SwimSwam’s Top 5 Swims of the #Tokyo2020 Olympic Games: Day 3

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

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SWIMSWAM’S TOP 5 SWIMS OF THE 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES: DAY 3 

#5 – M 200 Free: Rising star and 16-year-old David Popovici drops a huge 1:44.68 in his first Olympic final, just missing a medal at 4th place and breaking the European Jr record

#4 – M 200 Free: The British are coming, with Tom Dean and Duncan Scott taking 1-2 in the 200 free, both dropping 1:44.2’s to top the rest of the field by nearly half a second

#3 – W 100 Breast: 17-year-old Lydia Jacoby keeps her momentum rolling from Olympic Trials, getting her hand on the wall first to hit Gold, while defending champ Lilly King earns Bronze behind her

#2 – M 100 Back: Evgeny Rylov breaks a European record en route to gold (51.98) and a 1-2 Russian finish as his countryman Kliment Kilosnikov finishes right behind him at 52.0 for silver

#1 – W 100 back: This highly anticipated showdown did not disappoint, and once again Australia took control as Kaylee McKeown moved ahead of the field with 15m to go and touched first at 57.47, the #2 performance ever and just .02 behind her own world record

BELLY FLOP OF THE DAY: Men’s 200 Fly

It was disappointing to see 14 men go 1:55 or slower in the semis, with #2 being 1:54.9. With Kristof Milak going the easiest looking 1:52 that has ever been swum, we would have thought the rest of the world might have been able to catch up a bit. But the real belly flop was Chad le Clos’ 31.8 final 50, which was not only entertaining (and painful) to watch, but surprisingly effective, with the fly-and-die swim netting him the 3rd seed. le Clos could easily turn that belly flop into a medal today.

HOT TOPIC OF THE DAY: Will USA Vets Show Up?

We’ve seen USA youngsters firing in Tokyo just as we did in Omaha, and I’m not saying that the Vets aren’t swimming well. They just aren’t getting their hands on the wall like we’re used to seeing them do and it worries me as an American. But as Mel notes, it’s early in the meet, and USA is used to being in situations like this and staying resilient through the latter half of big meets like this.

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Joel
1 month ago

USA often does better in the second half of the week don’t they?

DMSWIM
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Yes, Dressel hasn’t swum an individual event yet. A lot of the stronger events for the US are on the back end.

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Agreed…momentum will build..

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
1 month ago

I feel like Hwang taking out the 200 free in 49 should be mentioned somewhere lol

Small quibble but Jacoby has got to be at least number 2 on here (the W 100 back delivered on the hype) . What a sensational story hers is

Gold Medal Mel

Coleman did say he felt 2 & 3 were really a tie

WahooSwimFan
1 month ago

US teens will be even more awesome come 2024!

GowdyRaines
1 month ago

Props for not putting Jacoby as #1, great swim as it was.

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  GowdyRaines
1 month ago

…top-5 best handle in the comments…just saying. Love GowdyRaines!

GowdyRaines
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
1 month ago

It was either this or Silver Medal Bob

swammer2009
1 month ago

SwimSwam team, when do you sleep?! Incredible coverage!! Thank you all!!!

Chris
1 month ago

I want to see Kate D featured on NBC as they did last night on A Walsh in 200IM. She’s the top seed and I feel like she’s not getting the attention she deserves. Do not at all be surprised if she wins.

Swammer
Reply to  Chris
1 month ago

totally agree

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