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)
- Full aquatics schedule
- SwimSwam Event Previews
- Entry Lists – all events
- Start Lists & Results
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
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