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)
- Full aquatics schedule
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- Entry Lists
- Live Results
- Day 4 Finals Heat Sheet
Day Four brought no significant changes to the top six teams (USA, Australia, Great Britain, Canada, Russian Olympic Committee, and Japan) but three nations earned their first pool swimming medals on Wednesday: Hong Kong, Hungary, and Germany.
Ariarne Titmus won the first gold medal of the day for Australia in the 200 free, going 1:53.50 to overtake Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey over the final 20 meters. Haughey picked up a silver, Hong Kong’s first swimming medal, and took down the Asian record with her 1:53.92. Penny Oleksiak added a bronze (1:54.70) to Canada’s medal haul.
World Record-holder Kristof Milak put Hungary on the table for the first time in the Tokyo Olympics, breaking the Olympic Record in the 200 fly to win gold in 1:51.24. Japan’s Tomoru Honda (1:53.73) earned the silver medal ahead of Italy’s Federico Burdisso (1:54.45) who scored a bronze medal.
Japan picked up another medal -this time, gold- in the women’s 200 IM where Yui Ohashi touched out USA’s Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass in a thrilling finish. It was Ohashi’s second IM gold of the Games, and the second time the silver and bronze medal winners were Americans.
The United States added a 1-2 sweep in the women’s 1500 free, when Katie Ledecky (15:37.34) won gold in this first-ever Olympic event and her teammate Erica Sullivan (15:41.41) nabbed the silver. Germany’s Sarah Kohler (15:42.91) won her nation’s first pool swimming medal since 2008 with a bronze and a German National Record by some 6 seconds.
Great Britain wrapped up the session with a dominant gold-medal performance in the men’s 4×200 free relay. Tom Dean, James Guy, Matthew Richards, and Duncan Scott combined for 6:58.58, barely missing the World and Olympic Records. The Russian Olympic Committee (7:01.81) added a silver, while Australia (7:01.84) took home the bronze.
Australia and Great Britain each have two more gold medals after four days of swimming than they had in 2016, while USA and Hungary have 3 and 2 fewer, respectively. The Americans have had some notable misses this year, especially in the men’s 100 backstroke and the men’s 4×200 free relay. In the case of the latter, 2020 marks the only time the USA has failed to make the podium (with the exception of 1980 when the U.S. boycotted the Games).
Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Pool Swimming Medal Table After Day 4
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Rio 2016 Olympics: Pool Swimming Medal Table After Day 4