Morning Olympic Swimming Finals Possible for Tokyo 2020

Photo Courtesy: The Japan Times

The Olympic swimming finals at the 2020 Games in Tokyo could be held in the morning, as they were in Beijing in 2008, according to a report from Asahi (Japan).

“I think there is a possibility that swimming will be the same as Beijing,” IOC Coordination Committee Chairman John Coates said.

The format in Beijing included evening preliminary heats and morning finals so that the medal races could go off at 10 a.m. local time — or 10 p.m. ET in the United States. That allowed NBC to air the races live to a prime time audience in the U.S.

The swimming finals at the 2016 Olympics in Rio were also moved up to accommodate U.S. television interests. Prelims in Rio began at 1 p.m. local time and finals at 10 p.m., meaning that finals could be televised at 9 p.m. ET in the U.S.

Read the full report from Asahi here.

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Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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