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
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- Entry Lists
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- Day 3 Prelims Heat Sheet
We’ve been treated to 5 sessions of swimming at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games thus far and there has been no shortage of exciting moments to keep us engaged. Aside from the obviously thrilling experience that is watching someone actually win an Olympic gold medal, we’ve assembled 5 of the most viral moments so far from the pool deck.
— Michael (@LazySwimCoach) July 26, 2021
We’ll start off with the least touching moment on our list. During the men’s 100 backstroke semi-finals, France’s Yohann Ndoye Brouard seems to have either miscounted his strokes into the wall or missed the flags altogether. The result was an unfortunate flip turn that left him roughly a body length behind the field. Ultimately, Ndoye Brouard was disqualified for his lapse, eliminating him from contention for his first Olympic final.
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 26, 2021
The second moment that we got to see was after the men’s 4×100 freestyle final when class act Caeleb Dressel quickly handed over his Olympic gold medal to teammate and prelims swimmer Brooks Curry who was left out of the final. He would have been given the hardware either way, but we sure are suckers for teammates supporting teammates!
— calum (@f1onfilm) July 26, 2021
It seems as though the whole world knew that Maggie MacNeil has touched first in the women’s 100 butterfly before she did. The Canadian Olympic champ swims without contact lenses or glasses, meaning that she often struggles to see the results of the scoreboard. Watch her find out what she had done here and see a supportive Sarah Sjostrom congratulate her competitor.
— SEN 1116 (@1116sen) July 26, 2021
Look. At. This.
— #Tokyo2020 (@JoySportsGH) July 25, 2021
One of the earliest jaw-dropping moments of the Games came in the men’s 400 freestyle when Tunisian teen Ahmed Hafnaoui took gold from lane 8 with a 3:43.36. What was even more exciting than the incredible outside smoking was the footage of his friends and family watching from home in Tunisia.