Phelps won his heat over Thiago Pereira with what appeared to be an extremely easy 1:58.41. Phelps and Lochte are set up for a potential final showdown in the final tomorrow night assuming they move past the semifinals.
Michael Phelps begins his pursuit for 4 consecutive Olympic titles in the 200 IM this morning.
Fu Yuanhui and Xu Jiayu both set Chinese records in the 100 meter backstroke tonight in two electrifying and surprising finals that put both swimmers on the podium.
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The seven swimmers banned from the Russian Olympic team could have a profound effect on the teams medal count.
Japans Rie Kaneto is the only sub-2:20 performer this year, and will look to lead an Olympic final without any Americans.
A vital component of the 2016 Japanese Olympic team, Daiya Seto led a small elite contingency in its stop at the Narwhal Invite in Mesa.
Katinka Hosszu will take on one of the toughest world records on the books in Rio: the women’s 400 IM.
Rikako Ikee had an impressive win in the women’s 100 fly, clocking 57.57.
Cate and Bronte Campbell will compete in the women’s 100 freestyle on day 2 of the Japan Open.
Kanako Watanabe pulled off the win in the women’s 100 breast against a tough field at the Japan Open.
Cameron McEvoy will headline the men’s 200 free at day 1 prelims of the Japan Open.
Daiya Seto and Kosuke Hagino will be two swimmers to watch this weekend at the 2016 Japan Open.
Despite tough Japanese Olympic-qualifying standards that sometimes stood quicker than the country’s own record in the event, the Japanese are bringing its 2nd-largest swimming squad ever to an Olympics.
Notable quotables from a few key Japanese stars from Tokyo’s Olympic Trials this past week.