2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES
- When: Pool swimming: Saturday, July 24 – Sunday, August 1, 2021
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- Where: Olympic Aquatics Centre / Tokyo, Japan
- Heats: 7 PM / Semifinals & Finals: 10:30 AM (Local time)
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Canadian swimmer Sydney Pickrem was a late scratch in the women’s 400 meter IM on Saturday, dropping the race as the #6 seed.
The Canadian Olympic Committee announced Pickrem’s scratch saying it was “due to medical reasons not related to COVID-19.”
The statement continued: “We have made this decision in consultation with Sydney, our national team medical staff and her coach Ben Titley at the High Performance Centre – Ontario to protect her performances for the rest of the Olympic Games. With a very busy program that also consists of two other individual events which would have heats, semifinals and finals, and may also include relays, this decision is in the best interest of the athlete at this time. Our focus turns to supporting Sydney in her preparation for the 200m individual medley in two days’ time.”
No more specifics were available, though Pickrem was spotted doing a “wakeup” swim before prelims on Saturday morning before returning to the athletes’ village.
Pickrem entered the event in spite of coming into the meet having not swum the 400 IM in 2020. Her seed time of 4:35 in the race came in 2019 and her best time of 4:32 came back in 2017.
She finished 4th in the race at the 2019 World Championships, though it was a wide gap – 4:36.7 to 4:32.3 – to a medal. With a relatively-slow prelims session overall, however, that gap might have closed, especially with the World Champion Katinka Hosszu qualifying to the final just 7th.
Canada has two other 400 IMers on the roster – Mary-Sophie Harvey and Bailey Andison. Teams were allowed to swap in athletes already on their rosters at the Team Leaders meeting earlier this week, but Canada chose not to do so.