Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games: Official SwimSwam Preview Index

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After a year’s delay, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, now being held in 2021, are just a week away from kicking off at the Japan National Stadium in Tokyo.

All month long, SwimSwam has been, and will continue to, preview every swimming event on the schedule for the Tokyo 2020 Games, including projecting our medalists and top 8 finishers for each and every race.

Below, follow along with SwimSwam’s picks, previews, and medalist choices for the upcoming Games.

Event Previews

Women Men
50 Free 50 Free
100 Free 100 Free
200 Free 200 Free
400 Free 400 Free
800 Free 800 Free
1500 Free 1500 Free
100 Back 100 Back
200 Back 200 Back
100 Breast 100 Breast
200 Breast 200 Breast
100 Fly 100 Fly
200 Fly 200 Fly
200 IM 200 IM
400 IM 400 IM
4×100 Free Relay 4×100 Free Relay
4×200 Free Relay 4×200 Free Relay
4×100 Medley Relay 4×100 Medley Relay

Medalist Predictions


Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 Free Cate Campbell, AUS Sarah Sjostrom, SWE Ranomi Kromowidjojo, NED
100 Free Emma McKeon, AUS Cate Campbell, AUS Sarah Sjostrom, SWE
200 Free Ariarne Titmus, AUS Katie Ledecky, USA Siobhan Haughey, HKG
400 Free Ariarne Titmus, Australia Katie Ledecky, USA Li Bingjie, CHN
800 Free Katie Ledecky, USA Simona Quadarella, ITA Ariarne Titmus, AUS
1500 Free Katie Ledecky, USA Simona Quadarella, ITA Maddy Gough, AUS
100 Back Kaylee McKeown, AUS Kylie Masse, Canada Regan Smith, USA
200 Back Kaylee McKeown, AUS Rhyan White, USA Margherita Panziera, ITA
100 Breast Lilly King, USA Yulia Efimova, ROC Lydia Jacoby, USA
200 Breast Tatjana Schoenmaker, RSA Lilly King, USA Annie Lazor, USA
100 Fly Maggie MacNeil, CAN Zhang Yufei, CHN Emma McKeon, AUS
200 Fly Zhang Yufei, CHN Hali Flickinger, USA Boglarka Kapas, HUN
200 IM Katinka Hosszu, HUN Sydney Pickrem, CAN Yui Ohashi, JPN
400 IM Katinka Hosszu, HUN Hali Flickinger, USA Yui Ohashi, JPN
Australia Canada Netherlands
Australia USA Canada
USA Australia Canada


Event Gold Silver Bronze
50 Free Caeleb Dressel, USA Ben Proud, GBR Vladimir Morozov, ROC
100 Free Caeleb Dressel, USA Kyle Chalmers, AUS Andrei Minakov, ROC
200 Free Duncan Scott, GBR Tom Dean, GBR Katsuhiro Matsumoto, JPN
400 Free Elijah Winnington, AUS Gabriele Detti, ITA Martin Malyutin, ROC
800 Free Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR Jack McLoughlin, AUS
1500 Free Florian Wellbrock, GER Mykhailo Romanchuk, UKR Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA
100 Back Ryan Murphy, USA Evgeny Rylov, ROC Xu Jiayu, CHN
200 Back Evgeny Rylov, ROC Ryan Murphy, USA Luke Greenbank, GBR
100 Breast Adam Peaty, GBR Arno Kamminga, NED Nicolo Martinenghi, ITA
200 Breast Anton Chupkov, ROC Shoma Sato, JPN Zac Stubblety-Cook, AUS
100 Fly Caeleb Dressel, USA Kristof Milak, HUN Andrei Minakov, ROC
200 Fly Kristof Milak, HUN Daiya Seto, JPN Chad le Clos, RSA
200 IM Michael Andrew, USA Daiya Seto, JPN Chase Kalisz, USA
400 IM Daiya Seto, JPN Chase Kalisz, USA Lewis Clareburt, NZL
Russia USA Australia
Great Britain Australia Russia
USA Great Britain Russia


Event Gold Silver Bronze
China Australia USA

*ROC refers to Russia, which will be competing under the banner of the Russian Olympic Committee due to anti-doping sanctions.

Projected Medal Table

Here’s a look at how the medal table would shake out based on our medalist picks in each event:

SwimSwam News – 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Pool Swimming Medal Table
Nation Total Medals Gold Silver Bronze
USA 25 10 10 5
Australia 20 9 5 6
Russian Olympic Committee 11 3 2 6
Great Britain 7 3 3 1
Italy 7 1 3 3
Japan 7 1 3 3
Canada 6 1 3 2
Hungary 5 3 1 1
China 5 2 1 2
Netherlands 3 1 2
South Africa 2 1 1
Ukraine 2 2
Sweden 2 1 1
Germany 1 1
Hong Kong 1 1
New Zealand 1 1

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2 years ago

Katinka is NOT WINNING the 400 IM and i don’t think she will win the 2 IM. I have the Hoos taking Gold and Silver. She’s 32 get real.

Reply to  Chris
2 years ago

The people who downvoted this comment🤡

2 years ago

no no no. Torre Huske will be medaling. come on!

2 years ago

Any news on time trials done at OT camp?I know in the past they have done them for relay options.

Reply to  Don
2 years ago

Yeah..Titmus went faster than the US 4 x 100m relay team.

Reply to  Don
2 years ago

I feel like they never disclose these

2 years ago

women’s 100 fly won by dressel?

2 years ago

I have no doubt Dressel could win the women’s 100 fly. But if he does, a lot of people people will be talking.

Woke Stasi
2 years ago

Folks, we got ourselves an Olympics!

2 years ago

While I definitely have Dressel down to win most everything he feels like, him taking the women’s 100 fly was not one of my predictions.

2 years ago

There are men listed under the women’s category in the fly events