Rio 2016 Day 5 Scratch/Add List: Refugee Swimmer Mardini, Russia’s Efimova Added In


On day 5 of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, we’ll see swimmers compete in the 100 free, 200 breast, and 800 free relay on the women’s side. On the men’s side, we’ll get to watch the 200 IMers and 200 backstrokers in action.

There are a couple of add ins for the women this morning. First is Yusra Mardini, who will be swimming for the Refugee Olympic Team, in the 100 free. Mardini is entered with a time of 1:03.12, and will be swimming in heat 1. She’ll be looking for another heat win after taking 1st in her heat of the women’s 100 fly on day 1.

In the 200 breast, Russia’s Yuliya Efimova, who placed 2nd in the 100 breast earlier in the meet, has been added in. SwimSwam earlier reported that Efimova was officially approved to compete in the breaststroke races, despite the IOC initially ruiling that no Russians with previous doping sanctions would be allowed in the Olympics after the release of the MacLaren report.

On the men’s side, there were no changes in the entry lists for day 5 prelims.

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Yay Yusra! You go girl and have the time of your life! So glad the refugees had this opportunity- best thing to happen these Olympics!

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How is the refugee swimmer, with no qualifying times, allowed to compete in more than one event? All other non-qualified athletes are permitted to swim in only one event, though it would surely be to their developmental benefit to swim at least two (if they are going to be there at all).

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