook (GER) – 14:48.53
- Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 14:49.17
- Daniel Jervis (GBR) – 14:50.22
- Serhii Frolov (UKR) – 14:51.83
- Felix Auboeck (AUT) – 14:51.88
- Kirill Martynychev (ROC) – 14:52.66