Swimming Day 8 Features Mixed Relay, Caeleb Dressel, Katie Ledecky

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On the second-to-last nighttime of swimming astatine the Tokyo Olympics, 4 much finals instrumentality halfway signifier connected a engaged nighttime for Caeleb Dressel. In addition, the debut of the mixed 4x100m medley relay should beryllium a thrilling back-and-forth race.

Watch unrecorded connected NBC opening astatine 9:30 p.m. ET, oregon watercourse live:

The men’s 100m butterfly, successful which Dressel owns the satellite grounds and tied the Olympic record successful the heats, is the archetypal last of the evening. Coming successful 2nd to Dressel successful the semifinals was Kristof Milak, the Hungarian swimmer who won the golden successful the 200m butterfly earlier this week.

In the women’s 200m backstroke, which takes spot astatine 9:37 p.m ET, Americans Phoebe Bacon and Rhyan White qualified 2nd and third. Fellow American Regan Smith is the satellite grounds holder successful the lawsuit but was bested by Bacon and White successful an electrical contention astatine the U.S. Olympic Trials – White’s winning clip successful June was faster than the gold-medal-winning clip successful the 2016 Olympics. White finished conscionable extracurricular the medals successful the 100m backstroke (in which Smith won gold).

Bacon attended the same simple school successful Bethesda, Maryland, arsenic Ledecky, who arsenic a 4th grader was assigned to beryllium Bacon’s buddy successful pre-kindergarten.

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After Bacon swims her archetypal Olympic final, Ledecky has her last contention of the Tokyo Olympics, the women’s 800m last astatine 9:46 p.m. ET. Her qualifying clip of 8:15.67 was astir a 2nd and a fractional up of chap American Katie Grimes.

Ariarne Titmus – the Australian sensation who already has golden medals successful some the 200m and 400m freestyles – had the sixth-best time. She finished 3rd to Ledecky’s archetypal successful the 800m astatine the 2019 World Championships.

In the semifinals of the 50m freestyle, Dressel and Michael Andrew look to beforehand for the American men, portion Abbey Weitzel and Simone Manuel are up for the American women.

The past last connected Friday night, astatine 10:43 p.m. ET, is the Olympic debut of the mixed 4x100 medley relay. The apical 3 qualifiers were Great Britain, the United States and world-record-holder China. Australia – which has already won six swimming golds successful Tokyo, much than it did astatine its location Games successful Sydney successful 2000 – qualified with the fourth-best time.

Emma McKeon's eighth vocation Olympic medal and her 32nd among Olympics/worlds/Pan Pacs is her archetypal idiosyncratic gold.

Australia swimming golden medals
2012/2016 Olympics combined: 4
Tokyo Olympics: 6 truthful far

Australia has much swimming golds than it won astatine the 2000 Sydney Games.

— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 30, 2021

In the prelims, the U.S. enactment up Rhyan White for the backstroke, Andrew Smith for the butterfly, Tom Shields for the breaststroke and Abbey Weitzel for the freestyle. Dressel is expected to aquatics the butterfly limb successful the final, his 3rd aquatics of the night.

The pb could alteration respective times passim the last depending connected which state has stronger swimmers connected which legs, making the mixed medley relay a can’t-miss event.

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