Present time in Tokyo: July 31, 10:47 a.m.
Right here comes Katie Ledecky, the world and Olympic report holder, within the 800-meter fresestyle. She set the mark on the 2016 Rio Video games. Ledecky is a nine-time Olympic medalist (6 golds, 3 silvers).
Kaylee McKeown of Australia received the 200-meter ladies’s backstroke in a time of two:04:68.
There was one thing lacking from this occasion: the world report holder, Regan Smith, who didn’t qualify as a result of she completed third on the U.S. trials. It’s indicative of American depth, on this occasion and throughout the game.
The 2 who beat her in June — Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon — had been in prime place to medal right here, swimming on both facet of 29-year-old Emily Seebohm of Australia, who had the quickest qualifying time. She had beforehand completed fifth within the 100 again.
(As for Smith, she completed her schedule, leaving Tokyo with a silver medal and a bronze medal.)
White, 21, earlier had completed fourth within the 100 again. The 200 again was the lone occasion for Bacon, 18.
It’s the primary world report in a males’s swimming particular person occasion on the Tokyo Video games
Caeleb Dressel of the US received his third gold medal of those Olympics, setting a world report within the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 49.45
Dressel already held the world report (49.5, in 2019) and the Olympic report (49.71, Friday), and he got here to the ultimate as the favourite. Nobody else within the subject went under 50 seconds of their preliminary heats.
Kristof Milak of Hungary, the gold medalist within the 200 fly, swam to Dressel’s left, and Dressel suspected that’s the place his closest competitors could be. The 2 of them, and Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, had been the one ones to swim sub-50 seconds on this occasion’s historical past.
Inside an hour of swimming the 100 fly, he’ll compete in a semifinal warmth of the 50 free. That last is Sunday morning in Tokyo (Saturday evening Japanese time).
Dressel’s household and mates are at a watch celebration on the Common Orlando Resort.
Katie Ledecky holds the Olympic and world report within the 800-meter freestyle, established on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Again then, she swam it in a blistering 8:04.79, successful by almost 12 seconds. It was the final of her 4 gold medals, to go together with one silver.
However it is a totally different Ledecky and a unique time. She stays the slight favourite, and her qualifying time of 8:15.67 would have nonetheless received in Brazil 5 years in the past. However she is unlikely to swim away from the competitors this time. Her greatest problem could come from the teammate subsequent to her, 15-year-old Katie Grimes.
Something apart from a Ledecky win could be an upset. She has not misplaced a significant last on this occasion since she emerged as a 15-year-old. She owns 24 of the 25 quickest instances in historical past. If she goes beneath 8:14.10, she could have all 25.
No matter rivalry that Ledecky has with Australia’s Ariarne Titmus can be highlighted right here. Titmus’s two gold medals got here by beating Ledecky in two different particular person occasions right here, the 200 free (the place Ledecky was fifth) and the 400 free (Ledecky earned silver, lacking gold by 0.67 seconds).
The longer the space, although, the extra it favors Ledecky. Titmus will swim in Lane 7, and could have loads of others to struggle to get to the medal stand.
There’s something lacking from the 200-meter backstroke last: the world-record holder, Regan Smith, who didn’t qualify as a result of she completed third on the U.S. trials. It’s indicative of American depth, on this occasion and throughout the game.
The 2 athletes who beat her in June — Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon — are in place to medal right here. However the pool can be stuffed with swimmers who really feel the identical manner, throughout each lane.
Count on a good end. The quickest qualifying time, barely, went to Emily Seebohm of Australia. She can be sandwiched by White and Bacon, two of the 4 swimmers whose qualifying instances had been inside a second of Seebohm. The opposite girl to look at is Australia’s Kaylee McKeown, who received the 100 fly.
(As for Smith, she completed her schedule, leaving Tokyo with a silver medal and a bronze medal.)
Caeleb Dressel might win his third gold medal of those Olympics. He holds the world report (49.5, in 2019) and the Olympic report (49.71, Friday) within the 100-meter butterfly, and nobody else within the subject went under 50 seconds of their heats.
However Kristof Milak of Hungary, the gold medalist within the 200 fly, can be swimming to Dressel’s left. The 2 of them, and Michael Phelps and Milorad Cavic, are the one ones to swim sub-50 seconds on this occasion.
Dressel is the lads’s breakout star of swimming at these Olympics, and the exclamation factors might come on every weekend day. Inside an hour of swimming the 100 fly, he’ll compete in a semifinal warmth of the 50 free. That last is Sunday morning, Tokyo time (Saturday evening within the U.S.).
Dressel began swimming when he was 5, after his dad and mom enrolled him in swim classes — a choice he didn’t agree with at first, he mentioned in a video interview on U.S.A. Swimming’s YouTube web page.
However Dressel, who’s from Inexperienced Cove Springs, Fla., ultimately grew to become laser-focused on swimming. By his mom’s telling, Dressel’s first “competitors” got here when he jumped within the pool throughout certainly one of his siblings’ swim meets, raced his technique to the opposite finish and claimed, “I received a medal, I received a medal!”
It was the primary unofficial accomplishment in his booming profession: Dressel, who swam for the College of Florida, went on to brush up 15 medals at world championships and set world and U.S. data.
On the 2019 FINA World Championship Video games, Dressel broke his first long-course world report within the 100-meter butterfly, posting a time of 49.50 and shattering the earlier report of 49.82 set by Michael Phelps.
Dressel made his Olympic debut on the 2016 Video games in Rio de Janeiro, the place he and his crew received gold within the males’s 4×100 freestyle and within the 4×100 medley relays.
“As quickly as I get behind these blocks, I lastly get to do what I used to be skilled to do,” Dressel mentioned in a U.S.A. Swimming video from 2016. “I lastly get to be me.”
The Tokyo Aquatics Middle was newly constructed for the Olympics, like many of the venues for these Summer season Video games. The swimming pool will host nationwide and worldwide meets, Japanese officers say, as soon as the Olympics are over. Right here’s what it is advisable know:
What number of lanes are there?
The middle features a 10-lane important pool, a coaching pool and a diving pool. For races, solely the within eight lanes are utilized. All of the swimming, diving and creative swimming occasions are held there. Subsequent month, it’s going to host the Paralympic swimming competitions.
What’s the dimension of the pool?
The primary pool is 50 meters (164 toes) lengthy and 25 meters (82 toes) extensive. And it’s 3 meters deep, or about 9.8 toes. The primary pool and the warm-up pool even have movable flooring and partitions and have adapting depth choices.
How heat is the water?
The temperature is stored between 25 and 28 levels Celsius, which is between 77 and 82.4 levels Fahrenheit.
Is there a lifeguard on the pool?
Sure, lifeguards preserve shut watch on the swimmers, who might require support from accidents and cramps. They’re additionally available for different contests: Water polo video games are very bodily; creative swimming has seen many concussions previously; and divers are launching themselves from towering heights.
Why do air horns go off through the races?
Air horns are often used to remind swimmers that they’re on their last lap.
TOKYO — Swimming at the moment (Saturday morning in Tokyo, Friday evening within the U.S.) presents the second-to-last day of the competitors, the final race for Katie Ledecky and one other probability for Caeleb Dressel to win gold.
America has 24 medals, 10 greater than another nation. (That may be Australia, with 14, adopted by Britain, with six.) If there may be disappointment amongst Individuals, it’s that they’re displaying depth greater than dominance. Solely — solely being relative — six of the 24 medals are gold.
The session could have 4 finals, together with three in a row to start out: males’s 100-meter butterfly, ladies’s 200 backstroke and girls’s 800 freestyle. That’s the one which Ledecky will swim, trying so as to add to her Tokyo haul of a gold medal and two silvers. She is closely favored to win gold right here, however Ariarne Titmus of Australia has been a menace in different races.
Dressel might win his third gold medal of those Olympics. He holds the world report (49.5, in 2019) and the Olympic report (49.71, Friday), and nobody else within the subject went under 50 seconds of their heats.
And two Individuals might enhance the medal haul within the ladies’s 200 backstroke. The most important query is what coloration the medals can be.
The ultimate occasion is the blended 4×100 medley, the primary mixed-gender swimming race on the Olympics.
On Friday, American Ryan Murphy added additional intrigue to the ultimate days of the meet by mentioning the “d” phrase (doping) after ending second to a Russian in a single race and two Russians in one other. Russian athletes are allowed to compete in the event that they meet antidoping protocols laid out by meet organizers.
“I strive to not get caught up in that,” he mentioned, with out straight accusing the winners of dishonest. “It’s a big psychological drain on me to go all year long realizing that I’m in a race that in all probability isn’t clear.”
The Russian Olympic Committee (going by ROC at these Video games) responded on Twitter as if swimming had entered a chilly conflict within the water.
“How unnerving our victories are for a few of our colleagues,” it mentioned, in Russian. “Sure, we’re right here on the Olympics, whether or not somebody likes it or not.”
It confirmed pictures of three athletes who’ve overtly, however not harshly, questioned Russia’s presence right here — Murphy, British swimmer Luke Dollar, and American rower Megan Kalmoe — and known as it “English-language propaganda” from “athletes offended by defeats.”
TOKYO — American dominance within the Olympic pool is an outdated story at this level, a snowball ceaselessly rolling downhill, even when the pitch of the slope varies barely from yr to yr.
America crew’s grinding success continued Friday, with American swimmers including two silvers and a bronze to their rising haul on the Tokyo Video games. The medals widened the U.S. benefit on its rivals within the pool however fell wanting the golds they covet most of all, a improvement that had one American claiming his race was tainted by doping.
Ryan Murphy received a silver within the males’s 200-meter backstroke after which induced some fireworks in his information convention when he questioned whether or not his race, received by a Russian, was drug-free, given Russia’s historical past of doping in sports activities.
“I don’t know if it was one hundred pc clear,” Murphy mentioned, “and that’s due to issues which have occurred previously.”
Earlier, Lilly King and Annie Lazor earned silver and bronze within the ladies’s 200-meter breaststroke, overwhelmed to the wall by a South African, Tatjana Schoenmaker, who set a world report within the occasion after which burst into tears.
Individuals now have captured 24 swimming medals general heading into the ultimate two days of competitors, in contrast with 14 for his or her greatest rival, swimming-mad Australia. America probably won’t match its high-water mark of 2016, when the crew received 34 medals, 16 of them gold, nevertheless it ought to get inside spitting distance of that complete.
Extra gold medals are up for grabs at the moment, within the 100-meter males’s butterfly (Caelab Dressel of the U.S. is favored), the ladies’s 200-meter backstroke (two Individuals had been the highest qualifiers), the ladies’s 800-meter freestyle (can Katie Ledecky of the U.S. declare one other distance gold?) and the 4×100-meter blended gender medley relay (first time for this even within the Olympics).
The Australians might have a robust evening, too, with Ariarne Titmus anticipated to problem Ledecky within the 800-meter freestyle.
Swimming protection begins at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.
The scheduled instances of the medal occasions are:
9:30 p.m. Japanese time: 100-meter males’s butterfly
9:37 p.m.: 200-meter ladies’s backstroke
9:46 p.m.: 800-meter ladies’s freestyle
10:43 p.m.: 4×100 blended medley relay
NBC’s protection will also be streamed on NBCOlympics.com and on its Peacock service.