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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32-year-old Federica Pellegrini made history yesterday in the women’s 200m freestyle. The 32-year-old Italian qualified for her fifth consecutive career final of the event, sealing her Olympic icon status even further.
After registering a prelims time of 1:57.33, Pellegrini turned it on the following morning, posting a mark of 1:56.44. That renders her the 7th place entrant for today’s final, about a second and a half behind leader Ariarne Titmus of Australia who owns the top seed in 1:54.82.
Tracking Pellegrini’s performances, her Olympic debut at the 2004 Games in Athens at 22 reaped the silver medal, producing a time of 1:58.22 behind gold medalist Camelia Potec of Romania.
Four years later in Beijing, Pellegrini was at it again, this time wreaking havoc with a monster 1:54.82 for a new World Record and Olympic Record at the time.
Come London, the Italian fell to 5th place with a time of 1:56.73 while at the last edition of the Olympics in Rio Pellegrini posted a time of 1:55.18 to improve to 4th.
Pellegrini’s season-best headed into Tokyo sits at the 1:56.29 she scored at the European Championships. She’ll have her work cut out for her to keep up with the aforementioned Titmus, whose recent 1:53.09 nearly broke Pellegrini’s current supersuited world record of 1:52.98 from 2009.
Retired American swimmer Michael Phelps accomplished the same 5-Olympic streak in the men’s 200m butterfly but started 4 years earlier at the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia.