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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It is Tuesday evening in Tokyo and the 4th prelims session of the 2020 Olympics will kick off with Caeleb Dressel‘s first individual event of the meet: the 100 freestyle.
He led off Team USA’s winning 4×100 free relay on day 2 but today will be his first solo swim. Dressel’s lifetime best time of 46.96 from the 2019 World Championships is just .05 off the World Record in this event, set by Cesar Cielo in 2009.
Dressel will have to answer to 2nd seed and defending Olympic Champion Kyle Chalmers of Australia, though, whose best time since Rio is a 47.08 also from 2019. Other contenders include Kliment Kolesnikov of the Russian Olympic Committee, who is fresh off his silver medal win in the 100 back earlier on Tuesday, and Italy’s Alessandro Miressi.
And keep an eye out for Romanian 16-year-old David Popovici who was the fastest man in the world in this event before Dressel’s relay lead-off split two days ago. Popovici crushed the World Junior Record with a 47.30 at the recent European Junior Championships.
If he makes it to the podium, Popovici would win Romania’s first Olympic medal since 2004.
There are only 17 entries in the women’s 200 fly, meaning nearly everyone will make it to semifinals so there is very little pressure on the top seeds to swim fast in this race.
The 3rd event of the session will be the men’s 200 breast, led by top seed Anton Chupkov of the Russian Olympic Committee. Chupkov set the World Record in this event at 2:06.12 during the 2019 World Championships and won bronze in this event at the Rio Olympics.
Besides Chupkov, it is a relatively new field that leads this event. Defending Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan will be racing but he hasn’t been at the top of the 200 breast field for a while now (his fastest time since Rio is a 2:08.16) and 2016 Olympic silver medalist Josh Prenot did not make the U.S. Olympic team.
The Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga and Japan’s Shoma Sato are some of the top contenders in this race alongside Australia’s duo of Zac Stubblety-Cook and Matthew Wilson. Kamminga won silver in the 100 breast final on day 2 while Stubblety-Cook is the fastest in the world this season with a time of 2:06.28 from June.
After Tom Dean and Duncan Scott won gold and bronze, respectively, in the 200 free final earlier on Tuesday, Great Britain is set up to be lethal in the men’s 4×200 free relay. The start lists for this event have not been made public yet, but Great Britain also has the likes of Matt Richards and James Guy on their side.
While Australia did not have any 200 free finalists, they won this event at the 2019 World Championships and are also one of the favorites in this event with Chalmers, Alexander Graham, and Mack Horton who were on the 2019 World Championships relay.
Detti won bronze in the 1500 free at the 2016 Olympics and Paltrinieri is the only swimmer to have broken 7:40.00 in the event. France’s David Aubry, who won bronze at the 2019 World Championships, will also be a strong competition to make the final alongside Norway’s Henrik Christiansen, who won silver at that same meet.
Watch out for Tunisian freestyle Ahmed Hafnaoui who won gold in the 400 free on day 1 out of lane 8 with a strong finish. His lifetime best time of 7:45.54 is fresh, from June, and he won the 400 with a lifetime best time of 3:43.46. 18-year-old Hafnaoui will be in heat 4 of the 800 free.