2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day 5 Finals Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day five 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.

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Scheduled Events:

  • Men’s 200 Breast FINAL
  • Women’s 100 Free Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200 Back Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 200 Fly FINAL
  • Men’s 100 Free FINAL
  • Women’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals
  • Men’s 200 IM Semi-Finals
  • Women’s 800 Free Relay FINAL

Men’s 200 Breast FINAL:

The men’s 200 breaststroke final went off in true Olympic upset fashion. Swimming in lane eight, Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Balandin surged ahead in the final 25-meters of the race to upset the pool and take home gold with a time of 2:07.46. Balandin’s win marks the first ever swimming medal for Kazakhstan.

Also surging ahead in the final length of the race was the USA’s Josh Prenot who accelerated his stroke rate to that of one swimming the 50 or 100 breaststroke. Prenot got his hand to the wall just behind Dmitriy for silver and a time of 2:07.53.

Russia’s Anton Chupkov picked up the bronze medal with a final time of 2:07.70.

Great Britain’s Andrew Willis was the only returning Olympian from 2012 in this heat of the finals, improving upon his 2012 eighth place performance to finish fourth with a time of 2:07.78.

Close behind Willis was Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki, who led throughout the majority of the race, taking the race out under World Record pace for the first 100. Koseki was unable to hold off the accelerated stroke rates of Balandin and Prenot, slipping to fifth with a 2:07.80.

Teammate Ippei Watanabe. and top seed after last night’s semi-finals, posted a final time of 2:07.87 for sixth, adding just slightly to his new Olympic Record of 2:07.22 from semis.

Germany’s Marco Koch (2:08.00) and the USA’s Kevin Cordes (2:08.34) rounded out the top eight.

Women’s 100 Free Semi-Finals:

Cate Campbell of Australia continued her domination of the 100 free into semi-finals, but not without some young competition. Campbell was the first to the wall at the 50-meter mark of heat two semi-finals, flipping just ahead of her own World Record pace from earlier this summer. Campbell lowered her newly appointed Olympic Record of 52.78 down to a 52.71 to return as the top seed for tomorrow night’s final.

Finishing right on her tail was Canada’s young sprint superstar Penny Oleksiak in record-breaking fashion. Oleksiak stopped the clock at a 52.72 to overturn her own World Junior Record of 53.31 and set a new Canadian Record as well.

Heat one of the semi-finals was highlighted by a tight race between the USA’s Simone Manuel and Australia’s Bronte Campell. Manuel posted a personal best of 53.11 to edge out Bronte’s 53.29, just barely missing the American record of 53.02, set by Amanda Weir in 2009.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom picks up the fourth place seed with a time of 53.16, while Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen returns as sixth with a 53.35.

The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo grabbed the seventh place seed, while the USA’s Abbey Weitzeil squeezed in at eighth with a 53.53.

Men’s 200 Back Semi-Finals:

Australia’s Mitch Larkin got off to an early lead in heat two of the men’s 200 back semi-finals, but received a strong challenge in the last 50 meters from Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and the USA’s Jacob Pebley. Rylov smoothly bypassed Larkin to claim the top seed going into tomorrow night’s final with a time of 1:54.45.

Larkin settled for a close second place seed with a 1:54.73, while Pebley earned the third place seed with a 1:54.92.

Fellow American Ryan Murphy topped heat one of the semi-finals to earn the fourth place seed with a time of 1:55.15.

The Chinese duo of Xu Jiayu and Li Guangyuan picked up the fifth and sixth place seeds with times of 1:55.66 and 1:55.92 respectively.

Japan’s Ryosuke Irie returns tomorrow as seventh with a 1:56.31, while Germany’s Christian Diener turned in a 1:56.37 for eighth.

Women’s 200 Fly FINAL:

Madeline Groves of Australia jumped to an early lead in finals of the 200 butterfly, leading by 3/4 of a body length at the 50-meter mark. Spain’s Mireia Belmonte refused to let Groves out of her sight, however, quickly gaining on her at the 100 and pulling ahead by the 150-meter mark. Belmonte, the short course record holder in this event and the silver medalist in 2012, never let up, powering home in a 2:04.85 to claim her first Olympic gold medal.

Groves gained on Belmonte in the final 25-meters but was unable to top her, stopping just .03 seconds behind with a 2:04.88.

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi delivered a powerful back-half to gain on the two leaders and win bronze with a time of 2:05.20.

Swimming in lane eight Cammile Adams of the USA gave the race everything she had, moving up to a fourth place finish and personal best of 2:05.90.

The Chinese duo of Zhou Yilin and Zhang Yufei finished fifth and sixth with times of 2:07.37 and 2:07.40 respectively.

The USA’s Hali Flickinger turned in a seventh place finish of 2:07.71, just ahead of Australia’s Brianna Throssell (2:07.87).

Men’s 100 Free FINAL:

As is the case with the sprint freestyle events it was a tight race across the board. Caeleb Dressel of the USA and Cameron McEvoy of Australia were the quickest off the blocks with reaction times of .62 but it didn’t take long for Canada’s Santo Condorelli to move to the front of the competition with a leading split of 22.22.

The USA’s Nathan Adrian flipped close behind Condorelli, splitting a 22.67 at the wall to lead the battle down the home stretch but it was young Australian sprintstar Kyle Chalmers who snuck to the front of the crowd for the gold. Chalmers turned in a top time of 47.58 to take home the gold medal and lower his own World Junior Record, previously set at a 47.88.

Belgium’s Pieter Timmers snuck his hand to the wall to grab the silver medal with a time of 47.80, just ahead of Adrian’s 47.85 finish.

Condorelli settled for fourth and a 47.88, while Great Britain’s Duncan Scott turned in a final time of 48.01 for fifth.

Dressel stopped the clock at a 48.02 for sixth and McEvoy posted a 48.12 for seventh.

Home crowd favorite Marcelo Chierighini was eighth with a 48.41.

Women’s 200 Breast Semi-Finals:

Four years after the USA’s Rebecca Soni won Olympic gold in the women’s 200 breast, the USA has failed to qualify anyone for the final of the event. This will be the first Olympic Games since the 1992 Barcelona Games that an American has not medaled in this event.

Australia’s Taylor McKeown powered to a 2:21.69 in heat two of the 200 breast to claim the top seed. Japan’s Rie Kaneto posted the second fastest time of the semi-finals with a time of 2:22.11, just ahead of Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw (2:22.33).

The close finishes continued with China’s Shi Jinglin turning in a 2:22.37 for the fourth place seed.

Denmark’s Rikke Pedersen finished fifth overall in semi-finals with a time of 2:22.45, and is the current World Record holder with a 2:19.11 from the 2013 Barcelona World Championships.

Starting out slow but accelerating to a quick finish was Russia’s Yulia Efimova who returns as sixth with a 2:22.52.

Great Britain’s Chloe Tutton (2:22.71) and Canada’s Kierra Smith (2:22.87) finished seventh and eighth respectively.

Men’s 200 IM Semi-Finals:

Semi-finals of the men’s 200 individual medley were highlighted by a trio of men in their thirties. The USA’s Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte held a tight race with Brazil’s Thiago Pereira for the top seed in heat two of semi-finals. Phelps pulled ahead with a strong breaststroke leg to take over the lead from Pereira and claim the top seed with a 1:55.78.

Locate charged ahead of Pereira in the final 50 meters to pick up the second seed with a 1:56.28, while Pereira settled for a third place seed of 1:57.11.

Kosuke Hagino of Japan delivered a time of 1:57.38 from heat one of the semi-finals to claim the fourth place seed, just ahead of Great Britain’s Dan Wallace (1:57.97).

China’s Wang Shun returns tomorrow night as the sixth place seed with a 1:58.12, followed closely by Japan’s Hiromasa Fujimori’s 1:58.20.

Germany’s Philip Heintz rounds out the top eight qualifiers with a 1:58.85.

Women’s 800 Free Relay FINAL:

The final of the women’s 800 freestyle relay was highlighted by dynamic racing as the relay teams of China, Australia, and the USA exchanged the lead throughout the race.

Allison Schmitt of the USA got the Americans off to an early lead with a 1:56.21 lead split, but the Australian combination of Emma McKeon (1:54.64) and Bronte Barratt (1:55.81) pulled the Australians ahead with just one leg left in the race.

Tamsin Cook of Australia dove in knowing that she would have to hold lead that Barratt had built for her if she was going to fend off the likes of the USA’s Katie Ledecky but Ledecky dove in with a purpose, splitting a final 1:53.74 to win the gold for Team USA.

Schmitt (1:56.21), Leah Smith (1:56.69), Maya DiRado (1:56.39), and Ledecky (1:53.74) posted a combined 7:43.03 to flirt with Team USA’s 2012 Olympic Record of 7:42.92. This marks the second consecutive Olympiad that the USA has taken home gold in this event and continues to mark the USA as dominant in this event, having won gold four of the five Olympic Games that the race has been part of the schedule.

Australia battled a strong anchor swim from Canada’s Penny Oleksiak for the silver medal. Neale (1:57.95), McKeon (1:54.64), Barratt (1:55.81), and Cook (1:56.47) turned in a final 7:44.87, while the Canadian combination of Katerine Savard (1:57.91), Taylor Ruck (1:56.18), Brittany MacLean (1:56.36), and Oleksiak (1:54.94) picked up the bronze with a 7:45.39.

The Chinese combination of Shen Duo (1:56.30), Ai Yanhan (1:57.79), Dong Jie (1:57.15), and Zhang Yuhan (1:56.72) slipped to fourth and a final time of 7:47.96.

Sweden moved up to fifth with a final time of 7:50.26, ahead of Hungary’s sixth place finish of 7:51.03.

Russia (7:53.26) and Japan (7:56.76) took seventh and eighth respectively.

Full results are available here.

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Taylor Brien is the Assistant Operations Manager and a staff writer at Swimming World. A native of Bettendorf, IA and a 2015 graduate of Illinois College, she has covered a variety of events since joining the SW team in 2015, including the NCAA Championships, World Championships, Olympic Trials, and 2016 Rio Olympic Games.

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