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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Switzerland’s Roman Mityukov opened up the session swimming 100 free heats and closed it with a leg on a national-record 4×200 free relay.
That combo is far from easy. Mityukov’s 100 free heat went off about 7:17 PM local time. His 4×200 free relay heat started at 7:58, leaving just over 40 minutes in between his two swims.
In the 100 free, the 20-year-old Mityukov (who turns 21 next week) snuck into the semifinals in 15th place. It took a 48.43, just two-tenths off of Mityukov’s own national record from the European Championships.
And in the 4×200 free relay, Mityukov split 1:45.84 on the anchor leg, easily the fastest of his relay. That team also made the final, going 7:06.59 to shatter a national record by four and a half seconds. The previous mark of 7:11.15 was set at Euros back in May.
Time will tell if Mityukov chooses to once again swim the double in tomorrow morning’s finals session. For what it’s worth, his 100 free semifinal would go off about 10:35 AM local time, and with medal ceremonies built in, he’d actually get significantly more rest than prelims, with his 4×200 free relay final not scheduled until 12:26 PM local time.
But for his grit this morning, Mityukov joins our growing list of prelims all-stars.
Tokyo 2020 Prelims All-Stars