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)
- Full aquatics schedule
- SwimSwam Event Previews
- Entry Lists – all events
- Start Lists & Results
As we did with the entry lists for the men’s events prior, we have converted the women’s entries for Tokyo 2020 into a set of presumptive psych sheets for the Olympics Games.
The only differences between these psych sheets and the entry lists that we had access to last week are the withdrawal by Kaylee McKeown from the 200 IM and Mariama Toure from the women’s 100 breaststroke. McKeown has decided not to race the 200 IM despite her 2nd seed in the event to Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu. The decision to not swim the IM will allow McKeown to focus on the 100 and 200 backstrokes in which she is top seed.
Mariama Toure on the other hand was seeded in 46th in the women’s 100 breaststroke for Guinea but the country made a last-minute decision not to send their athletes to the Olympics due to COVID-19 concerns.
The women’s 50 freestyle holds the highest number of entries of any event, men’s or women’s, at 82. The event will be an absolute bloodbath and swimmers will need to bring their A-game from the very beginning if they want to advance past the first round.
As we’ve previously reported, the women’s 200 butterfly is the least populated event and has only 17 entrants at this point. That means that the only requirement to qualify for semi-finals is not getting disqualified in the prelims and not coming in absolute last place. Further, it has been speculated that Katinka Hosszu could drop the event at the last moment to focus on her signature IM events, leaving the event with only 16 swimmers.
|EVENT||# OF ENTRIES|
|200 individual medley||27|
|400 individual medley||19|
Australia leads the way in terms of individual top seeds at the Games and holds 5 overall courtesy of Cate Campbell, Ariarne Titmus, and Kaylee McKeown. Campbell is the top seed in the 100 freestyle with a 52.12 while Titmus has the 200 and 400 free taken care of with her 1:53.09 and 3:56.90. Kaylee McKeown will bring the Aussie total up to 5 with her top times in the 100 backstroke and 200 backstroke which sit at a 57.45 world record and a 2:04.28, respectively.
The USA is next top seed-wise as distance legend Katie Ledecky will try to fend off the field in the 800 and 1500 freestyles. Ledecky has collected gold in the 800 at both of the last 2 Olympics and will be looking to add a third to her resume in Tokyo while also on the hunt for the first-ever Olympic gold in the women’s 1500 free. The only other top seed for the USA is world record holder Lilly King in the 100 breaststroke who, Like Ledecky, will be hoping to defend her 2016 title.
After the USA, China and Hungary each hold 2 top seeds thanks to Zhang Yufei in the 100/200 butterfly and defending Olympic champion Katinka Hosszu in the 200/400 IM, respectively. Rounding out the list, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom and South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker hold their respective country’s sole top seeds in the 50 free and 200 breast, respectively.
Number of Top Seeds by Country
Number of Top Seeds by Individual
|Ariarne Titmus (AUS)||2 (200 free, 400 free)|
|Katie Ledecky (USA)||2 (800 free, 1500 free)|
|Kaylee McKeown (AUS)||2 (100 back, 200 back)|
|Zhang Yufei (CHN)||2 (100 fly, 200 fly)|
|Katinka Hosszu (HUN)||2 (200 IM, 400 IM)|
|Lilly King (USA)||1 (100 breast)|
|Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA)||1 (200 breast)|
|Sarah Sjostrom (SWE)||1 (50 free)|
|Cate Campbell (AUS)||1 (100 free)|