Official Tokyo Psych Sheets: Brazil Makes Last Minute Sub, Miressi Drops 50 FR


With only days to go until the swimming portion begins at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, we now have access to the official entry lists and heat sheets. The start lists look fairly similar to the presumptive men’s and women’s psych sheets that we formulated based on the original entry lists that were released earlier this month.

There are a few notable differences, however, that would have likely been made at the technical meeting that occurred in Tokyo on Thursday, July 22.

One notable change from the original entries is that Brazil has made a change to their lineup for the men’s 200 freestyle by subbing in Murilo Sartori for Breno Correia who was slated to race the event. Sartori was originally on the roster solely to race the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay for Brazil but will now have a shot at an individual event. Correia was entered in the event as 18th seed overall with a 1:46.65 and Sartori will go in with a 1:46.81 which is good enough for 19th. Sartori will be joining Fernando Scheffer in the men’s 200 freestyle who is entered in 14th place with a 1:45.82, just slower than his 1:45.51 Brazilian record from 2018.

The reason for Brazil subbing out the faster swimmer (Correia) for the slightly slower Sartori is likely to allow Correia to stay focussed on the men’s 4×100 freestyle relay. There is overlap between the 2 events as the men’s 200 freestyle prelims are scheduled to take place just over an hour before the heats of the men’s 4×100 freestyle on Saturday, July 25. Additionally, the men’s 200 freestyle semi-finals will occur within an hour and a half of the men’s 4×100 freestyle finals.

Another difference that we’ve picked up is that Italy’s Alessandro Miressi has decided to withdraw from the men’s 50 freestyle in which he was seeded 16th overall with a 21.86. While he has decided to drop the 50 free from his lineup, Miressi is still scheduled to race the 100 freestyle at the Games in which he is officially the 4th seed overall with a 47.45. While he still appears as the 4th seed of the psych sheets, ahead of David Popovici‘s 10th place entry, Popovici swam a 47.30 after the entry deadline which is quicker than Kliment Kolesnikov‘s #1 seed.

Israel’s Anastasya Gorbenko has also lightened her load for Tokyo, having scratched the women’s 400 IM in which she held the 17th seed with a 4:41.48. Gorbenko’s scratch is not a surprising move as she has a fairly heavy event lineup even without the 400 IM. Gorbenko is still set to race the women’s 200 IM as 12th seed (2:09.99), the women’s 100 backstroke as 18th seed (59.78), the women’s 100 butterfly as 23rd seed (58.51), the women’s 100 breaststroke as 23rd seed (1:06.74), and the women’s 200 breaststroke as 24th seed (2:25.20).

One more note, which isn’t a change from the original entry lists, is that Katinka Hosszu has not scratched out of the 200 butterfly. While Hosszu is an accomplished 200 butterflier, there was some speculation that she would not end up swimming the event so as to focus fully on the 200 and 400 IM in which she is the world record holder, defending Olympic Champion, and top seed.

The Olympic schedule does, however, cater to a full 400 IM focus for Hosszu as that race will conclude before any others begin. The dangerous overlap that Hosszu will encounter is during finals on Tuesday, July 27 when she will likely race the 200 butterfly semi-final and then the 200 IM final less than 45 minutes later.

Katinka Hosszu‘s Tokyo 2020 Schedule

Saturday, July 24

  • Prelims: 400 IM prelim
  • Finals: 400 IM final

Sunday, July 25

  • Off

Monday, July 26

  • Prelims: 200 IM prelim
  • Finals: 200 IM semi-final

Tuesday, July 27

  • Prelims: 200 butterfly prelim
  • Finals: 200 butterfly semi-final, 200 IM final

Wednesday, July 28

  • Prelims: women’s 4×200 free prelim
  • Finals: 200 butterfly final, women’s 4×200 free final

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1 year ago

the 200fly prelim might not be a real challenge 😁

1 year ago

The schedule is actually Saturday heats of 400 IM, Sunday finals etc etc

1 year ago

There are 17 teams down to swim the women’s 4×2 for some reason – Poland being the extras. Mix up with the 4×1 (which has 15 and Poland are missing)?

1 year ago

Seriously? They’re still doing heats, semis, and finals for the women’s 200m butterfly? So unnecessary.

Reply to  Notanyswimmer
1 year ago

Without Katinka scratching, they don’t have a choice. There are 17 competitors.

Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

They could do 1 semi with 9 swimmers couldn’t they, we’ve seen that before

1 year ago

1.48s in heat 1 of the mens 200fr. A 1.48 missed semis by 1 spot in 2012. The top times might not have progressed, but the depth in swimming is crazy now, no cruising heats anymore!

Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

We are certain to be shocked by a few misses that are certain to happen