2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day 5 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day five prelims of the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. Competition begins at 1 p.m. local time (12 p.m. EST/9 a.m. PST) Hit refresh for all the latest coverage.

Heat sheets for the fifth day of prelims are now available here.

Scheduled Events:

  • Women’s 100 Freestyle
  • Men’s 200 Backstroke
  • Women’s 200 Breaststroke
  • Men’s 200 IM
  • Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

Women’s 100 Freestyle

World record holder Cate Campbell of Australia finished in a new Olympic record time of 52.78 this morning in the 100 freestyle prelims. That was still seven tenths shy of the 52.06 she posted last month.

Simone Manuel of the United States led the first circle seeded heat at the 50 meter mark and was incredibly smooth coming home. Manuel will return to semifinals in second with a 53.32, only three tenths off the American record.

With Olympic gold and silver in tow, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom swam a 53.57 this morning for the third spot. The Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo held the old Olympic record at 53.00. This morning she finished fourth in 53.43.

Canada’s young Penny Oleksiak tied Denmark’s Jeanette Ottesen for the fifth seed as the two both posted 53.53s. Abbey Weitzeil of the USA was .01 behind the duo in 53.54.

Reigning world champion Bronte Campbell of Australia will return eighth in 53.71. Canada’s Chantal Van Landeghem swam a 53.89 and Charlotte Bonnet of France followed in 53.93.

Denmark’s Pernille Blume and China’s Menghui Zhu tied for 11th with 54.15s. Belarus’ Aliaksandra Herasimenia touched in 54.25 and Etiene Medeiros of Brazil posted a 54.38 this morning. China’s Duo Shen took the 15th spot with a 54.41.

Japanes teammates Rikako Ikee and Miki Uchida posted the third tie of the morning and will have to swim-off for the 16th spot in tonight’s semifinals.

Italy’s Federica Pellegrini had the sixth fastest time in the world this year but did not swim what should have been her final individual event of the week.

Men’s 200 Backstroke

Russia’s Evgeny Rylov stopped the clock in 1:55.02 to take the top spot for semifinals of the men’s 200 backstroke tonight. Almost a half second behind him was China’s Jiayu Xu in 1:55.51.

Australian Mitch Larkin entered with the fastest time in the world this year. He’ll head to semifinals in third with a 1:56.01.

The gold medalist in the 100 backstroke Ryan Murphy posted a 1:56.29. His college and American teammate Jacob Pebley was just behind with a 1:56.44. The Cal duo will be fourth and fifth this evening.

Jan-Philip Glania of Germany and Russia’s Andrei Shabasov both touched in 1:56.50 this morning to tie for sixth. Japan’s Ryosuke Irie is eighth in 1:56.61.

Chiristian Diener of Germany (1:56.62), Joshua Beaver of Australia (1:56.65), and Guangyuan Li of China (1:56.85) take the ninth through 11th seeds.

Brazil’s Leondardo De Deus (1:57.00), Japan’s Masaki Kaneko (1:57.19), Spain’s Hugo Gonzalez de Oliviera (1:57.50), New Zealand’s Corey Main (1:57.51), and Israel’s Yakov Toumarkin (1:57.58) will also race again tonight.

Women’s 200 Breaststroke

Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen posted a 2:22.72 for the top spot in tonight’s women’s 200 breaststroke semifinals. Rie Kaneto of Japan entered with the top time in the world this year. She posted a 2:22.86 in prelims to snag the second seed. Australian Taylor Mckeown led her heat with a 2:23.00 and the third best time of prelims.

Chloe Tutton swam a 2:23.34 this morning for the fourth seed. Her British teammate Molly Renshaw had a very solid prelims swim, finishing .03 behind in 2:23.37.

Kierra Smith of Canada touched sixth this morning in 2:23.69 ahead of Turkey’s Viktoria Zeynep Gunes with a 2:23.83.

Yulia Efimova was a body length behind the field at the 100 meter mark. The 100 silver medalist came back in the second half to earn the eighth seed with her 2:23.90.

Jinglin Shi of China posted a 2:24.33 while  Iceland’s Hrafnhildur Luthersdottir touched in 2:24.43. Spain’s Jessica Vall Montero touched in 2:24.55. Molly Hannis of the United States earned the twelfth seed with her 2:24.74.

Kanako Watanabe of Japan went a 2:24.77 for 13th. There was a solid drop off before Jenna Laukkanen representing Finland finished in 2:25.52.

After earning Olympic gold in the 100 breaststroke, Lilly King shot out in front of her heat at the first 50. A stronger swimmer in the 100, King settled for 15th overall in 2:25.89. Russia’s Sofia Andreeva was the last swimmer in with a 2:26.58.

Men’s 200 IM

Ryan Lochte of the USA shut it down at the end, but still secured the top seed with his 1:57.38. Philip Heintz of Germany posted a 1:57.59 for the second seed. Michael Phelps keeps alive his chance of four straight Olympic golds in a single event, winning the final heat in 1:58.41, despite cruising into the finish. He’ll be the third seed.

Brazil’s Henrique Rodrigues stopped the clock in 1:58.56. His teammate Thiago Pereira raced alongside Phelps and will be fifth with a 1:58.63.

Kosuke Hagino of Japan won the 400 IM on the opening night. He swam a controlled 1:58.79 in this morning’s 200 for the sixth spot. His teammate Hiromasa Fujimori was just behind in 1:58.88.

Shun Wang of China went a 1:58.98. Andreas Vazaios of Greece (1:59.33), Simon Sjodin of Sweden (1:59.41), and Dan Wallace of Great Britain (1:59.44) were ninth through 11th this morning.

Portugal’s Alexis Santos , Switzerland’s Jeremny Desplanches, and Spain’s Eduardo Solache Gomez had an impressive three way tie for 12th as they all posted 1:59.67.

Ieuan Lloyd of Great Britain (1:59.74) and Bradlee Ashby of New Zealand (1:59.77) complete tonight’s semifinals.

Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay

Allison Schmitt led the United States out to an early lead in this morning’s 800 freestyle relay with a 1:55.95. She was followed by Missy Franklin (1:57.03). Melanie Margalis (1:57.04) had a back and forth race with China’s Jie Dong (1:57.45). In the anchor leg Cierra Runge swam a 1:57.75. The Americans will return to finals in  first with a 7:47.77.

Australia’s Leah Neale (1:57.06), Bronte Barratt (1:56.85), Tasmin Cook (1:57.35), and Jessica Ashwood (1:57.98) combined for a 7:49.24 to win heat one and take the second seed overall.

The Chinese team of Yanhan Al (1:57.20), Yuhan Zhang (1:56.38), Dong (1:57.45), and Shijia Wang (1:58.55) will be third in 7:49.58.

On the Australians’ tail was the Russian squad of Viktoriia Andreeva (1:57.82), Arina Openysheva (1:57.67), Daria Mullakaeva (1:57.85), and Veronika Popova (1:57.18) in 7:50.52. They will be fourth.

Hungary, anchored by Katinka Hosszu in 1:55.66 will be fifth. Canada (7:51.99), Japan (7:52.50), an dSweden (7:53.43) will complete tonight’s final