2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day 4 Finals Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day four finals of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Competition begins at 10 p.m. local time (9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST) Hit refresh for all the latest coverage.

View the full heat sheets here. Check out Swimming World‘s predictions for tonight’s action here.

Full results from tonight’s semifinals and finals are available here.

Scheduled Events:

  • Men’s 100 Free Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200 Free FINAL
  • Men’s 200 Fly FINAL
  • Women’s 200 Fly Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200 IM FINAL
  • Men’s 4×200 Free Relay FINAL

Men’s 100 Free Semi-Finals:

After a rough heat swim this morning which landed him as the sixteenth seed in semi-finals, the USA’s Nathan Adrian has redeemed himself by claiming the fastest time of the evening in the men’s 100 free. Adrian stopped the clock at a 47.83 from lane eight of heat one.

The Aussie duo of Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy picked up the second and third place seeds from separate heats. Chalmers snuck his hand in ahead of Canada’s Santo Condorelli in heat two to stop the clock at a 47.88, while McEvoy posted a 47.93 from heat one. Condorelli delivered a matching 47.93 from heat two.

Caeleb Dressel of the USA will return tomorrow night as the fifth place seed with a 47.97.

Belgium’s Pieter Timmers picked up the sixth place seed with a 48.14, while Great Britain’s Duncan Scott was seventh with a 48.20.

Brazil’s Marcelo Chierighini rounds out the top eight with a 48.23.

Women’s 200 Free:

A loaded field of women entered the pool deck for finals of the women’s 200 free. Katie Ledecky of the USA, Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, and Emma McKeon of Australia battled from the very beginning for victory. Ledecky made her move on the third length powering ahead of the competition and fending off Sjostrom, stopping the clock at a swift 1:53.73. Ledecky’s gold medal moves her to two thirds of a sweep of the 200-400-800 freestyles, a feat that hasn’t been done since Debbie Meyer did it in 1968.

Despite gaining on Ledecky, Sjostrom was unable to catch her and settled for the silver with a time of 1:54.08.

Australia’s McKeon moved up from one of the outside lanes to claim the bronze with a time of 1:54.92.

World record holder Federica Pellegrini of Italy finished in fourth, just outside of the podium, with a time of 1:55.18.

China’s Shen Duo and Australia’s Bronte Barratt finished right on Pellegrini’s feet with matching times of 1:55.25.

Sweden’s Michelle Coleman picked up seventh with a time of 1:56.27, just ahead of France’s Charlotte Bonnet (1:56.29).

Men’s 200 Fly:

Tonight’s much anticipated men’s 200 butterfly final was as eventful as anticipated.

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary led at the 50 meter mark. The USA’s Michael Phelps took control at the halfway point and continued to pull away in the third 50 meters. Phelps took a short stroke into the third turn and Chad Le Clos of South Africa had an incredible third under water to start to close the gap.

In the final 30 meters Masato Sakai of Japan snuck up on the outside as le Clos faded.

The Greatest of All Time held on, and became the oldest swimmer to win gold in an individual event, touching in 1:53.36. Sakai almost completed what would have been a historic upset, finishing just .03 behind in 1:53.40. That finish became the smallest margin of victory in this race in Olympic history.

Tama Kenderesi of Hungary posted the fastest times in prelims and semifinals. He earned bronze tonight with his 1:53.62.

Le Clos wound up fourth, finishing in 1:54.06.

Daiya Seto of Japan took fifth with his 1:54.82. Denmark’s Viktor Bromer snagged sixth in 1:55.64. Cseh settled for seventh in 1:56.24. Belgium’s Louis Croenen completed the final in 1:57.04.

Women’s 200 Fly Semi-Finals:

Australia’s Madeline Groves turned up the heat in semi-finals of the women’s 200 fly posting the first sub-2:06 of the event. Groves touched in a 2:05.66 to return as the top seed tomorrow for finals.

Mireia Belmonte of Spain slipped to second in the rankings with a 2:06.06 finish from heat two of the semi-finals, while China’s Zhou Yilin posted a lifetime best of 2:06.52.

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi posted a 2:06.74 to return as the fourth place seed, just ahead of China’s Zhang Yufei’s 2:06.95.

Hali Flickinger of the USA put forth a valiant effort in heat two to catch Groves but could not, earning herself the sixth place seed with a 2:07.02.

Australia’s Brianna Throssell (2:07.19) and USA’s Cammile Adams (2:07.22) round out the top eight qualifiers.

Men’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals:

Japan’s Ippei Watanabe jumped to an early lead in heat one of the men’s 200 breaststroke semi-finals, not letting up until his hands touched the wall in Olympic Record fashion. Watanabe touched the wall in a 2:07.22 to take down the existing record of 2:07.28 set in 2012 by Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta.

Great Britain’s Andrew Willis and the USA’s Kevin Cordes battled the World Record line and each other throughout heat two but at the end it was Willis who got his hand to the wall first. Willis stopped the clock at  a 2:07.73 ahead of Cordes’ 2:07.99 (good for fifth).

Josh Prenot of the USA picked up the third place seed with a time of 2:07.78, just ahead of Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki’s 2:07.91.

Top-ranked swimmer coming into semi-finals, Anton Chupkov of Russia, slipped to sixth in the rankings with a 2:08.08, just ahead of Germany’s Marco Koch (2:08.12).

Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin picked up the eighth place seed with a 2:08.20.

Women’s 200 IM FINAL:

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu picked up her third individual gold medal of the Olympics, lowering her own Olympic Record from a 2:07.45 to a 2:06.58. Hosszu was under her own World Record pace throughout the first half of the race but Great Britain’s Siobhan-Marie O’Connor held on and pushed her, refusing to let the “Iron Lady” out of her sight.

O’Connor gained ground in the final 50 of the race but was unable to get past Hosszu, settling for silver, a 2:06.88, and a new national record for Great Britain.

Silver medalist in the 400 IM, Maya DiRado of the USA, picked up the bronze medal with a final time of 2:08.79, finishing just ahead of American teammate Melanie Margalis (2:09.21).

Australia’s Alicia Coutts finished fifth overall with a 2:10.88, while Canada’s Sydney Pickrem picked up sixth with a 2:11.22.

Andreeva Viktoriia of Russia was seventh with a time of 2:12.28 and defending gold medalist, Ye Shiwen of China, finished eighth with a 2:13.56.

Men’s 800 Free Relay Final:

The men’s 800 free relay final was highlighted by a tough battle for second with the USA jumping to the lead after a strong first leg by Conor Dwyer (1:45.23). Young Texan Townley Haas solidified the USA’s lead with a dynamic 1:44.14 split before handing off to veterans Ryan Lochte  (1:46.03) and Michael Phelps (1:45.26). The quad posted a combined time of 7:00.26 for first and Phelps’ 21st Olympic gold medal.

The battle for second was highlighted by the men of Japan and Great Britain, with Japan holding second for much of the race. A strong anchor leg, however, by Great Britain’s James Guy boosted the Brits up and ahead of the Japanese for the silver medal. The relay team of Stephen Milne (1:46.97), Duncan Scott (1:45.05), Dan Wallace (1:46.26), and Guy (1:44.85) posted a combined time of 7:03.13.

Posting an awfully close third was the Japanese team of Kosuke Hagino (1:45.34), Naito Ehara (1:46.11), Yuki Kobori (1:45.71), and Takeshi Matsuda (1:46.34) with a final time of 7:03.50.

Australia finished fourth overall with a 7:04.18, ahead of the Russian Federation’s 7:05.70.

Germany (7:07.28), The Netherlands (7:09.10), and Belgium (7:11.64) rounded out the top eight.