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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- Day 8 Finals Live Recap
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom won silver in the 50 freestyle final on day 8 with a time of that matched her fastest time of the year from February. But, a lot has happened between February and the Tokyo Games for World Record holder Sjostrom.
Within days of posting her fastest 50 freestyle time of the season, a 24.07 in February, Sjostrom slipped on ice and broke her elbow. This was less than 200 days before the start of the Tokyo Games.
Sjostrom underwent surgery which put screws and a metal plate in her elbow. Three weeks later, she was back in the pool (starting with kicking, and she later worked her way back up to swimming.)
She had a strong performance at the Sette Colli Trophy in June, surprising herself with a 25.42 50 meter fly which was the 3rd fastest time in the world at the time. Sjostrom had not been able to train butterfly until early June.
While this was Sjostrom’s first podium finish in Tokyo, it was a feat in itself that she matched her speed from February to win silver. Sjostrom finished 14th in this event at the 2012 Olympics and 13th at the 2016 Olympics.
At the 2019 World Championships, she posted a 24.07 to win silver behind defending World Champion Simone Manuel of Team USA.
France’s Florent Manaudou made history on day 8 by becoming the second person in history to medal three times in the 50 free. He won silver with a time of 21.55, .02 off the fastest time he has posted since his more than 2-year hiatus from the sport after the Rio Olympics. He swam that 21.53 in the semifinals.
Only Team USA’s Gary Hall Jr. has ever medaled three times in this event. He won gold in 2000 and 2004 and won silver in 1996.
Duncan Scott became the first British swimmer ever to win four medals in one Olympic Games. He took home a silver in the 200 IM, a silver in the 200 free, a gold medal on the 4×200 free relay, and a silver in the 4×100 medley relay.
In the 4×100 medley relay, Scott helped Britain earn a consecutive Olympic silver medal in the event (although he was not on the 2016 relay.)
- Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk came within 4 seconds of his National Record from 2018 European Championships to win silver in the 1500 free (14:40.66)
- Florian Wellbrock within 5 seconds of his National Record from 2018 European Championships to win bronze (14:40.91).
- Sweden’s Michelle Coleman almost broke her 100 back National Record on the lead-off of the 4×100 medley relay. She split a 59.75 and her record is 59.62 from the Sette Colli Trophy in June.
Continental and National Records on Day 7
- Sweden set National Record in the women’s 4×100 medley relay with their team of Coleman, Sophie Hansson, Louise Hansson, and Sjostrom (3:54.27) to place 5th.
- Great Britain broke the European Record in the men’s 4×100 medley relay with their team of Luke Greenbank, Adam Peaty, James Guy, and Duncan Scott won silver with a time of 3:27.51. Back-to-back silver in this event for the British
- Italians broke their men’s 4×100 medley relay National Record with a time of 3:29.17 to win bronze. Their team was Thomas Ceccon, Nicolo Martinenghi, Federico Burdisso, and Alessandro Miressi. The previous record was set at 3:29.93 and they out touched Russia by .05 for the bronze.
Europe Medals Table After Day 8