Tokyo Rapid-Fire: Day 6 Swimming Headlines


Day 6 Finals Recap

Last night, Caeleb Dressel and Emma McKeon set Olympic records while Tatjana Schoenmaker set the first individual world record of these Games. Read on for more of the biggest day 6 swimming headlines from the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Dressel Hits Sub-50 Fly Olympic Record in Semifinals

In the first semi-final, newly-minted Olympic champion Kristof Milak of Hungary broke his second Olympic record, this time in the 100 fly at 50.31. Touching out ROC’s Andrei Minakov for second in the heat by 0.05s was Bulgaria’s Josif Miladinov, 51.06 to 51.11.

In the second semi-final, another newly-crowned Olympic champ, Caeleb Dressel of the USA, swam the first-ever sub-50 Olympic record time of 49.71. A reminder that Dressel’s World record sits at 49.50 from the 2019 World Championships. Swiss Noe Ponti broke 51 seconds for the first time at 50.67 for a national record.

Schoenmaker Makes History in Women’s 200 Breast Final

South African Tatjana Schoenmaker became the first South African woman to win an Olympic title since Atlanta 1996, breaking the World record at 2:18.95.

USA’s Lilly King broke 2:20 for the first time to add Olympic silver to her collection while teammate Annie Lazor joined for a US 2-3 finish.

Rylov Goes 2-for-2 Backstroke Wins In Tokyo, De-Thrones Murphy Again

ROC’s Evgeny Rylov toppled USA’s Ryan Murphy, the defending Olympic champion, yet again in a backstroke event, this time the 200 back. Murphy settled for the silver while Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank took the nation’s first-ever medal, a bronze, in this event.

McKeon Seals Olympic Gold in 100 FR, Campbell Gets Bronze for AUS 1-3 Finish

Emma McKeon upgraded her Olympic bronze from the 100 fly to gold in the 100 free, breaking 52 seconds with an Olympic record of 51.96. Her Aussie teammate, Cate Campbell, would take the bronze for an Aussie 1-3 finish.

Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey took Olympic silver again to add the second-ever swimming medal to her nation.

Shun Wins Men’s 200 IM Gold with Asian Record, Upgrades from 2016 Bronze

China’s Wang Shun topped the men’s 200 IM with a new Asian record time of 1:55.00, making him the No. 3 performer all-time. In Rio 2016, Wang took Olympic bronze.

Great Britain’s Duncan Scott earned his second Olympic silver medal here in Tokyo while Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches took Olympic bronze.

USA’s Michael Andrew missed the podium at fifth place after leading at the 50- and 150-marks.

Women’s 200 BK Semis Produces All AUS, USA, CAN, CHN Finalists

It took sub-2:10 to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 women’s 200 back final, with both representatives from Australia, the USA, Canada, and China slated to compete for Olympic medals. Leading the way are top semifinals swimmer Emily Seebohm and 100 back Olympic champion Kaylee McKeown, both of Australia. Both U.S. swimmers, Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon, have also qualified into the 200 back final.

Also making it in are Canadian Olympic medalists Kylie Masse and Taylor Ruck as well as both Chinese swimmers, Liu Yaxin and Peng Xuwei.

Catch up on more of the biggest Tokyo 2020 swimming headlines:

  • Day 1 Headlines: Hafnoui Stuns for Gold, AUS Women Smash 400 FR-R WR, US Men Go 1-2 in 400 IM
  • Day 2 Headlines: MacNeil De-Thrones Sjostrom, Titmus De-Thrones Ledecky, US Men Defend 400 FR-R Title
  • Day 3 Headlines: Dean/Scott Go 1-2 for GBR, Rylov Snaps U.S. Back Winning Streak, Jacoby De-Thrones King
  • Day 4 Headlines: Milak Now Olympic Champion, Ledecky Wins 1500 FR Title, British Men Win 800 FR-R Title
  • Day 5 Headlines: Finke First-Ever Men’s 800 FR Champion, Zhang Hits 200 FL OR, CHN Women Break 800 FR-R WR

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Nick Pecoraro

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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