Tokyo 2020, Europe Day 3: A Finals Session of Historic 1-2 Finishes

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Russia, competing as the Russian Olympic Committee, earned its first two medals of the meet in the men’s 100 back final where Evgeny Rylov won gold (51.98) and Kliment Kolesnikov out touched USA’s Ryan Murphy to win silver (52.00).

This was the fastest Olympic 100 back final in history.

This 1-2 finish marked only one of 5 times in Olympic history that the United States has not finished 1st or 2nd in this event (908, 1932, 1956, and 1980). Rylov broke the American’s 6 consecutive win streak at the Olympics in this event.

Simultaneously, he ended Russia’s 25-year-long Olympic gold medal drought in pool swimming.

Great Britain also had a 1-2 finish, in the men’s 200 free final from Tom Dean and Duncan Scott to maintain their lead over the European medals table.

Dean broke the British National Record of 1:44.47, set earlier this year by Scott, with a time of 1:44.22.

Scott touched the wall .04 after him to win silver and join Dean in becoming Great Britain’s first-ever men’s 200 free Olympic medalists.

All-Time Performers, Men’s 200 Freestyle (LCM)

  1. Paul Biedermann (GER), 1:42.00 – 2009
  2. Michael Phelps (USA), 1:42.96 – 2008
  3. Yannick Agnel (FRA), 1:43.14 – 2012
  4. Danila Izotov (RUS), 1:43.90 – 2009
  5. Ian Thorpe (AUS), 1:44.06 – 2002
  6. Tom Dean (GBR), 1:44.22 – 2021
  7. Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:44.26 – 2021
  8. Danas Rapsys (LTU), 1:44.38 – 2019
  9. Sun Yang (CHN), 1:44.39 – 2017
  10. Ryan Lochte (USA), 1:44.44 – 2011

These times bode well for Great Britain’s 4×200 free relay on day 4.

Quick Hits

  • Hungary’s Kristof Milak topped the men’s 200 fly semifinal (1:52.22), coming within about 1.5 seconds of his World Record
  • Abbie Wood of Great Britain took 2nd in the 200 IM semifinal (2:09.56) about one third of a second behind 1st place finisher Alex Walsh of the USA
  • Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu finished 7th in the 200 IM semifinal, one of her World Record-holding events
  • The Russian Olympic Committee’s  Evgeniia Chikunova and Yuliya Efimova took 4th and 5th place in the 100 breast final

Continental and National Records on Day 3

  • Rylov’s 51.98 broke the European Continental Record
  • While 16-year-old David Popovici missed the men’s 200 free podium by .02, his time of 1:44.68 set a new Romanian National Record and European Junior Record.
  • In the prelims race of the men’s 200 fly,  Noe Ponti took down the Swiss National Record with a time of 1:55.05
  • Norway’s Tomoe Hvas broke the National Record in the 200 fly prelims as well (1:56.30) to place 19th
  • Maria Ugolkova broke the Swiss National Record in the 200 IM prelims race (2:10.04) to place 5th.
  • In the semifinals, Barbora Seemanova notched a Czech Republic National Record of 1:56.14 in the 200 free to come in 5th. She beat her previous national record  .13.

Europe Medal Table Through Day 3

Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
Great Britain 3 2 1 0
Italy 2 0 1 1
Russian Olympic Committee 2 1 1 0
Netherlands 1 0 1 0

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