Tokyo 2020 Olympics: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

It’s hard to believe, but we’re already past the halfway mark of the swimming competition in Tokyo, with Day 5 prelims marking the ninth of 15 total sessions in the pool.

Some of the world’s top female sprinters will get in on the action on Wednesday with their first individual swims of the meet in the 100 freestyle, including Australia’s Cate Campbell, Denmark’s Pernille Blume and American Abbey Weitzeil.

The field will also feature Campbell’s teammate Emma McKeon, who had the fastest split on the women’s 400 free relay by a mile on the opening morning of finals in 51.35 as the Aussies broke the world record.

World record holder Sarah Sjostrom will look to bounce back after a seventh-place finish in the 100 butterfly, and defending champion Penny Oleksiak aims to keep the momentum rolling after a 52.2 split on the relay and a bronze medal victory in the 200 free earlier in the day.

We’ll also see heats in the men’s 200 backstroke, where Evgeny Rylov enters as the odds-on favorite as the reigning two-time world champion, not to mention that he won gold in the 100 back on Tuesday morning in a European Record time of 51.98.

Defending champion Ryan Murphy will aim to bounce back after falling to third in the 100 back. The same goes for American Lilly King, who takes on the women’s 200 breast after losing her Olympic title in the 100-meter event.

South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker and King’s U.S. teammate Annie Lazor are the top two seeds.

The men’s 200 IM will be highlighted by top-seeded American Michael Andrew and 400 IM Olympic champion Chase Kalisz, along with Great Britain’s Duncan Scott, who has had an amazing show fare here in Tokyo.

This is also the session to watch for Australia’s Mitch Larkin, as he’s opted to swim the men’s 200 IM over the 200 back. Unfortunately for Larkin, his two best events follow the same schedule at the Olympics.

The women’s 4×200 free relay will close out the session. The United States has won five of the six gold medals in the event’s Olympic history, but the Australians have established themselves as huge favorites after the times their top-four finishers at the Olympic Trials added up to be under the existing world record.

The Aussies will use Mollie O’CallaghanMeg HarrisBrianna Throssell and Tamsin Cook on the prelim relay, notably leaving off fourth-place Trials finisher Leah Neale.

If everyone is healthy, Australia would likely exchange all four swimmers for the final—Ariarne Titmus, Emma McKeon, Madi Wilson and Neale.

Canada (Savard, Smith, Harvey, Pickrem) could do the same, depending on whether or not they want to use Taylor Ruck, and the United States (Sims, Madden, McLaughlin, Forde) has kept Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt in reserve. Penny OleksiakSummer McIntosh and Kayla Sanchez will certainly move in for Canada in the final.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Prelims

  1. Emma McKeon (AUS), 52.13 OR
  2. Siobhan Haughey (HKG), 52.70
  3. Anna Hopkin (GBR), 52.75
  4. Cate Campbell (AUS), 52.80
  5. Sarah Sjostrom (SWE), 52.91
  6. Penny Oleksiak (CAN0, 52.95
  7. Pernille Blume (DEN), 52.96
  8. Yang Junxuan (CHN), 53.02
  9. Femke Heemskerk (NED), 53.10
  10. Kayla Sanchez (CAN), 53.12
  11. Abbey Weitzeil (USA), 53.21
  12. Michelle Coleman (SWE), 53.53
  13. Signe Bro (DEN), 53.54
  14. Freya Anderson (GBR), 53.61
  15. Charlotte Bonnet (FRA), 53.67
  16. Marie Wattel (FRA) / Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED), 53.71*

It was an eventful preliminary in the women’s 100 freestyle, and more specifically, an action-packed sixth heat.

Emma McKeon torched the opening 50 in that penultimate heat, flipping in 24.98 before closing in a very strong 27.15 to put up a time of 52.13, smashing the Olympic Record of 52.62 set by Sarah Sjostrom leading off Sweden’s 400 free relay earlier in the meet.

The swim is also a new best time for McKeon, as the Aussie had gone 52.19 earlier this year, and registers as the eighth-fastest swim of all-time. (The 52.19 was also done in a prelim.)

Following McKeon in that heat was Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey, who broke the Asian Record in 52.70, and Anna Hopkin, who took down the British Record in 52.75. Those previous records stood at 52.79 and 52.87, respectively, while Haughey’s previous best was 52.92 and Hopkin’s was 53.21.

Top seed Cate Campbell was the best of the rest, winning Heat 7 in 52.80 over Penny Oleksiak (52.95), while the world record-holder Sjostrom (52.91) led Denmark’s Pernille Blume (52.96) in the first circle-seeded heat.

There was a tie for 16th between the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo and France’s Marie Wattel in 53.71, meaning we’ll need a swim-off to settle who will advance to the semis.

American Erika Brown finished 18th in 53.87 and will miss the semi-finals.

Men’s 200 Backstroke – Prelims

  • 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. Luke Greenbank (GBR), 1:54.63
  2. Evgeny Rylov (ROC), 1:56.02
  3. Bryce Mefford (USA), 1:56.37
  4. Lee Juho (KOR), 1:56.77
  5. Grigory Tarasevich (ROC), 1:56.82
  6. Radoslaw Kawecki (POL), 1:56.83
  7. Ryan Murphy (USA), 1:56.92
  8. Ryosuke Irie (JPN), 1:56.97
  9. Keita Sunama (JPN), 1:57.07
  10. Tristan Hollard (AUS), 1:57.24
  11. Roman Mityukov (SUI), 1:57.45
  12. Brodie Williams (GBR), 1:57.48
  13. Nicolas Garcia Saiz (ESP), 1:57.62
  14. Adam Telegdy (HUN), 1:57.70
  15. Xu Jiayu (CHN), 1:57.76
  16. Markus Thormeyer (CAN), 1:57.85

Great Britain has been on fire over the last few events in the pool, and Luke Greenbank kept things rolling in the men’s 200 backstroke by annihilating the rest of the field in the prelims with a time of 1:54.63.

Greenbank soared to the victory in Heat 2, posting that time that falls just two tenths outside of his British Record set earlier this year (1:54.43).

South Korean Lee Juho went sub-1:57 for the first time to reset his National Record in 1:56.77, taking second to Greenbank in the heat and ultimately fourth overall.

Defending gold medalist Ryan Murphy did what was necessary to touch first in the penultimate heat, cruising through for the seventh-fastest time overall in 1:56.92.

Reigning world champion and 100 back Olympic champion Evgeny Rylov looked even easier in winning the final heat, putting up a time of 1:56.02 to qualify second overall. American Bryce Mefford had a successful debut Olympic race by clocking 1:56.37 to touch second to Rylov and third overall heading to the semis.

Russian Grigory Tarasevich, who was a late addition to the ROC team, qualifies for the semis out of the non-circle-seeded opening heat, clocking 1:56.82 to rank fifth and break 1:57 for the first time.

China’s Xu Jiayu was fourth in this event in 2016 and fifth at the 2017 World Championships, but barely squeaked into the semis with a time of 1:57.76.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke – Prelims

  • World Record: Rikke Moller Pedersen (DEN) – 2:19.11 (2013)
  • Olympic Record: Rebecca Soni (USA) – 2:19.59 (2012)
  • 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), 2:19.16 OR
  2. Lilly King (USA), 2:22.10
  3. Evgeniia Chikunova (ROC), 2:22.16
  4. Kaylene Corbett (RSA), 2:22.48
  5. Annie Lazor (USA), 2:22.76
  6. Molly Renshaw (GBR), 2:22.99
  7. Mariia Temnikova (ROC), 2:23.13
  8. Yu Jingyao (CHN), 2:23.17
  9. Jenna Strauch (AUS), 2:23.30
  10. Jessica Vall Montero (ESP), 2:23.31
  11. Fanny Lecluyse (BEL), 2:23.42
  12. Sophie Hansson (SWE), 2:23.82
  13. Francesca Fangio (ITA), 2:23.89
  14. Lisa Mamie (SUI), 2:23.91
  15. Abbie Wood (GBR), 2:24.13
  16. Kelsey Wog (CAN), 2:24.27

Tatjana Schoenmaker dropped the second-fastest swim of all-time in the last heat of the women’s 200 breaststroke, throwing down a time of 2:19.16 to narrowly miss the world record of 2:19.11 set in 2013 by Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen.

Schoenmaker was slightly off WR pace at each turn, and sat 18 one-hundredths back at the 150 before closing in 36.09 to make up some ground on Pedersen’s pace. Schoenmaker’s splits over the first 150 were 31.98/35.76/35.33.

The swim for the South African lowers the Olympic Record of 2:19.59 set by American Rebecca Soni in 2012, and smashes her African Record of 2:20.17 set earlier this year.

Schoenmaker’s performance marks the 13th in history sub-2:20, and the first since 2017.

All-Time Performances (Sub-2:20), Women’s 200 Breaststroke (LCM)

  1. Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2:19.11 – 2013
  2. Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA), 2:19.16 – 2021
  3. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:19.41 – 2013
  4. Rebecca Soni (USA), 2:19.59 – 2012
  5. Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2:19.61 – 2014
  6. Viktoriya Zeynep Gunes (TUR) / Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:19.64 – 2015/2017
  7. Rie Kaneto (JPN), 2:19.65 – 2016
  8. Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2:19.67 – 2014
  9. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:19.83 – 2017
  10. Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2:19.84 – 2014
  11. Yuliya Efimova (RUS), 2:19.85 – 2013
  12. Rikke Moeller Pedersen (DEN), 2:19.94 – 2014

Lilly King set the pace in the previous heat, actually turning faster than Schoenmaker at the 100 (1:07.58) before losing ground coming home to ultimately clock 2:22.10. That qualified King second overall, while her teammate Annie Lazor (2:22.76) advanced fourth from the heat in her Olympic debut.

Overall it was an amazing event for South Africa, with the country’s other entrant, Kaylene Corbett, winning Heat 2 in 2:22.48 for a big best time (previous was 2:24.18) and the fourth-fastest time of the session.

Russian teenager Evgeniia Chikunova was third-fastest overall from Schoenmaker’s heat in 2:22.16, notably closing faster than anyone in the field with a 35.86 final length.

Men’s 200 Individual Medley – Prelims

  • 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. Michael Andrew (USA), 1:56.40
  2. Jeremy Desplanches (SUI), 1:56.89
  3. Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 1:57.27
  4. Chase Kalisz (USA), 1:57.38
  5. Kosuke Hagino (JPN) / Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:57.39
  6. Wang Shun (CHN), 1:57.42
  7. Alberto Razzetti (ITA), 1:57.46
  8. Mitch Larkin (AUS), 1:57.50
  9. Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:57.51
  10. Hugo Gonzalez (ESP), 1:57.61
  11. Tomoe Hvas (NOR), 1:57.64
  12. Philip Heintz (GER), 1:57.72
  13. Andrey Zhilkin (ROC), 1:57.94
  14. Matthew Sates (RSA), 1:58.08
  15. Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:58.15

Michael Andrew opened up a big lead in the final heat of the men’s 200 IM using his patented opening 150, and despite getting a late push from Jeremy Desplanches, held on to claim the top seed of the evening in a time of 1:56.40.

Andrew had the fastest splits in the field on both fly (24.09) and breast (32.66), but was far and away the slowest of the 16 semi-finalists on freestyle (30.03). In fact, only the swimmers occupying the last three places in the event, all from Heat 1, were slower than Andrew on free.

Daiya Seto, the 2019 world champion, was the only other semi-finalist that wasn’t sub-29 on the closing leg, placing 16th with a 29.24 freestyle split.

Desplanches, the 2019 World Championship silver medalist, closed in 28.9 to take second to Andrew in 1:56.89, and New Zealand’s Lewis Clareburt clocked a new Kiwi Record of 1:57.27 to take third in the heat and overall.

Five of the top-six qualifiers ended up coming from that last heat, including 2016 Olympic silver medalist Kosuke Hagino and 200 free silver medalist Duncan Scott tying in 1:57.39.

400 IM champion Chase Kalisz paced the penultimate heat in 1:57.38, and Australian Mitch Larkin opened the first circle-seeded heat with a victory in 1:57.50, .01 ahead of legendary Hungarian Laszlo Cseh.

21-year-old Tomoe Hvas was the lone semi-final qualifier from one of the early heats, smashing his Norwegian Record by almost two seconds in 1:57.64 to snag 12th.

Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay – Prelims

  • 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. Australia, 7:44.61
  2. United States, 7:47.57
  3. China, 7:48.98
  4. Canada, 7:51.52
  5. Russian Olympic Committee, 7:52.04
  6. Germany, 7:52.06
  7. France, 7:55.05
  8. Hungary, 7:56.16

The Australians cruised their way to the top time of the evening session in the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay, clocking 7:44.61 to lead the United States by three seconds.

The highlight for the Aussies was the lead-off swim from 17-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan, who set a new World Junior Record in a time of 1:55.11, lowering the 1:55.43 mark set by China’s Yang Junxuan at the 2019 World Championships. Missy Franklin was 1:55.06 when she was young enough to set a WJR, but that was before they started being recognized.

O’Callaghan’s previous best was 1:56.29 at the Australian Olympic Trials.

Meg Harris (1:57.01), Brianna Throssell (1:56.46) and Tamsin Cook (1:56.03) followed for the Aussies, who put up the 13th-fastest time in history with the possibility of exchanging all four swimmers for the final. However, given O’Callaghan’s performance, it seems Leah Neale won’t swim on the relay at all.

The Canadians took second to Australia in the second heat, clocking 7:51.52 with a quick 1:55.99 split from Rebecca Smith. That could result in Taylor Ruck being left off the relay entirely.

The U.S. topped the opening heat in 7:47.57, led by Paige Madden (1:55.96) and Katie McLaughlin (1:56.02) swimming second and third.

China advances in third, going 7:48.98, and can bring in the aforementioned Yang for the final, who was fourth individually in the 200 free.

Women’s 100 Freestyle – Swim-off

For first alternate

  1. Erika Brown (USA), 53.51
  2. Wu Qingfeng (CHN), 54.47

Ranomi Kromowidjojo withdrew from a potential swim-off in the women’s 100 freestyle after tying with Marie Wattel for 16th in the prelims, moving Wattel into the semi-finals.

Erika Brown and Wu Qingfeng then raced a swim-off went to vie for the position of first alternate in the semis, with Brown using a huge underwater off the 50 wall to take a decisive victory in 53.51.

Brown and Wu tied in the heats in 53.87, and Brown’s time would’ve ranked her 12th had it been done about two hours earlier.

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Oceanian
1 month ago

Well, here we go again. GL to all swimmers in doing their absolute best.

Jackman
1 month ago

USA: Sim, Madden, McLaughlin, Forde
Australia: O’Callaghan, Harris, Throssel, Cook
Canada: Savard, Smith, Harvey, Pickrem

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

no neale? if true, she’s going straight to finals since the 4×200 is her only event. big trouble for aus. ocallaghan and harris are more reliable, should be replaced throssell with neale in the heat

Last edited 1 month ago by Old Man Chalmers
Jackman
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

True that’s a little scary and unexpected – maybe she is sick?

Oceanian
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Don’t Australia HAVE to swim her if it’s her only event? Let’s hope she’s sick and has a med cart.

ice
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

No idea why they even attempted to swim Throssell, other than to give as many swimmers the medal as possible. She still has the 200 Fly final, and Neale is well…………..a question mark. Why not swim her in the heats and let her prove herself for the finals?

Oceanian
Reply to  ice
1 month ago

Even Neale swimming a 2-03 probably wouldn’t have stopped us getting to the final.

ice
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Imagine her now doing the 2:03 in the finals instead………..

Oceanian
Reply to  ice
1 month ago

*shudders* Oh God. I wasn’t gonna drink tonight, but now I need to… badly..

Old Man Chalmers
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

yes, aus qualified in 1st in 2019 with a 1:59, 1:58 1:56 1:56 then took the 1:56s to the final. 1:58 was neale btw

commonwombat
Reply to  ice
1 month ago

Unless Neale IS sick, and thus got a “pass” from the official doctor; one can only think that the AUS team coaches have gone on a pub crawl after the morning session. That’s the only justification for not getting the perennial underperformer out of the way in this heat.

Hell knows; she just might actually perform under pressure come finals time. I hope it happens …… just not counting on it.

Boomer
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

Bit of a head scratcher. Would definitely feel safer with any of the four heat swimmers in the final than Neale.

Last edited 1 month ago by Boomer
ice
Reply to  Boomer
1 month ago

Let’s hope the coaches know what they are doing though. To their credit, AUS coaches have not yet made any bone headed decisions for the relays, they dropped underperforming ones immediately. Maybe they know what they are doing

MissM
Reply to  Old Man Chalmers
1 month ago

Maybe Neale in the heats of the 4×100 women’s medley? We should easily qualify for the final with our B team: Seebohm, Hansen, Throssel, Neale?

CanuckSwimFan
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Pickrem for Canada? That is odd. She withdrew from 200 breaststroke.. i get they are resting Penny , summer and possibly Ruck .just hope they have enough to get through Although Unclear if Ruck is close to being on form. She missed 100 back finals.

Bill G
Reply to  CanuckSwimFan
1 month ago

Can’t see Ruck passing right to finals. She was 2:01 at trials. I’m guessing that Plan A was to swim Ruck in prelims and her form has led Canada to go with Plan B and have Pickrem come in. Sanchez can also come into finals … she has looked good here in the relay and 100m free prelims (qualifying 10th in 53.12).

Coach
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

I’m very surprised that Schmitt is not on the prelims relay. She has been off this week, and we may have 3 prelims swimmers outswim Schmitt’s semi final 200 time.

Swimfan
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Schmitt swam 1:56.8 in the semis still under 157. Sims lead off yes!!!! 1:56mid/low hopefully

SwimPim
Reply to  Coach
1 month ago

Schmitt doesnt have to swim the relay. Maybe they are going to see how top 3 prelims stack up against Schmitt’s times from the past 2 days

Last edited 1 month ago by SwimPim
Oceanian
1 month ago

4×200 squads:

USA Sims Madden McLaughlin Forde
CHN Tang Zhang Dong Li

AUS O’Callaghan Harris Throssell Cook
CAN Savard Smith Harvey Pickram

Last edited 1 month ago by Oceanian
Robbos
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

That means changing whole team for final. Why not let them compete?

Jackman
Reply to  Robbos
1 month ago

For whom?

BairnOwl
Reply to  Jackman
1 month ago

Australia.

Troyy
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

Well at least O’Callaghan can lead off so she can set a time. I was hoping she’d end up in the final tbh.

I could see Neale and Wilson dropping stinkers in the final given Neale’s history and Wilson getting slower with each swim.

Last edited 1 month ago by Troyy
Joel
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

very worried. Not happy. Really wanted Wilson, Neale , Harris and O’Callaghan to determine who to put through. I’m not happy at all.

BairnOwl
Reply to  Joel
1 month ago

Agreed. I guess they want to try to give more people medals. :/

Tyson
Reply to  BairnOwl
1 month ago

They could be costing themselves the gold by doing that O’Callaghan had a freaking insane leadoff and would have fit great into the line up with Wilson, McKeon and Titmus. I can’t believe they left Neale off the heats. Hopefully they put her in the medley heat so they don’t cost us this gold

Wahooswimfan
Reply to  Tyson
1 month ago

Aussies will win easily, I’m just hoping for a US silver

SNygans01
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

To save me spending time searching through old meet results on-line, can someone please post a brief list of Neale’s relay ‘lowlights’? This issue is referred to frequently here, and I just want a quick tute on the history.
Anyway, I also don’t get why she would get a free pass through to the final (IF that is what is happening).
Also, Wilson is becoming a concern – while her finish in the 100/200 has been a strength of late, these have been her last 50m times in the 200 here:
Heat = 29.20
Semi = 29.65
Final = 30.23

Tyson
Reply to  SNygans01
1 month ago

Neale was a 1:56.08 at trials but even with that I’d still of put her in the heats over Throssel to save Throssel for the 200 fly that way they could of taken their best swimmer to join Wilson, McKeon and Titmus

zainol
Reply to  SNygans01
1 month ago

dear oz swimming olympic coach, list of swimmer in 4x200fs women final should be
molly, mag harris, emma mc keon and titmus
dont ever put titmus in first leg
dont put leah neale and madi wilson final otherwise will be trouble
molly and mag harris are strong enough for final.

BairnOwl
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

This makes me worried, but even with two stinkers, Australia should still take the gold, right?

ice
1 month ago

Oh gosh, Leah Neale is going to be in the AUS finals line up, isnt she? She’s missing from the heats. Pls let her do a good swim for once. AUS likely to do a 100% swop of its heats line up

Thomas Selig
Reply to  ice
1 month ago

don’t really get resting Neale: isn’t this her only event? Throssell has 200 fly final and medley relay(s) heats to come still too…

BairnOwl
Reply to  Thomas Selig
1 month ago

Yeah, this is Neale’s only event. I also don’t understand why they would rest her. At least give her a heats swim to make sure she’s in form…

Tyson
Reply to  ice
1 month ago

Let’s help Neale can at least go a 1:57

zainol
Reply to  ice
1 month ago

no leah neale and madi at all, moly and harris are best candidate

Verram
1 month ago

Didn’t Sarah sjostrom already break the Olympic record in the women’s 100 free by swimming lead off in that 4×100 free relay ?

GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

MA 1:53.2 incoming.

Ol' Longhorn
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Transferred the pipe dream from the Dressel fill-in-the-blank absurd prediction to MA.

Wahooswimfan
Reply to  GATOR CHOMP 🐊
1 month ago

Only if he has been training with Grey Troy for past 4 weeks

Peter
1 month ago

MAYBE they’re putting Neale on the anchor of the MMR???

Troyy
Reply to  Peter
1 month ago

Why would they do that?

Pacheco
Reply to  Troyy
1 month ago

I think it’s more of a hope because she shouldn’t be in the final without swimming the prelim given this is her only event

Oceanian
1 month ago

“Invention is the necessity of…. ummm… whatever it is”

lmao – James starts off a bit rocky on the international feed..

Yup
Reply to  Oceanian
1 month ago

he’s been rocky all week

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