Olympic Games Snapshot: A Capsule Look At the Day Four Events in Tokyo; Kristof Milak On the Hunt

Kristof Milak of Hungary celebrates after winning in the men's 200m Butterfly Final during the Swimming events at the Gwangju 2019 FINA World Championships, Gwangju, South Korea, 24 July 2019.

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Olympic Games Snapshot: A Capsule Look At the Day Four Events in Tokyo; Kristof Milak On the Hunt

With the 2020ne Olympic Games less than a month away, Swimming World will run eight consecutive days of capsules that take a quick look at the events that will be held on a specific day in Tokyo. These capsules will provide a snapshot of the various events, including an historical snippet for each discipline.

Day Four

Women’s 200 Freestyle

World Record: Federica Pellegrini (Italy/2009) 1:52.98
2016 Olympic Champion: Katie Ledecky (United States) 1:53.73
Most Titles: United States (Five)
Biggest Victory Margin: 1.97 Seconds (Allison Schmitt Over Camille Muffat – 2012)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Ariarne Titmus (Australia) 1:53.09
2. Katie Ledecky (Australia) 1:54.40
3. Yang Junxuan (China) 1:54.57
4. Emma McKeon (Australia) 1:54.74
5. Siobhan Haughey (Hong Kong) 1:54.89
Historical Note: The world record of 1:52.98, held by Italian Federica Pellegrini, is the longest-standing female global mark on the books. It was set at the 2009 World Championships, and at the height of the super-suit era.

Men’s 200 Butterfly

World Record: Kristof Milak (Hungary/2019) 1:50.73
2016 Olympic Champion: Michael Phelps (United States) 1:53.36
Most Titles: United States (10)
Biggest Victory Margin: 4.5 Seconds (William Yorzyk Over Takashi Ishimoto – 1956)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Kristof Milak (Hungary) 1:51.10
2. Federico Burdisso (Italy) 1:54.28
3. Tamas Kenderesi (Hungary) 1:54.37
4. Antani Ivanov (Bulgaria) 1:54.50
5. Tomoru Honda (Japan) 1:54.59
Historical Note: This summer will mark the first time since 1996 in which American Michael Phelps is not part of the Olympic final in the 200 butterfly. Phelps was fifth in 2000, won gold in 2004, 2008 and 2016 and was the silver medalist in 2012.

Women’s 200 Individual Medley

World Record: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary/2015) 2:06.12
2016 Olympic Champion: Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) 2:06.58
Most Titles: United States, Australia, China, Ukraine (Two)
Biggest Victory Margin: 4.1 Seconds (Claudia Kolb Over Susan Pedersen – 1968)
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Kaylee McKeown (Australia) 2:08.19
2. Alex Walsh (United States) 2:08.87
3. Abbie Wood (Great Britain) 2:09.23
4. Sydney Pickrem (Canada) 2:09.24
5. Kate Douglass (United States) 2:09.32
Historical Note: Ireland’s Michelle Smith, the 1996 Olympic champion, was later banned from the sport for tampering with a doping sample. Smith has long denied taking performance-enhancing drugs, despite atypical improvements later in her career.

Women’s 1500 Freestyle

World Record: Katie Ledecky (United States/2018) 15:20.48
2016 Olympic Champion: Event Not Contested
Most Titles: First-Time Event
Biggest Victory Margin: First-Time Event
Top-Five Times (2021) – Olympic Qualifiers
1. Katie Ledecky (United States) 15:40.50
2. Maddy Gough (Australia) 15:46.13
3. Simona Quadarella (Italy) 15:48.81
4. Wang Jianjiahe (China) 15:49.07
5. Erica Sullivan (United States) 15:51.18
Historical Note: The world record of Katie Ledecky sits more than 18 seconds faster than the No. 2 performer in history, Denmark’s Lotte Friis.

Men’s 800 Freestyle Relay

World Record: United States (2009) 6:58.55
2016 Olympic Champion: United States (Dwyer, Haas, Lochte, Phelps) 7:00.66
Most Titles: United States (17)
Biggest Victory Margin: 21.0 Seconds (United States Over Australia)
Historical Note: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte were members of each United States gold-medal winning 800 freestyle relay in 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016.

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