Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games

Thursday morning’s session, which consists of Day 5’s finals and semifinals, will produce five new Olympic champions.

The morning will begin with the first-ever final of the men’s 800 freestyle, a new Olympic event this year. (The International Olympic Committee added three events to the lineup for the 2020 Olympic Games: the women’s 1500 free, the men’s 800 free, and the mixed 4×100 medley relay.) Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk took over 1.2 seconds off the Ukraine national record in prelims and established the first Olympic Record of 7:41.28. He will be chased on either side, in lanes 5 and 3, by Germany’s Florian Wellbrock (7:41.77) and USA’s Bobby Finke (7:42.72). The fastest time coming into this event belonged to 2019 World Champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy. He swam 7:47.73 in prelims and qualified eighth for the final.

The men’s 200 breast final should be a tight race, with the first and eighth qualifiers only separated by 1.4 seconds. Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook (2:07.35) led the semifinalists with a 2:07.38. He owns the second-fastest time in history, 2:06.28, from the Australian Olympic Trials this year. 2016 bronze medalist Anton Chupkov of the Russian Olympic Committee broke the World Record winning this event at 2019 World Championships in 2:06.12. He qualified seventh for the final. Arno Kamminga (NED), James Wilby (GBR), Nic Fink (USA), and Ryuya Mura (JPN) also have their eye on the gold.

China’s Zhang Yufei is heavily favored in the women’s 200 butterfly final. She was the top seed coming into the meet and improved her time in the semis, going 2:04.89 to crack the top-10 list of all-time performers. Americans Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith will be in lanes 5 and 6, while Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas will race in lane 3.

The last individual race of the morning, and by far the most anticipated, is the men’s 100 freestyle. The star-studded final will feature international sprint icons Kliment Kolesnikov (ROC), who broke the Olympic Record in the semis with 47.11; Caeleb Dressel (USA), the third-fastest performer of all time; defending Olympic champion Kyle Chalmers (AUS); and the current World Junior Record-holder, David Popovici (ROU).

The morning will conclude with the final of the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay. Australia’s depth in the 200 freestyle is unmatched, and the only question seems to be by how much they will lower their own World Record.

For a full preview of this morning’s session (or tonight’s, for those of us in the Western Hemisphere), click here.

Men’s 800 Freestyle – Final

  • World Record: Zhang Lin (CHN) – 7:32.12 (2009)
  • Olympic Record: Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 7:41.28 (2021)
  • World Junior Record: Mack Horton (AUS) – 7:45.67 (2013)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: N/A
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 800 Freestyle
  1. GOLD: Bobby Finke (USA) – 7:41.87
  2. SILVER: Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) – 7:42.11
  3. BRONZE: Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) – 7:42.33
  4. Florian Wellbrock (GER) – 7:42.68
  5. Jack McLoughlin (AUS) – 7:45.00
  6. Serhii Frolov (UKR) – 7:45.11
  7. Felix Auboeck (AUT) – 7:49.14
  8. Guilherme Costa (BRA) – 7:53.31

Reigning World Champion Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy took it out quickly from lane 8, turning at 55.15 ahead of Australia’s Jack McLoughlin and USA’s Bobby Finke at the 100. He was a full body up with 1:52.86 at the 200. Behind him were Florian Wellbrock and Mykhailo Romanchuk. At the 300, the field began to close the distance but it was still Paltrinieri, followed by Wellbrock and Romanchuk 2:51.47.

At the 600, it was still Romanchuk followed by Wellbrock and Romanchuk, but the middle of the pool turned on the jets over the last 100. At the 750 it was Wellbrock, Paltrinieri and Romanchuk.

With 25 meters left, Bobby Finke made his move. He powered past the field, coming from 5th place to take it home in 26.39 and win the gold medal with 7:41.87. Finke lowered his own American Record, set in prelims with 7:42.72, and moved to #13 all-time.

ALL-TIME PERFORMERS

1 Zhang Lin (CHN) 7:32.12 2009
2 Oussama Mellouli (TUN) 7:35.27 2009
3 Sun Yang (CHN) 7:38.57 2011
4 Grant Hackett (AUS) 7:38.65 2005
5 Ian Thorpe (AUS) 7:39.16 2001
6 Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA) 7:39.27 2019
7 Gabriele Detti (ITA) 7:40.77 2017
8 Henrik Christiansen (NOR) 7:41.28 2019
9 Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR) 7:41.28 2021
10 Wojciech Wojdak (POL) 7:41.73 2017
11 Florian Wellbrock (GER) 7:41.77 2021
12 Ryan Cochrane (CAN) 7:41.86 2011
13 Bobby Finke (USA) 7:41.87 2021

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Final

  • World Record: Anton Chupkov (RUS) – 2:06.12 (2019)
  • Olympic Record: Ippei Watanabe (JPN) – 2:07.22 (2016)
  • World Junior Record: Qin Haiyan (CHN) – 2:07.35 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Dmitriy Balandin (KAZ) – 2:07.46
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 200 Breaststroke
  1. GOLD: Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS) – 2:06.38
  2. SILVER: Arno Kamminga (NED) – 2:07.01
  3. BRONZE: Matti Mattson (FIN) – 2:07.13
  4. Anton Chupkov (ROC) – 2:07.24
  5. Nic Fink (USA) – 2:07.93
  6. James Wilby (GBR) – 2:08.19
  7. Ryuya Mura (JPN) – 2:08.42
  8. Erik Persson (SWE) – 2:08.88

Arno Kamminga of Netherlands set the pace early on, turning under World Record pace at the 50 wall in 28.14. James Wilby of Great Britain was in second place, ahead of Matti Mattson from Finland. Kamminga was still under WR pace at the 100 with 1:00.09. Mattson moved past Wilby into second place. Also under WR pace, he turned at 1:00.85.

At the 150 wall, Zac Stubblety-Cook of Australia moved into the top three, passing Wilby and closing the gap with the leaders.

Stubblety-Cook powered home to earn the gold medal and a 2:06.38 Olympic Record. Kamminga touched second in 2:07.01. Mattson’s 2:07.13 third-place finish lowered his Finnish record by 1.1 seconds.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Semifinals

  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 52.32
  2. Siobhan Haughey (HKG), 52.40
  3. Cate Campbell (AUS), 52.71
  4. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 52.82
  5. Penny Oleksiak (CAN), 52.86
  6. Femke Heemskerk (NED), 52.93
  7. Abbey Weitzeil (USA), 52.99
  8. Anna Hopkin (GBR), 53.11

Siobhan Haughey of Hong Kong led from start to finish in semifinal 1, establishing a new Asian Record with her winning time of 52.40. Cate Campbell was right behind her the entire way. She stopped the clock in 52.71 for second. France’s Marie Wattel was in second place at the 50 wall but fell to fifth at the touch. Both Penny Oleksiak of Canada (52.97) and Femke Heemskerk of Netherlands (52.93) passed on the second 50.

Australia’s Emma McKeon, who set the Olympic Record with 52.13 in heats, won the second semifinal with 52.32 to lead the qualifiers for the final. Great Britain’s Anna Hopkin flipped in second place ahead of USA’s Abbey Weitzeil at the halfway mark, but Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom passed by Hopkin and Weitzeil on the back half to finish second with 52.82. Weizeil touched out Hopkin, 52.99 to 53.11, for third.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – Semifinals

  • World Record: Aaron Peirsol (USA) – 1:51.92 (2009)
  • Olympic Record: Tyler Clary (USA) – 1:53.41 (2012)
  • World Junior Record: Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) – 1:55.14 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Ryan Murphy (USA) – 1:53.62
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 200 Backstroke
  1. Evgeny Rylov (ROC), 1:54.45
  2. Luke Greenbank (GBR), 1:54.98
  3. Ryan Murphy (USA), 1:55.38
  4. Adam Telegdy (HUN), 1:56.19
  5. Nicolas Garcia Saiz (ESP), 1:56.35
  6. Bryce Mefford (USA), 1:56.37
  7. Radoslaw Kawecki (POL), 1:56.68
  8. Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 1:56.69

Reigning World Champion Evgeny Rylov of the Russian Olympic Committee, who won gold in the 100 back here in Tokyo, scored a wire-to-wire victory in the first semifinal of the men’s 200 back. France’s Yohann Ndoye-Brouard, who had scratched into the semis, was in second place at the 100 wall from out in lane 8. Hungary’s Adam Telegdy moved into second place at the 150 and held on to touch second behind Rylov at the finish. Rylov went 1:54.45, while Telegdy was 1:56.19. Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki (1:56.68) and Japan’s Ryosuke Irie (1:56.69) touched 3rd and 4th.

Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank, who had qualified first for semis, took it out early and flipped ahead of Keita Sunama of Japan and USA’s Ryan Murphy at the 50. Green led at the 100, with Murphy and Spain’s Nicolas Garcia Saiz trailing. Murphy’s American teammate Bryce Mefford moved into third place at the 150 wall. At the touch, it was Greenbank (1:54.98), Murphy (1:55.38), Garcia (1:56.35), and Mefford (1:56.37).

Women’s 200 Butterfly – Final

  • World Record: Liu Zige (CHN) – 2:01.81 (2009)
  • Olympic Record: Jiao Liuyang (CHN) – 2:04.06 (2012)
  • World Junior Record: Suzuka Hasegawa (JPN) – 2:06.29 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Mireia Belmonte Garcia (ESP) – 2:04.85
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 200 Butterfly
  1. GOLD: Zhang Yufei (CHN) – 2:03.86 OR
  2. SILVER: Regan Smith (USA) – 2:05.30
  3. BRONZE: Hali Flickinger (USA) – 2:05.65
  4. Boglarka Kapas (HUN) – 2:06.53
  5. Svetlana Chimrova (ROC) – 2:07.70
  6. Yu Liyan (CHN) – 2:07.85
  7. Alys Thomas (GBR) – 2:07.90
  8. Brianna Throssell (AUS) – 2:09.48

China’s Zhang Yufei dominated the women’s 200 butterfly in heats and semis, where she was the fastest qualifier for the next round, first with 2:07.50, then with 2:04.89. In the final, she was untouchable, leading by a body length with running times of 26.92, 58.29, and 1:31.03 at the 50/100/150 walls. She brought it home in 32.8 to take down the Olympic Record with 2:03.86. It was the fastest 200 butterfly performance in 12 years.

American’s Regan Smith and Hali Flickinger traded leads but remained in second and third place behind Zhang throughout the race. Flickinger had led Smith in the silver medal race, but Smith came home with the fastest final 50 in the field, 32.10. She slipped past Flickinger and earned the silver with 2:05.30. Flickinger settled for the bronze with 2:05.65.

This marks the second podium finish for each of the three medalists. Earlier this week, Zhang earned a silver in the 100 fly. Smith and Flickinger both won bronze medals – in the 100 back and 400 IM, respectively.

ALL-TIME PERFORMERS

Rank Swimmer Time Date
1 Liu Zige (CHN) 2:01.81 2009
2 Jessicah Schipper (AUS) 2:03.41 2009
3 Zhang Yufei (CHN) 2:03.86 2021
4 Jiao Liuyang (CHN) 2:04.06 2012
5 Mary Descenza (USA) 2:04.14 2009
6 Katinka Hosszu (HUN) 2:04.27 2009
7 Natsumi Hoshi (JPN) 2:04.69 2012
8 Mireia Belmonte (ESP) 2:04.78 2013
9 Ellen Gandy (GBR) 2:04.83 2009
10 Madeline Groves (AUS) 2:04.88 2016

Men’s 100 Freestyle – Final

  • World Record: Cesar Cielo (BRA) – 46.91 (2009)
  • Olympic Record: Eamon Sullivan (AUS) – 47.05 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: David Popovici (ROU) – 47.30 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 47.58
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 100 Freestyle
  1. GOLD: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 47.02 OR
  2. SILVER: Kyle Chalmers (AUS) – 47.08
  3. BRONZE: Kliment Kolesnikov (ROC) – 47.44
  4. Maxime Grousset (FRA) – 47.72
  5. Hwang Sunwoo (KOR) – 47.82
  6. Alessandro Miressi (ITA) – 47.86
  7. David Popovici (ROU) – 48.04
  8. Nandor Nemeth (HUN) – 48.10

As expected, USA’s Caeleb Dressel used his explosive start to get out in front of the field off the block. He had a clear advantage when he took his first stroke, and he flipped .10 ahead of second-place Kliment Kolesnikov of Russia, at the 50. Dressel knew that Kolesnikov and 2016 Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers of Australia would close hard. He managed to get his hand to the wall just ahead of Chalmers, who came home .26 faster over the second half.

The splits of the top three finishers:

  • Dressel 22.39/24.63
  • Chalmers 22.71/24.37
  • Kolesnikov 22.49/24.95

Dressel notched his second-fastest 100 free time and took down Eamon Sullivan’s super-suit-era Olympic Record by .03.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Semifinals

  • World Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11 (2013)
  • Olympic Record: Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA) – 2:19.16 (2021)
  • World Junior Record: Viktoriya Zeynep Gunes (TUR) – 2:19.64 (2015)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Rie Kaneto (JPN) – 2:20.30
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 200 Breaststroke
  1. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 2:19.33
  2. Evgeniia Chikunova (ROC), 2:20.57
  3. Annie Lazor (USA), 2:21.94
  4. Kaylene Corbett (RSA), 2:22.08
  5. Lilly King (USA), 2:22.27
  6. Abbie Wood (GBR), 2:22.35
  7. Molly Renshaw (GBR), 2:22.70
  8. Fanny Lecluyse (BEL), 2:23.73

Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw held the lead through 150 meters in the first semifinal. USA’s Lilly King held onto second place from beginning to end, while South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett moved past China’s Yu Jingyao, who was 3rd at the 100 to challenge King and Renshaw over the second half. Corbett moved from third to first (2:22.08) in the heat over the final 50 meters. King passed Renshaw to touch second with 2:22.27. Canada’s Kelsey Wog was disqualified.

100 breast silver medalist Tatjana Schoenmaker of South Africa led from start to finish in the second semi. After having broken the Olympic Record in prelims with the second-fastest time in history, Schoenmaker seemed to take an extra stroke coming into the 200 wall and clocked a 2:19.33. Otherwise, she looked on pace to break the World Record of 2:19.11 set by Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen in 2013.

Russia’s Evgeniia Chikunova (2:20.57) held the second position from start to finish. Great Britain’s Abbie Wood was in third place through 150 meters but USA’s Annie Lazor, who moved from 6th at the 100 to 4th at the 150, slipped past Wood to touch third with 2:21.94. Wood stopped the clock at 2:22.35.

Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Semifinals

  • World Record: Ryan Lochte (USA) – 1:54.00 (2011)
  • Olympic Record: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.23 (2008)
  • World Junior Record: Hubert Kos (HUN) – 1:56.99 (2021)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (USA) – 1:54.66
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 200 Individual Medley
  1. Wang Shun (CHN), 1:56.22
  2. Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:56.69
  3. Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:56.86
  4. Michael Andrew (USA), 1:57.08
  5. Jeremy Desplanches (SUI), 1:57.38
  6. Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:57.47
  7. Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 1:57.55
  8. Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:57.64

Hungary’s Lazlo Cseh got off to an early lead on the butterfly leg, with Norway’s Tomoe Hvas and Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches following in second and third. Cseh stayed in front on backstroke. At the 100 wall he turned into the breaststroke leg first, followed by Desplanches, who had passed Hvas.

Daiya Seto, the 2019 World Champion, swimming in lane 8 after having qualified 16th, came roaring to the front of the pack with a 32.92 breaststroke split, by far the fastest in the field. Duncan Scott of Great Britain, who anchored the gold-medal 800 free relay yesterday, closed in 27.55 to touch first with 1:56.69. Seto (1:56.86) beat Desplanches (1:57.38) and Cseh (1:57.64) for second place.

Michael Andrew of USA did his usual thing, jumping out to the lead with his strong front-half speed. South Africa’s Matthew Sates was in second place after the fly, ahead of China’s Wang Shun. Wang moved past Sates on the backstroke and Kosuke Hagino of Japan took over at third. It was Andrew, Wang, and Hagino, in that order, at the 150. Andrew was up by 1.93 second over Wang, and by 2.43 over Hagino. Wang blew past Andrew on the freestyle, outsplitting him 27.89 to 30.68. Hagino’s final 28.61 made up a lot of ground, as well. Wang touched first with 1:56.22. Andrew was second with 1:57.08, just ahead of Hagino (1:57.47).

Third-seeded Mitch Larkin of Australia, who chose the 200 IM over the 200 back, missed the final, finishing 10th overall with 1:57.80. Larkin holds the Commonwealth and Oceanian Records with 1:55.72.

Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay – Final

  • World Record: Australia (Titmus, Wilson, Throssell, McKeon) – 7:41.50 (2019)
  • Olympic Record: USA (Franklin, Vollmer, Vreeland, Schmitt) – 7:42.92 (2012)
  • World Junior Record: Canada (Sanchez, Oleksiak, Smith, Ruck) – 7:51.47 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: USA (Schmitt, Smith, DiRado, Ledecky) – 7:43.03
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay
  1. GOLD: China, 7:40.33 WR
  2. SILVER: United States, 7:40.73
  3. BRONZE: Australia, 7:41.29
  4. Canada, 7:43.77
  5. Russian Olympic Committee, 7:52.15
  6. Germany, 7:53.89
  7. Hungary, 7:56.62
  8. France, 7:58.15

The biggest plot twist of the Games took place in the final of the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay.

The pre-race chatter had been focused on Australia and their incredible depth, allowing them to swap out all four swimmers from prelims with fresh legs for the final. It wasn’t a question of whether the Australian quartet would win. The question was how low would they take the World Record.

China had other plans for the outcome of this race, and it was evident from the start. Yang Junxuan went head to head against Australia’s Ariarne Titmus, the Olympic gold medalist in the 200 free on Day 4. Yang got out to an early lead, up by .16 at the 100 and .5 at the 150. She held on and denied Titmus her come-from-behind victory with which she won both the 200 and 400 free finals at these Games.

Yang went 1:54.37 and handed off to Tang Muhan. She split an even 1:55.00, going .31 faster than Australia’s Emma McKeon. There were moments when it looked like Australia would take their rightful place at the head of the field, but each time China fought back. Zhang Yufei, straight from the medal ceremony for her 200 butterfly win, swam the third leg in 1:55.66. Li Bingjie anchored in 1:55.30. China’s combined 7:40.33 took 1.17 seconds off Australia’s World Record and 2.59 seconds off USA’s Olympic Record.

Zhang finished the session with two gold medals and two Olympic Records.

The United States, meanwhile, moved past Canada, from fourth place to third place, after the second leg. Veteran Allison Schmitt had led off with 1:56.34. She was followed by Paige Madden (1:55.25) and Katie McLaughlin (1:55.38). When Katie Ledecky began her anchor leg, the Americans trailed the Australians by about 1.5 seconds. Ledecky split 1:53.76 on the end to hand the USA the silver medal. Their final time of 7:40.73 was also under World Record pace. It marked the second time in the last two years that the USA’s 4×200 free relay has finished under the WR but placed second, seeing another team write their names in the record books. Schmitt, Madden, McLaughlin, and Ledecky broke the American Record.

Australia finished third with an Australian, Commonwealth, and Oceanian Record of 7:41.29. Titmus went 1:54.51; McKeon was 1:55.31; Madison Wilson split 1:55.62; and Leah Neale anchored in 1:55.85.

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Monkeyseemonkeydoodoo
1 month ago

Just two cents before we kick off on another exciting / gut-wrenching / taxing finals session

There have been a LOT of opinions on Olympics performances over the last few days, not just concerned with swimming. Just a few things in my opinion we should keep in perspective

The Olympics are immeasurable pressure. Sure, these are celebrities and subject to the critical public eye and their performances are going to be scrutinized. But they’re human beings first, they’re trying to do everything they possibly can to represent their nations / team, and a lot of these people we are critiquing are kids. The small bit of emotion from Ledecky after her 1500 win yesterday nearly made me cry. So… Read more »

DJTrockstoYMCA
Reply to  Monkeyseemonkeydoodoo
1 month ago

To be brief: Let us take no persons inventory. We rather should respect the walk each person endures. Grace offered to others is a mark of high character.

T S
Reply to  Monkeyseemonkeydoodoo
1 month ago

well said

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Monkeyseemonkeydoodoo
1 month ago

Do your words apply only to US swimmers?

Foreign swimmers is fair game, right?

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

please just stop already we all know you hate americans

Cate
Reply to  Texas Tap Water
1 month ago

What is your problem….besides bad grammar?

Rsgnsf
Reply to  Monkeyseemonkeydoodoo
1 month ago

I did cry when I saw that surge of emotion wash thru her after the 1500 last night. She’s had such incredible control so far, taking the 400 and 200 losses with such class & cool, but you know those had to hurt. And she’s got the 800 ahead, where, unimaginably, she’s the underdog, against women who have been inspired and modeled themselves after her. They wouldn’t be there if Katie, with all her unbelievable discipline and hard work, dedication and complete commitment to the sport, didn’t exist. And she doesn’t get the massive credit she deserves. Instead, for so many she gets downvoted in the SS comments, and gets seemingly instantly dismissed and tossed by the roadside by so… Read more »

Facts
1 month ago

If all 8 finalists DQ does nobody got a medal or does everybody get gold medal?

Stephen
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

That’s a good question

Hswimmer
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

That’s a good question lol

Screaming
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

That’s a good

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Jessica Freedman
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

That’s a

Steve Nolan
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

That’s

BairnOwl
Reply to  Steve Nolan
1 month ago

Th

Dswim
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

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Khachaturian
Reply to  Dswim
1 month ago

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Yay Swimming
Reply to  Dswim
1 month ago
             
Ben
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

Or does it mean they give the medals to 9th, 10th and 11th in the semi-final?

Gogo bibi
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

That has the same probability of happening as Lilly King to win gold in women’s 200 breast

BamaSpeed
Reply to  Facts
1 month ago

They actually give Rowdy the gold medal, it’s part of his contract.

BairnOwl
1 month ago

Upvote if you think Leah Neale swims faster than 1:56.5 on the anchor, downvote if she’s slower.

50free
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

Rowdy’s grandma will come in last second.

Eric the eel > Phelps
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

she was 1.56.9 in rio 2016 🙁

Pags
1 month ago

Anybody following this thread who’s actually on site at the Tokyo Olympic Aquatic Centre? Hit me with your contact info, and I’ll Venmo you a hundo to choke whoever’s been blowing that gotdamn horn all week.

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BearlyBreathing
Reply to  Pags
1 month ago

I’m relieved to hear that I’m not the only one who is driven up the wall by that thing.
Worst sporting event noisemaker since the Vuvuzela.

Oceanian
Reply to  Pags
1 month ago

At first I thought the horn was part of the artificial crowd noise that they are using in some sports.

Are you defo sure there’s someone there operating one?

Pags
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

If it’s fake, choke the sound effects guy and I’ll Venmo you $200.

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Seeing as it’s played every time the Russians have an athlete in the water, fair to assume it’s not artificial.

Steve Nolan
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Nothing artificial about them Ruskis.

BearlyBreathing
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

Yet more evidence that it was a mistake not to blanket ban the whole country from competing in these Games. Yeah I said it.

Last edited 1 month ago by BearlyBreathing
Corn Pop
Reply to  BearlyBreathing
1 month ago

They just saved gymnastics from US vitriol & ego drama victimisation . Moreover the 16 year old Listunova took a photo of her deceased childhood coach to the cameras & said Thank You For Everything .

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Swimcoach24
Reply to  leisurely1:29
1 month ago

It’s elfimova getting back at all of us for the comments throughout the years 😂

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Yes, they were switched on whenever Russians were on the podium.

Obviously Russian.

Jackman
Reply to  Pags
1 month ago

Better hope its not Mooney or Boxall – you don’t want those hands

T S
1 month ago

Predictions the same as earlier
Havent been paying attention to the 800 so gonna give it to paltrinieri
zac/chupkov/wilby (kamminga or fink could also podium)
Flick/zhang/smith
Dressel/Chalmers and Kolesnikov tie(not really i just cant pick)
Hunter Armstrong pulls the upset and wins the womens 4×2

Samesame
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

Surely Zhang wins.I’m still hoping Chalmers

25Backstroke
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

Paltrinieri qualified 8th and I don’t think he’s completely recovered from mono yet. I’d say the real race is between Romanchuk and Wellbrock for gold

T S
Reply to  25Backstroke
1 month ago

Like I said, haven’t paid attention to that event, excited to see what Bobby can throw down

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

You don’t need to say you haven’t been paying attention to the 800 if you say paltinieri will win lol. Pretty redundant

Dswim
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Almost was a paltinieri win aswell! There must be a current in lane 8 helping them!

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
Reply to  Dswim
1 month ago

Probably

T S
Reply to  T S
1 month ago

to be fair I wasn’t that far off tonight

Wow
1 month ago

Line ups
AUS TITMUS-MCKEON-WILSON-NEALE
USA SCHMITT-MADDEN-MCLAUGHLIN-LEDECKY
NEALE ANCHORING? HUH?

BairnOwl
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Let’s just hope there’s an insurmountable lead by the halfway point for the Aussies.

Yup
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

you mean……….bronze?

MissM
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Same strategy as RIO: fastest to slowest … just try and hang on.

BairnOwl
Reply to  MissM
1 month ago

It didn’t exactly work in Rio, but they also didn’t have the depth back then.

MissM
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

Very true … they did a similar thing at Pan Pacs when Maddie Groves held of Ledecky by mms.

BairnOwl
Reply to  MissM
1 month ago

Personally, I like the idea of anchoring with the fastest or second-fastest, because they probably have the upside to lift their performance if things start getting hairy.

Hswimmer
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Ugh Schmitt… at least she’s leadoff

Jackman
Reply to  Wow
1 month ago

Neale vs Ledecky scares me

BairnOwl
1 month ago

Australia’s relay line-up: Titmus – McKeon – Wilson – Neale.

Can we get an f in the chat for Mollie?

flicker
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

hoping Mollie gets the heat swim for the women’s medley relay although I doubt it

BairnOwl
Reply to  flicker
1 month ago

Somehow I get the feeling they will give it to C2…

flicker
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

I wouldn’t be surprised by that, also wouldn’t be surprised if its still Wilson even though others have been faster and she would’ve swam 4 200 freestyles by then – can they give the mixed medley heat swim to Wilson or C2 instead though?

BairnOwl
Reply to  flicker
1 month ago

Wilson’s 4×100 heat swim was the slowest of the four who swam, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they choose her based on experience.

Sub13
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

Mollie still gets two medals (hopefully both gold). As far as bad luck / getting screwed over goes, I’m sure it could be much worse.

Samesame
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Yeah. Also could be better though.

WHKIRCH
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Agree it could be worse, but it’s a bad message from Swimming Australia. Basically says that your placing at Trials matters more than your performance at the international meet in question, which is confounding considering Australia’s past challenges at transferring form from Trials to international competition.

Last edited 1 month ago by WHKIRCH
Texas Tap Water
Reply to  Sub13
1 month ago

Not part of WORLD RECORD breaking

M d e
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

Disgraceful.

We probably win anyway, but still.

Texas Tap Water
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

F

leisurely1:29
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

Capital F in the chat for the Aussie coaches

sticky rice
1 month ago

My body is ready

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Anne Lepesant is the mother of four daughters, all of whom swam in college. With an undergraduate degree from Princeton (where she was an all-Ivy tennis player) and an MBA from INSEAD, she worked for many years in the financial industry, both in France and the U.S. Anne is currently …

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