04/03/2024
The Australian Women's 4x200m Realy Team celebrate after a dominant performance in the heats.

Feature Image: The Australian Women's 4x200m Realy Team celebrate after a dominant performance in the heats. Photo: Australian Olympic Team - Twitter

Day 5 in the pool was highlighted by Australian dominance from start to finish, there were great stories, thrilling moments and close calls

Day Five of the swimming saw more Australian records broken, another gold medal and swimmers qualifying for Finals and Semi-Finals. For all your Tokyo 2020 coverage, stay tuned to The Inner Sanctum’s Olympic hub and the Olympics Central.

100 Reasons to Watch Men’s Freestyle

We won’t actually recap all 100 reasons to watch the Men’s 100m Freestyle. Kyle Chalmers and Caeleb Dressel breezed through the semifinals to qualify for the final, despite barely getting out of second gear. The warning shot was fired by Kliment Kolesnikov, who at just 21 years of age, is the fastest qualifier for the final of the blue-riband event.

Dressel was the pre-Games favourite, after a dominant few years, but Chalmers reset expectations with his effort in the 4x100m Freestyle relay earlier in the Games, with a blistering anchor leg.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Kliment Kolesnikov  (ROC)47.11
Caeleb Dressel  (USA)47.23
Alessandro  Miressi  (ITA)47.52
Sunwoo  Hwang  (KOR)47.56
David  Popovici  (ROU)47.72
Kyle  Chalmers (AUS)47.80
Nandor  Nemeth (HUN)47.81
 Maxime Grousset (FRA)47.82

Titmus in July

Ariarne Titmus backed up her win in the 400m Freestyle with a repeat in the 200m Freestyle. After holding close to the front, Titmus reached the final turn half a body length behind.

The now-legendary turn of pace at the end of the sprint was on show, and she mowed down the leaders to win without a doubt. Titmus is one of just three Australian swimmers to complete the 200m/400m double at one Olympics (Shane Gould and Ian Thorpe) and has already written her place in history, with events to go.

In a change that set Twitter alight, Titmus’ coach Dean Boxall was more reserved in his celebration this time.

SwimmerMedal
Ariarne Titmus (AUS)Gold
Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (HKG)Silver
Penny Oleksiak (CAN)Bronze

Milak undaunted by Phelp’s shaddow, decimating his record

Kristof Milak won gold with a strong performance in the 200m Butterfly. He blew his competition out of the water winning by 2.48 seconds setting a new Olympic record, Milak already holds the World record and was sell than half a second away from breaking that record too with a time of 1:51.25.

Securing the silver and yet another medal in the pool for Japan was Tomoru Honda finishing at 153.73. Judging by the reactions you would have thought Honda was the gold medallist the teenager unable to wipe the smile off his face from the moment he finished to standing on the medal podium.

Italy’s Federico Burdisso finished in third, 0.07 seconds in front of fourth-place Tamas Kenderesi (HUN). This podium points to the legacy of the next generation coming through after the Michael Phelps era with the average age of the medalists being 19.66

Men’s 200m ButterflyMedal
Kristof Milak (HUN)Gold
Tomoru Honda (JPN)Silver
Federico Burdisso (ITA)Bronze

Throssell will need to fly faster to hit the podium

China’s Zhang Yufei emerged from the 200m Butterfly semi-finals as the outright favourite to take gold in the event. Storming home the 23-year-old finished 1.7 seconds faster than Boglarka Kapas, the second-place swimmer in her heat.

Australian Brianna Throssell was also in that semi-final and finished 3.52 seconds behind Zhang qualifying for the final in sixth and will start in lane seven, she’ll need to produce a career-best time if she’s going to step up onto the podium.

In the other semi-final, the United States’ Hali Flickinger won in what was a much closer race with compatriot Reagan Smith finishing less than half a second behind her, the American duo will look to take two medals from the final but they’ll be chasing down what could be the unstoppable force that is Zhang.

SwimmerQualifying Time
 Yufei Zhang (CHN)2:04.89
 Hali Flickinger (USA)2:06.23
 Boglarka Kapas (HUN)2:06.59
 Regan Smith (USA)2:06.64
 Liyan  Yu  (CHN)2:07.04
 Brianna Throssell (AUS)2:08.41
Svetlana Chimrova (ROC)2:08.62
Alys Margaret Thomas (GBR)2:09.07

Watch out for the Zac Attack

If the 100m Breaststroke didn’t work out for Zac Stubblety-Cook then the 200m Breaststroke is going exactly to plan. After disappointment on the first day of competition not making it through to the 100m semi-finals, Stubblety-Cook has qualified for the 200m final with the top qualifying time.

The Australian finished with a qualifying time of 2:07.35 dangerously close to breaking an Olympic record, his top competition will be Great Britain’s James Wilby and the Netherlands Arno Kamminga. No one has been as consistent as Stubblety-Cook who has had 0.02 seconds separating his two times at Tokyo 2020.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Zac Stubblety-Cook (AUS)2:07.35
 James Wilby (GBR)2:07.91
 Arno Kamminga (NED)2:07.99
 Nic Fink (USA)2:08.00
 Matti Mattsson (FIN)2:08.22
 Ryuya Mura (JPN)2:08.27
Anton Chupkov (ROC)2:08.54
Erik Persson  (SWE)2:08.76

Yui beauty – Ohashi gets her second Gold

Japan’s Yui Ohashi has had quite the Olympic games, with one Gold Medal already around her neck the 25-year-old wasn’t the favourite to win a second gold, after finishing third in both of her heats and the semi-final.

However, she wasn’t daunted by the prospect of winning the medal and managed to eke out a victory over American duo Alex Walsh and Kate Douglass finishing with a time of 2:08.52

SwimmerMedal
Yui Ohashi (JPN)Gold
Alex Walsh (USA)Silver
Kate Douglass (USA)Bronze

Ledecky Gets Her Gold

Katie Ledecky may have not had the success people expected in her duels against Ariarne Titmus, but it would have been crazy to think that she was capable of losing the 1500m Freestyle, and she didn’t disappoint winning by four seconds over American teammate Erica Sullivan.

Australian pair Kiah Melverton and Maddy Gough struggled, finishing with slower times in the final than they did in the heats, with Melverton finishing in sixth and Gough in eighth.

SwimmerMedal
Katie Ledecky (USA)Gold
Erica Sullivan (USA)  Silver
Sarah Kohler (DEU)  Bronze

USA Meltdown – Mark II

Despite the team from Great Britain qualifying in first it was expected that Team USA would come back and win gold in the final. The 4X200m final didn’t go to script either, with the Americans dropping off the podium entirely as the British took out Gold while the Russian Olympic Committee and Australia earning Silver and Bronze respectively.

It was a race decided in the third leg with the USA’s Zach Apple running out of steam and the US moving backwards in the rankings, ROC and Australia capitalised on this opportunity and went after the podium in the final leg, with just 0.03 seconds separating the two teams.

The result is Australia’s third relay medal and is currently the only country to medal in all three relay events at Tokyo 2020.

SwimmerMedal
Great BritainGold
ROCSilver
AustraliaBronze

McKeon doesn’t even sweat

No one on the Australian team has quite the program like Emma McKeon who is anticipated to compete in seven events at Tokyo 2020. Number three was the Women’s 100m Freestyle and with how comfortable she looked in the opening heat you wouldn’t know that she just shaved half a second off the Olympic record set in the race just before.

If McKeon goes up another gear she could have another gold medal to her name, meanwhile, Cate Campbell qualified for the semi-final in fourth ahead of Sarah Sjoestroem. and is more than capable of contesting for the gold.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Emma McKeon (AUS)52.13 (OR)
Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (HKG)52.70
Anna Hopkin (GBR)52.75
Cate Campbell (AUS)52.80
Sarah Sjoestroem (SWE)52.91
Penny Oleksiak (CAN)52.95
Pernille Blume (DEN)52.96
Yang Junxuan (CHN)53.02
Femke Heemskerk (NED)53.10
Abbey Weitzel (USA)53.21
Michelle Coleman (SWE)53.53
Signe Bro (DEN)53.54
Freya Anderson (GBR)53.61
Charlotte Bonnet (FRA)53.67
Marie Wattel (FRA)53.71
Erika Brown (USA)53.87

Back to the Future – Tristan Hollard on debut

Australia is still in with a chance in the Men’s 200m Backstroke with Tristan Hollard qualifying for the semi-final in 10th. He’ll have some work to do if he wants to make it into the final at his Olympic debut.

Luke Greenback was the star of the show qualifying 1.41 seconds ahead of the rest of the field.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Luke Greenbank (GBR)1:54.63
Evgeny Rylov (ROC)1:56.02
Bryce Mefford (USA)1:56.37
Lee Juho (KOR)1:56.77
Grigory Tarasevich (ROC)1:56.82
Rodaslaw Kawecki (POL)1:56.83
Ryan Murphy (USA)1:56.92
Irie Ryosuke (JPN)1:56.97
Keita Sunama (JPN)1:57.07
Tristan Hollard (AUS)1:57.24
Roman Mityukov (SUI)1:57.45
Brodie Paul Williams (GBR)1:57.48
Nicolas Garcia Saiz (ESP)1:57.62
Adam Telegdy (HUN)1:57.70
Xu Jiayu (CHN)1:57.76
Markus Thormeyer (CAN)1:57.85

Schoenmaker makes light work of Olympic Record

Tatjana Schoenmaker missed out on gold in the 100m Breaststroke by 0.27 seconds, in the heats of the 200m Breaststroke Schoenmaker let the world know she’s not going to give up a second Gold Medal, smashing a nine-year-old Olympic Record and just 0.05 seconds shy of the World Record.

Jenna Staunch was the only Australian to qualify for the semi-finals with a time of 2:23.30, it will be a hard fight to make the final from here but it’s not out of the realm of possibility that she can reach the final.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Tatjana Schoenmaker (RSA)2:19.16 (OR)
Lilly King (USA)2:22.10
Evgenila Chikunova (ROC)2:22.16
Kaylene Corbett (RSA)2:22.48
Annie Lazor (USA)2:22.76
Molly Renshaw (GBR)2:22.99
Mariia Temnikova (ROC)2:23.13
Yu Jingyao (CHN)2:23.17
Jenna Strauch (AUS)2:23.30
Jessica Vall Montero (ESP)2:23.31
Fanny Lecluyse (BEL)2:23.42
Sophie Hansson (SWE)2:23.82
Francesca Fangio (ITA)2:23.89
Lisa Mamie (SUI)2:23.91
Abbie Wood (GBR)2:24.13
Kelsey Lauren Wog (CAN)2:24.77

Larkin’s slow heat could prove costly

if you only watched Mitch Larkin’s heat in the men’s 200m Individual medley you’d think he was in the box seat to win an Olympic Gold medal at Tokyo 2020. Despite swimming in the final heat and winning it by point 0.01 of a second, it was a slower heat that put Larkin in equal ninth in the qualifying, with 12 swimmers finishing with a time of 1:57 seconds.

With so little separating the field it’s anyone’s game and the semi-finals will likely be a must-watch if you’re attempting to decipher who is going to win the final.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Michael Andrew (USA)1:56.40
Jeremy Desplanches (SUI)1:56.89
Lewis Clareburt (NZL)1:57.27
Chase Kalisz (USA)1:57.38
Duncan Scott (GBR)1:57.39
Kosuke Hagino (JPN)1:57.39
Wang Shun (CHN)1:57.42
Alberto Razzetti (ITA)1:57.46
Philip Heintz (DEU)1:57.50
Mitch Larkin (AUS)1:57.50
Laszlo Cseh (HUN)1:57.51
Hugo Gonzalez (ESP)1:57.61
Tomoe Hvas (NOR)1:57.64
Andrey Zhilkin (ROC)1:57.94
Matthew Sates (RSA)1:58.08
Dalya Seto (JPN)1:58.15

Are we about to see Golden Girls 2.0?

The Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay kicked off with the semi-finals. All eyes were on the Australians, as the quartet of Mollie O’Callaghan, Meg Harris, Brianna Throssell and Tamsin Cook blitzed the field, to qualify fastest by almost three seconds.

They missed the Olympic Record by just two seconds, and will likely have a very different team in the final in the morning.

Cate and Bronte Campbell, Ariarne Titmus and Emma McKeon all could be called up to race in the final as the four swimmer team, as Australia wheels out the big guns for what could be an attempt on their World Record from the World Championships in 2019.

SwimmerQualifying Time
Australia7:44.61
USA7:47.57
China7:48.98
Canada7:51.52
ROC7:52.04
Germany7:52.06
France7:55.05
Hungary7:56.16

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