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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In the first men’s 200 IM Olympic final without 4-time champion Michael Phelps since Sydney 2000, it was China’s Wang Shun who took the Tokyo 2020 Olympic title with an Asian record swim of 1:55.00. Here’s a quick refresher on the top 8 final finish below:
Top 8 Results:
- GOLD: Wang Shun (CHN), 1:55.00
- SILVER: Duncan Scott (GBR), 1:55.28
- BRONZE: Jeremy Desplanches (SUI), 1:56.17
- Daiya Seto (JPN), 1:56.22
- Michael Andrew (USA), 1:57.31
- Kosuke Hagino (JPN), 1:57.40
- Laszlo Cseh (HUN), 1:57.68
- Lewis Clareburt (NZL), 1:57.70
Here’s a closer look at the entire men’s 200 IM field’s splits from the Olympic final:
During the Tokyo Olympic final, Michael Andrew had the fastest fly (24.21) and breast (32.11) splits of the entire field. Meanwhile, champion Wang Shun had the fastest back (29.00) split out of the field, where he touched first at the 100-mark, as well as the fastest free split. Wang (27.37), Scott (27.46), Desplanches (28.45), and Seto (28.58) bested Andrew (30.69) on the freestyle leg, all over-taking him by more than a second at the finish. Notably, Andrew had the slowest splits on both the back (30.30) and free (30.69) portions. The next-slowest free split came from 6th-place finisher Kosuke Hagino, who was able to put together a 29.13 finishing freestyle effort.
Since the prelims of the U.S. Olympic Trials, Michael Andrew adopted the bold strategy of taking out the first 150 as fast as he could and push the last 50 as best as he could. It worked relatively well in Omaha, as he lead all three rounds of the IM event before punching his Olympic ticket. Yet Andrew was unable to repeat his 1:55.26 in Tokyo, besting 1:56.40 out of prelims before swimming 1:57.31 in the final.
Looking at the split comparison chart, Andrew’s fly/back/free splits had slightly declined between the 2020 U.S. Trials semifinals, Tokyo prelims, and the Olympic final. In the final, Andrew’s free split of 30.69 was three-tenths slower than his 30.30 back split. At the back-to-breast turn, Wang momentarily had the slight advantage on the entire field thanks to his 29.00 back split, exactly 1.69s faster than Andrew’s closing 50 split. Andrew then re-gained the race advantage by out-splitting Wang on the breast leg by 1.74s, 32.11 to 33.85.
Notably, Wang split 27.37 on the final 50 free to upgrade his Olympic bronze from Rio 2016 to Olympic gold at 1:55.00. Andrew’s closing 50 effort was 30.69, exactly 3.32s from Wang’s split.
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MA – Tokyo Final