If the 2021 Olympics were held today, how many swimming events would be held? In the past, only the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter freestyle, and 4x50-meter relay were included. Now, though, we see events like the 400-meter freestyle, Women's 4x50-meter relay, and Men's 200-meter freestyle. But how many of these events would qualify for the swim contests at the Olympics?
The Women's 100m freestyle final is less than a day away and will see two of the world's best swimmers in action. Defending Olympic champion Katie Ledecky is the heavy favourite, while world record holder Abby Weitzel is the second favourite. Both swimmers will have a high chance of winning gold. This race will go quickly, and is one of the most exciting to watch.
Simone Manuel finished seventh in the 100m freestyle prelims, ending her hopes of qualifying for the Olympic team. She holds six of the top seven times in the event, including a gold medal in Rio 2016. Her time was also one hundredth of a second faster than her closest rival. Simone Manuel revealed after the race that she'd been diagnosed with overtraining syndrome within the last year, which has affected her training. She has also said that her struggles in training have been exacerbated by the cultural unrest in her native country.
The Women's 400m freestyle final will feature two of the world's best swimmers in Tokyo on July 25. In addition to the 400m, the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games will feature the first-ever 1500-meter women's race. Katie Ledecky has owned the event since 2012 and owns the world record in this distance, while Ariarne Titmus is seeking her sixth Olympic gold.
Katie Ledecky, the world record holder and defending champion, knew this moment would come three-quarters of the way through the 400-meter freestyle final. She'd been ahead of world record holder Ariarne Titmus for the majority of the year, but the American had the advantage going out early. She also tried to make Titmus doubt her abilities by going out too fast.
If you're looking for the Women's 4x50 relay final qualifier in the 2021 Olympics, you'll need to qualify at one of the FINA-approved meets. Some of those events are the Olympic Trials, World Championships, and Southeast Asian Games. FINA also approves qualifying events for the World Championships and World Juniors. There are some other major international meets you can qualify at as well, though. The Olympic Games competition is the foremost sports competition and when we talk about swimming disciplines it is hard to pick the most interesting swim event.
The mixed relay will produce new Olympic champions. The United States is the dominant force in the women's 4x400m, having won six straight Olympic Games. Their recent Olympic relay team also features Allyson Felix, who has been part of two gold-medley teams. This makes them the strong favorites in Tokyo. While Australia's women's 4x50 relay qualifiers are stacked with great talent, their lack of depth in the 100m breaststroke will be a problem.
The American men's team is poised for a strong showing in the 200m freestyle final. On Monday, they upset legendary American six-time gold medalist Michael Phelps and advanced to the final. Coach Dean Boxall kept his emotions in check after his teammates' victories earlier this week, when his celebrations went viral. But on Wednesday, it was Titmus' turn to win, and he made the most of it.
Australia's Ariarne Titmus, the reigning world champion, is the underdog in this final. In the semifinals, she was one hundredth of a second behind the prelims' record. In the semifinals, she finished fifth. Despite this, she is still one of the favorites to win the event, despite finishing sixth in qualifying.
The U.S. men's 4x100m freestyle relay team made the final in Tokyo in the 2021 Olympic Games. They were the defending gold medalists in the event, but the Italians and Australia both narrowly missed out on qualifying for the final. With the help of four American swimmers, the team qualified for the final with a time of 3:59.4 - just two seconds slower than their previous world record.
The women's 4x100m freestyle relay team also made it to the finals. The American quartet were able to win four Olympic gold medals. And while the U.S. men's 4x100m medley relay team finished in third place, Canada won bronze. All-time Olympians Penny Oleksiak and Emma McKeon won seven medals, making them the most decorated Canadians in the Olympics.