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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MEN’S 400 MEDLEY RELAY
The Australian women capped off their Tokyo tour with one final gold medal performance in the 4×100 medley relay. The contingent of Kaylee McKeown, Chelsea Hodges, Emma McKeon, and Cate Campbell produced a new Olympic record in the event of 3:51.60. That was enough to out-touch the Americans who came in with a 3:51.73 for silver and the Canadians who has a 3:52.60 for bronze.
Canada got off to a quick start as Kylie Masse hit a 57.90 in the prelims, making her the only sub-58 woman in the field. That time for Masse was her second-fastest time in history behind her 57.70 Canadian record from Olympic Trials and the 57.72 she posted to take Olympic silver. The leading trio was rounded out by Kaylee McKeown and Regan Smith who swam a 58.01 and 58.05, respectively. Both have been roughly a half-second faster and hold PBs of 57.45 and 57.57, respectively.
Smith left a wide margin between herself and 4th fastest backstroker Peng Xuwei of China. That swim for Xuwei was her quickest swim of the meet, improving upon the 59.78 she swam in the heats and the 59.98 she swam in semis for 12th place overall.
100 Backstroke Splits
Lydia Jacoby was a touch faster here than the 1:05.09 she swam without goggles during the mixed medley relay earlier on in Tokyo. Her 1:05.03 was notably slower, however than the 1:04.95 she produced to win Olympic gold. The big performer here, however, was Australia’s Chelsea Hodges who threw down a 1:05.57 split which was actually more than a second faster than both the 1:06.70 she swam in the prelims of the individual race and her 1:06.60 in semis. She beat 3 swimmers here who qualified for the individual final in Carraro, Chikunova, and Hansson.
This was Canada’s weakest leg and the only one that didn’t place within the top 2. Sydney Pickrem was a 1:07.17 here which was a bit slower than the 1:06.42 she hit during the 2019 World Championships medley relay. She was also slightly faster during the prelims of the event where she hit a 1:07.03.
100 Breaststroke Splits
The top 3 splits on the butterfly leg reflect the same order that these 3 women finished in the individual 100 fly. Maggie MacNeil and Zhang Yufei swam a 55.27 and 55.39 which was quicker than their respective finals times in the individual event of 55.59 and 55.64, while Emma McKeon‘s 55.91 was a bit slower than the 55.72 she produced for bronze in the 100 fly. This was the weak leg for the American team and the only one to not place top 3 as Torri Huske hit a 56.16 to trail her individual performance of 55.73 which got her 4th place in the 100 butterfly.
100 Butterfly Splits
|Elena di Liddo||Italy||56.96|
En route to her 4th Olympic gold medal, Cate Campbell anchored for the Australians and managed to lay down a 52.11 which would rank as her 3rd fastest time from a flat start in history while sitting a little bit above the 51.97 freestyle leg she contributed to Australia’s gold medal-winning swim in 2016.
Penny Oleksiak did what was needed for Canada with a 52.26 to get her hand on the wall for 3rd place, marking her 7th Olympic medal which makes her the most decorated Olympian in Canadian history. Abbey Weiteil was 3rd here with a 52.49 and while it was enough for Olympic silver, wasn’t quick enough to catch an on-fire Campbell. Sarah Sjostrom also got under 53 seconds with a 52.73 to get Sweden 5th overall in national record-time of 3:54.27.
100 freestyle Splits
In addition to their overall victory in the event, Australia also had the best aggregate reaction time of 0.49 seconds. The USA notably had the weakest showing in this field and produced a reaction time add-up which was more than double that of the Australians with a 1.09. They were 1 of 2 teams with an add-up of over 1 second as China’s team had a 1.05. Japan’s squad (0.64) were 2nd to the Australians reaction time-wise despite their 8th place finish in the heat, closely followed by Canada who had the 3rd quickest average turnovers at 0.66.
Reaction Time Aggregates