2016 Rio Olympic Games: Day 6 Prelims Live Recap

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Everything you need to follow along live with day six 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 are available here.

Scheduled Events:

  • Men’s 50 Freestyle
  • Women’s 800 Freestyle
  • Men’s 100 Butterfly
  • Women’s 200 Backstroke

Men’s 50 Freestyle

Ukraine’s Andrii Govorov led the way by just over a tenth this morning, blasting his way to a 21.49 in prelims of the 50 freestyle.

American record holder Nathan Adrian swam a 21.61 this morning, fresh off his 100 freestyle bronze medal. His teammate Anthony Ervin earned Olympic gold in this event in 2000. This morning the veteran was long into the wall, but finished in 21.63 for the third seed tonight.

France’s Florent Manaudou stopped the clock in 21.72 to qualify fourth. Cameron McEvoy of Australia finished seventh in last night’s 100 freestyle final. He bounced back to win his prelims heat in 21.80. Just .01 behind was Russia’s Vladimir Morozov in 27.81.

Ben Proud of Great Britain and Santo Condorelli of Canada tied in 21.83 in heat nine. The two swimmers head to semifinals in seventh.

Luca Dotto of Italy posted a 21.87 this morning. Kristian Gkolomeev of Greece and Brazil’s Bruno Fratus both touched in 21.93 this morning to tie for the tenth seed. Just .01 behind was Bradley Edward Tandy of South Africa in 21.94. Brazil’s Italo Duarte snagged the 13th seed with a 21.96.

In another tie, Japan’s Shinri Shioura and Simonas Bilis of Lithuania take the 14th seed with their matching 22.01s.

Romania’s Norbert Trandafir will complete tonight’s semifinals with a 22.10.

Women’s 800 Freestyle

Katie Ledecky held back her legs this morning in prelims of the 800 freestyle. While she never neared her own world record of 8:06.68, Ledecky did take down the Olympic record with her final time of 8:12.86. The Olympic record stood at 8:14.10, swum by Great Britain’s Rebecca Adlington in 2008. At the time it was a world record. Ledecky then upset Adlington at home in 2012, but did not take the mark. With this morning’s easy race, Ledecky is setting herself up to be the third American woman to repeat gold in the event.

Boglarka Kapas of Hungary recorded the second fastest time in prelims with her 8:19.43. That swim came as a result of a close race with Jazz Carlin of Great Britain, the silver medalist in the 400 freestyle. Carlin will take the third seed in 8:19.67.

American Leah Smith recovered from a late night on the gold medal winning relay to post the fourth best time of the morning in 8:21.43.

Lotte Friis of Denmark jumped out to an early lead in the third heat and held on to win that heat in 8:22.54. On her heels was Jessica Ashwood of Australia in 8:22.57.

Germnay’s Sarah Kohler takes the seventh spot in 8:24.65.

Mireia Belmonte Garcia took out the second heat this morning and swam on her own. The Spaniard who already has two Olympic medals from this Games will be the eighth seed for finals with an 8:25.55.

New Zealand’s Lauren Boyle posted an 8:25.84 and will not make the final, finishing ninth.

Men’s 100 Butterfly

Joseph Schooling of Singapore held off Michael Phelps in the final heat to post the fastest time of the morning in 51.41. Laszlo Cseh of Hungary entered with the top time in the world this year. This morning he touched in 51.52 for the second seed.

After a disappointing 200 butterfly, and then being the last one off the blocks this morning, Tom Shields of the USA won his heat and qualified third for semifinals in a 51.58. Phelps will return fourth after touching in 51.60.

Mehdy Metella of France stopped the clock in 51.71 for fifth. Just behind him was Italy’s Piero Codia who will be sixth after swimming a 51.72. Chad le Clos of South Africa was a 51.75.

Great Britain’s James Guy took off over the second 50 to snag the eighth spot with a 51.78. He’ll share that with China’s Zhuhao Li who also clocked a 51.78 three heats later.

Poland’s Konrad Czerniak and Australia’s David Morgan tie for tenth in 51.81. Morgan’s teammate Grant Irvine (51.84) followed. Russia’s Aleksandr Sadovnikov (51.91) is 13th.

Santo Condorelli took nearly a half second from his seed time, swimming in heat two. In his second race of the morning, the Canadian touched in 51.99, .01 from his Canadian record.

Evgeny Koptelov (52.01) of Russia and Zheng Wen Quan (52.08) of Singapore also got second swims.

Women’s 200 Backstroke

Katinka Hosszu finished in 2:06.09 to top the heats of the women’s 200 backstroke this morning. The Iron Lady continued to crush this week with a new personal best time. She sets herself up well to earn four golds in one Games. Canada’s Hilary Caldwell finished in 2:07.40 for the second seed in tonight’s semifinals. Maya DiRado of the USA qualified third with a 2:08.60.

Germany’s Lisa Graf won the second heat in 2:08.67 with a strong second 100 meters. Belinda Hocking of Australia also tied for the fourth seed with that same time. China’s Yaxin Liu followed in 2:08.84. Dominique Bouchard of Canada was just behind in 2:08.87. Ukraine’s Daryna Zevina was only .01 behind Bouchard in 2:08.88.

In her fifth Olympic games Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe earned a semifinal swim in 2:08.91. Australia’s Emily Seebohm went a 2:09.00. American Missy Franklin will also get an semifinal swim with a 2:09.36. Iceland’s Eyglo Gustafsdottir is 12th in 2:09.96.

Russian teammates Daria Ustinova (2:09.96) and Anastasiia Fesikova (2:10.39), and Croatia’s Matea Samardzic (2:10.51) and Jenny Mensing (2:10.68) of Germany complete tonight’s semifinals.

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Author: Cathleen Pruden

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Cathleen Pruden is a 2016 graduate of Mount Holyoke College and was a four time All-American and a three time Academic All-American for the Lyons. She grew up swimming in and has also coached in Raleigh, North Carolina. Currently she is the Assistant Coach at Bowdoin College.

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