Tokyo Rapid-Fire: Day 4 Swimming Headlines


Day 4 Finals Recap

Didn’t have time to watch day four finals last night live or today before day five? Read below for the biggest swimming headlines from day four of Tokyo 2020.

Kolesnikov Aims for 2020 Gold, Dressel Looking for 1st OLY Title

After placing second in the men’s 100 back final by 0.02s, ROC’s Kliment Kolesnikov has a shot at getting an Olympic title in the men’s 100 free final with his top semifinals time of 47.11. Seeded second is the USA’s Caeleb Dressel, who will also be aiming for Olympic gold after winning his semifinal at 47.23.

Also qualifying are Italian speedster Alessandro Miressi and teenagers Korean Hwang Sunwoo (47.56) and Romanian David Popovici (47.72). The defending Olympic champion, Aussie Kyle Chalmers, will also swim in this final.

Titmus Goes 2-For-2 With 200 FR Olympic Win

20-year-old Aussie Ariarne Titmus earned her second Olympic title by taking down Hong Kong sensation Siobhan Haughey, Rio 2016 Olympic champion Penny Oleksiak, and the Olympic record. Haughey’s silver medal finish marked her nation’s first-ever Olympic swimming medal.

Defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of the USA finished in fifth.

Hungarian Milak Adds Olympic Champion to Resume

Despite an emergency suit swap minutes before the final, Hungarian Kristof Milak won the Olympic title in the men’s 200 fly with an Olympic record time, although not the time he wanted. Taking the silver medal on Japanese home soil was Tomoru Honda, swimming out of lane eight.

As Hungarian Tamas Kenderesi accelerated into the finish, it was enough to catch London 2012 event champion Chad le Clos of South Africa for fourth. However, talking Olympic bronze this year was Italy’s Federico Burdisso.

China’s Zhang Headlines Second Butterfly Olympic Final

The women’s 100 fly Olympic runner-up, China’s Zhang Yufei, will now headline her second butterfly Olympic final here in Tokyo with her top 200 fly semifinals time of 2:04.89. Also making it into the final are both Americans, Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith, along with another Chinese swimmer, Yu Liyan.

Defending world champion Boglarka Kapas of Hungary also qualified into the Olympic final.

Epic Men’s 200 BR Final Set For Day Five

Leading an incredibly stacked men’s 200 breast field into tonight’s final will be Aussie Zac Stubblety-Cook, with Brit James Wilby and Dutchman Arno Kamminga all filing in under the 2:07-barrier. Qualifying fourth into the final will be first-time Olympic Nic Fink of the USA, entering with a 2:08.00 swim.

The current world record-holder and reigning World champion Anton Chupkov of the ROC qualified seventh into the final.

Ohashi Takes Second IM Olympic Title in Home Nation

Japanese native Yui Ohashi aced another important Olympic final in Tokyo, winning her second title in the 200 IM in front of a home “crowd”. Ohashi’s win made her the seventh woman in a row to sweep the IM events at the Olympics.

American teammates Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh picked up silver and bronze for their nation while defending Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu of Hungary missed another medal, taking 7th.

Ledecky Becomes First-Ever Women’s 1500 FR Olympic Champion

In a historic final, Katie Ledecky became the first-ever women’s 1500 free Olympic champion, with her American teammate Erica Sullivan taking silver for a USA 1-2 finish. Taking the equally-historic first bronze medal in this event was German Sarah Kohler, wrecking her national record time to earn Germany its first pool swimming medal since Beijing 2008.

British Men Win 800 FR Relay Title in European Record-Fashion

The men’s 800 free relay final featured the British relay of Tom Dean, James Guy, Matthew Richards, and Duncan Scott win their nation’s first Olympic title in the event. The Brits combined for a new European record of 6:58.58, exactly 0.02s off the Olympic record and 0.03s off the world record.

Taking the silver medal was the Russian Olympic Committee while Australia settled for bronze by 0.03s. For the first time, the USA men did not medal in the event with their fourth-place finish.

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Nick Pecoraro started swimming at age 11, instantly becoming drawn to the sport. He was a breaststroker and IMer when competing. After joining SwimSwam, the site has become an outlet for him to research and learn about competitive swimming and experience the sport through a new lenses. He graduated in …

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