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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The Tokyo 2020 Olympics have officially come to an end (for pool swimming). Last night was an electric last finals session at the Tokyo Aquatic center, with the finals of the men’s and women’s 50 free, men’s 1500 free, and women’s and men’s 400 medley relay lighting up the natatorium. Didn’t have time to check what happened yet? Read below for the biggest day 8 swimming headlines you’ll want to catch up on.
Dressel, Manaudou, Fratus Go Legendary 1-2-3 50 Free Olympic Finish
American Caeleb Dressel sealed his third Olympic title in Tokyo by winning the 50 free final by a ridiculous 0.48s margin, the widest winning margin since the event’s Olympic debut in Seoul 1988. Dressel set yet another Olympic record, swimming in at 21.07.
London 2012 Olympic champion and Rio 2016 Olympic runner-up Florent Manaudou of France remained the vice Olympic champion in the 50 free while Bruno Fratus earned his first Olympic medal, a bronze, at 32 years old. American Michael Andrew narrowly took fourth place by three one-hundredths.
McKeon Takes 50 Free OR, Sjostrom Valiantly Earns Silver, Blume Stays on Podium
Aussie Emma McKeon swept the women’s sprint free events in Tokyo by winning the 50 free final in an Olympic record of 23.81. Joining her on the podium for the Olympic silver was Swede Sarah Sjostrom, earning her first and only Olympic medal of Tokyo 2020 following an elbow injury.
The defending Olympic champion, Denmark’s Pernille Blume, remained on the 50 free podium by snagging Olympic bronze. London 2012 Olympic champion, Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands, finished in fourth place by nine one-hundredths.
American Finke Runs Down European Veterans For 1500 Free Gold
After a quartet of men paced off one another during the majority of the men’s 1500 free final, American Bobby Finke quickly accelerated from 1.63 m/s pace to a 1.76 m/s sprint to run down podium finishers Mykhailo Romanchuk of Ukraine and Florian Wellbrock of Germany.
This not only marked Finke’s second Olympic gold medal, following the first-ever men’s 800 free Olympic final, but also marked the first U.S. men’s Olympic title in this event since Los Angeles 1984.
Australian Women Edge Out American Women for 400 Medley Relay OR
It was a stellar women’s 400 medley relay Olympic final, with the Australian quartet of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, and Cate Campbell edging out the American relay by nine one-hundredths for the Olympic title and Olympic record at 3:51.60. This gold medal marked McKeon’s 7th medal of these Olympics, the most ever won by a woman in a single Olympics.
The US women settled for the close silver at 3:51.73. Canada took Olympic bronze at 3:52.60, aiding Penny Oleksiak‘s 7th Olympic medal to her collection and making her the most decorated Canadian in Olympic history.
American Men Break Super-Suited 400 Medley Relay World Record
Out of lane one, the US men’s 400 medley relay of Ryan Murphy, Michael Andrew, Caeleb Dressel, and Zach Apple dominated the super-suited 2009 world record at 3:26.78, keeping the U.S. men’s medley relay winning streak alive.
Taking Olympic silver was Great Britain, setting a new European record at 3:27.51. Italy placed third with a sub-3:30 national record swim of 3:29.17.
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
- Day 6 Headlines: Schoenmaker Breaks 200 BR WR, Rylov De-Thrones Murphy Again, McKeon and Shun Win Gold
- Day 7 Headlines: Dressel Breaks 100 FL WR, Ledecky Three-Peats 800 FR, GBR Wins First Mixed Medley Relay