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2020 TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPIC GAMES

Day 6 Prelims Recap

Early this morning in the U.S. but later in the evening in Tokyo was the sixth preliminaries session of the Tokyo 2020, featuring the heats of the women’s 800 free, men’s 100 fly, women’s 200 back, and mixed 400 medley relay.

Highlighting the session was American Caeleb Dressel out of the 100 fly, who stormed to the top of the semifinals seeds with a time of 50.39, tying the Olympic record.

Shortly before that, American teammates Katie Ledecky and Katie Grimes finished 1-2 in their 800 free prelims heat to advance onto the Olympic final. 15-year-old Grimes swam her first sub-8:20 effort in the making, becoming the No. 2 U.S. 15-16 performer all-time and No. 4 U.S. performer in history.

Into the women’s 200 back, U.S. representatives Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon also finished 1-2 in their prelims heat to advance onto the semifinals, with White seeded in second and Bacon in fourth.

WOMEN’S 800 FREESTYLE – PRELIMS

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Katie Ledecky (USA) – 8:15.67
  2. Katie Grimes (USA) – 8:17.05
  3. Simona Quadarella (ITA) – 8:17.32
  4. Sarah Kohler (GER) – 8:17.33
  5. Anastasiia Kirpichnikova (ROC) – 8:18.77
  6. Ariarne Titmus (AUS) – 8:18.99
  7. Kiah Melverton (AUS) – 8:20.45
  8. Wang Jianjiahe (CHN) – 8:20.58

Video N/A on YouTube, however, race highlights are on NBCOlympics.com here.

MEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 49.50 (2019)
  • Olympic Record: Joseph Schooling (SGP) – 50.39 (2016)
  • World Junior Record: Kristof Milak (HUN) – 50.62 (2017)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Joseph Schooling (SGP) – 50.39
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Men’s 100 butterfly

Top 16 Qualifiers:

  1. Caeleb Dressel (USA) – 50.39 OR
  2. Kristof Milak (HUN) – 50.62
  3. Jakub Majerski (POL) – 50.97
  4. Andrei Minakov (ROC) – 51.00
  5. Noe Ponti (SUI) – 51.24
  6. Josif Miladiniov (BUL) – 51.28
  7. Luis Carlos Martinez (GUA) – 51.29
  8. Matthew Temple (AUS) – 51.39
  9. Joshua Liendo (CAN) – 51.52
  10. Mehdy Metella (FRA) – 51.53
  11. Nyls Korstanje (NED) – 51.54
  12. Naoki Mizunuma (JPN) / Tom Shields (USA) – 51.57
  13. Szebasztian Szabo (HUN) / Youssef Ramadan (EGY) – 51.67
  14. Sun Jiajun (CHN) – 51.74

WOMEN’S 200 BACKSTROKE – PRELIMS

  • World Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 2:03.35 (2019)
  • Olympic Record: Missy Franklin (USA) – 2:04.06 (2012)
  • World Junior Record: Regan Smith (USA) – 2:03.35 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: Maya DiRado (USA) – 2:05.99
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Women’s 200 backstroke

Top 16 Qualifiers:

  1. Kaylee McKeown (AUS) – 2:08.18
  2. Rhyan White (USA) / Kylie Masse (CAN) – 2:08.23
  3. Phoebe Bacon (USA) – 2:08.30
  4. Liu Yaxin (CHN) – 2:08.36
  5. Taylor Ruck (CAN) – 2:08.87
  6. Peng Xuwei (CHN) – 2:09.03
  7. Emily Seebohm (AUS) / Katalin Burian (HUN) – 2:09.10
  8. Lena Grabowski (AUT) – 2:09.77
  9. Tatiana Salcutan (MDA) – 2:09.98
  10. Margherita Panzier (ITA) – 2:10.26
  11. Laura Bernat (POL) – 2:10.37
  12. Africa Zamorano Sanz (ESP) – 2:10.72
  13. Aviv Barzelay (ISR) – 2:11.13
  14. Sharon van Rouwendaal (NED) – 2:11.24

MIXED 4×100 MEDLEY RELAY – PRELIMS

  • World Record: China (Xu, Yan, Zhang, Yang) – 3:38.41 (2020)
  • Olympic Record: N/A
  • World Junior Record: USA (Grant, Matheny, Huske, Walsh) – 3:44.84 (2019)
  • 2016 Olympic Champion: N/A
  • SwimSwam Event Preview – Mixed 4×100 medley relay

Top 8 Qualifiers:

  1. Great Britain – 3:38.75 ER
  2. USA – 3:41.02
  3. China – 3:42.29
  4. Australia – 3:42.35
  5. Italy – 3:42.65
  6. Netherlands – 3:43.25
  7. ROC – 3:43.73
  8. Israel – 3:43.94

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Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Dressel just taunting Joseph with tying the Olympic record in the prelims. Took it out easy, coasted into the wall at the 50m and cruised home.

Streamliner69
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Rumor has it Schooling got PISSED after Dressels swim and went a 50.38 in the warm up pool right after

Bob
Reply to  Irish Ringer
1 month ago

Hi

mhm
1 month ago

looked like dressel only tried on the 3rd 25m

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