The Official SwimSwam Rio 2016 Olympics Preview Schedule

2016 Rio Olympic Games

  • Friday, August 5 – Thursday, August 21, 2016
  • Swimming: Saturday, August 6 – Saturday, August 13, 2016
  • Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • NBC Olympics homepage

We are within a month of the opening ceremonies for the 2016 Rio Olympics, which means it’s that time again to start our event-by-event previews of all the swimming action to come – our run of previews for pool swimming will include all 32 events, including the 3 relay races for each gender.

Bookmark this page to stay on top of all our event previews, which we’ll link below. We’ll also keep a running chart of our medal predictions in each race.

Preview Schedule

Week 1 (July 10-16)

Week 2 (July 17-23)

Week 3 (July 24-30)

Week 4 (July 31-August 5)

Event Previews

Women Men
50 Free 50 Free
100 Free 100 Free
200 Free 200 Free
400 Free 400 Free
800 Free 1500 Free
100 Back 100 Back
200 Back 200 Back
100 Breast 100 Breast
200 Breast 200 Breast
100 Fly 100 Fly
200 Fly 200 Fly
200 IM 200 IM
400 IM 400 IM
4×100 Free Relay 4×100 Free Relay
4×200 Free Relay 4×200 Free Relay
4×100 Medley Relay 4×100 Medley Relay

Medalist Predictions


Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 Free Cate Campbell Sarah Sjöström Bronte Campbell
100 Free Cate Campbell Bronte Campbell Sarah Sjostrom
200 Free Katie Ledecky Sarah Sjostrom Federica Pellegrini
400 Free Katie Ledecky Leah Smith Boglarka Kapas
800 Free Katie Ledecky Jessica Ashwood Lauren Boyle
100 Back Emily Seebohm Mie Nielsen Katinka Hosszu
200 Back Emily Seebohm Katinka Hosszu Belinda Hocking
100 Breast Ruta Meilutyte Lilly King Alia Atkinson*
200 Breast Rie Kaneto Viktoria Gunes Rikke Moller Pedersen
100 Fly Sarah Sjöström Dana Vollmer Kelsi Worrell
200 Fly Natsumi Hoshi Mireia Belmonte Madeline Groves
200 IM Katinka Hosszu Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Maya DiRado
400 IM Katinka Hosszu Maya DiRado Mireia Belmonte
4×100 Free Relay Australia  USA Netherlands
4×200 Free Relay USA Australia Sweden
4×100 Medley Relay Australia USA China

*Atkinson replaced Yulia Efimova in our predictions after Efimova’s nomination to the Olympics was withdrawn by the Russian Olympic Committee


Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 Free Florent Manaudou Nathan Adrian Vladimir Morozov
100 Free Cameron McEvoy Nathan Adrian Ning Zetao
200 Free Sun Yang James Guy Conor Dwyer
400 Free Sun Yang Mack Horton James Guy
1500 Free Gregorio Paltrinieri Sun Yang Mack Horton
100 Back Ryan Murphy Mitch Larkin David Plummer
200 Back Mitch Larkin Ryan Murphy Evgeny Rylov
100 Breast Adam Peaty Cameron van der Burgh Kevin Cordes
200 Breast Marco Koch Daniel Gyurta Kevin Cordes
100 Fly Michael Phelps Chad le Clos Joseph Schooling
200 Fly Chad le Clos Michael Phelps Laszlo Cseh
200 IM Michael Phelps Kosuke Hagino Ryan Lochte
400 IM Kosuke Hagino Daiya Seto Chase Kalisz
4×100 Free Relay  Australia  USA  France
4×200 Free Relay USA Australia Great Britain
4×100 Medley Relay USA Australia Great Britain

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I don’t see Mitch Larkin finishing third in the 100 back but the stuff here are just predictions. The 100 back is tough to call. Like REALLY tough. The women,s 100 breast could go between lily king and Ruta meilutyte but if meilutyte has shaken off her elbow injury and is back in form then I think she gets the gold. It depends. Men,s 200IM is tough. Gonna be between Phelps and hagino. Emily seebohm gets the women,s 100 back The women,s 200 back is fishy but seebohm has the best last 50 of the lot. I think kosuke hagino could swim a 4:06 in the men,s 400IM with his reduced schedule. Sun yang is the favorite for the men,s… Read more »

Is your apostrophe key broken?

What I think will happen: Manaudou gets under 21 seconds in the 50 free to win gold. McEvoy goes 47.3 in the 100 to win. Sun wins the 200 and 400 frees, the 200 under 1:43 and a new WR in the 400, however opts out of the 1500, resulting in Paltrinieri getting an easy win in a new WR. Larkin wins the 100 backstroke in 51.8, which would be a new WR, but Murphy got it in the Semis, and due to that waste of energy only got bronze behind plummer.In the 200 back Larkin wins in 1:52 low. Peaty wins the 100 breast after setting a WR in the Semis. Koch goes under 2:07 to win the 200… Read more »

Sun Yang under 1.43?

These are my dream predictions, in reality Manaudou won’t go under 21, and their won’t be 17 WRs either

Lol was gonna say – holy world record predictions. Would be incredible to watch all that though.

Honestly quite surprised how people are betting against Meilutyte not defending her crown cant see that happening unless they let the cheat back into the pool again

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