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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Simone Manuel will anchor the United States in this morning’s women’s 400 freestyle relay final, a potential move that’s been a hot topic of late coming to fruition after Manuel failed to advance to the 100 free final at the U.S. Olympic Trials.
The U.S. brings in the top-two finishers from Trials in Erika Brown and Abbey Weitzeil, who will go 1-2 on the relay, and then Natalie Hinds will be the only remaining member of the prelim team after recording the top split in 53.28.
Manuel is the reigning Olympic and two-time world champion in the individual 100 free, but after being diagnosed with overtraining syndrome earlier in the year, only mustered a ninth-place finish in Omaha in a time of 54.17—over two seconds off her personal best (52.04).
It’s worth noting that the head coach of the American women’s team is Greg Meehan, who also coaches Manuel at Stanford.
Catie Deloof, who split 53.42 on the prelim relay, gets left off for finals, as does Katie Ledecky and Torri Huske, who were outside shots to get the nod if the Americans were looking to really shake things up.
Other key changes include the Australians opting for Bronte Campbell (52.82 relay split) over Mollie O’Callaghan (53.08 lead-off) from the prelim relay, while Meg Harris stays and Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell come in. McKeon and Campbell will back-end the relay, and rank first and second in the world this year in the individual event, respectively.
Sarah Sjostrom will get a second crack at a flat-start time as Sweden’s lead-off swimmer, coming off a strong 52.95 in the prelims. The same goes for Denmark’s Pernille Blume, who was 53.15 going first in the heats.
The British team swam the same order in the prelims as they did in winning the European Championships in May, setting National Records in both, but have switched things up here. Anna Hopkin will now lead-off, with Abbie Wood moving from third to second and Lucy Hope now going third instead of first. Freya Anderson remains in the anchor position.
WOMEN’S 4×100 FREESTYLE RELAY LINEUPS
- World Record: Australia (Jack, Campbell, McKeon, Campbell) – 3:30.05 (2018)
- Olympic Record: Australia (McKeon, Elmslie, Campbell, Campbell) – 3:30.65 (2016)
- World Junior Record: Canada (Ruck, Oleksiak, Smith, Sanchez) – 3:36.19 (2017)
- 2016 Olympic Champion: Australia (McKeon, Elmslie, Campbell, Campbell) – 3:30.65
- SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay
Denmark (Blume, Bro, Jensen, Ottesen)
United States (Brown, Weitzeil, Hinds, Manuel)
Canada (Sanchez, MacNeil, Smith, Oleksiak)
Australia (B.Campbell, Harris, McKeon, C.Campbell)
Netherlands (Busch, Kromowidjojo, Toussaint, Heemskerk)
Great Britain (Hopkin, Wood, Hope, Anderson)
China (Cheng, Zhu, Ai, Wu)
Sweden (Sjostrom, Coleman, L.Hansson, S.Hansson)