Olympics: Day Five Finals Heat Sheets; Dressel Faces Kolesnikov and Chalmers in 100 Free Final

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Olympics: Day Five Finals Heat Sheets; Dressel Faces Kolesnikov and Chalmers in 100 Free Final

The heat sheets have been posted for fifth morning of finals action at the 2021 Olympics. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tokyo time Tuesday morning (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT Monday in the USA), the two-hour session will include five gold-medal finals for the second straight day. It will begin with the first-ever Olympic final of the men’s 800 freestyle, followed by finals in the men’s 200 breaststroke , women’s 200 butterfly, men’s 100 freestyle and women’s 800 freestyle relay. Four semifinals, in the women’s 100 freestyle, men’s 200 backstroke, women’s 200 breaststroke and men’s 200 IM, will also be contested.

Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk is the top seed in the 800 free, just ahead of Germany’s Florian Wellbrock and the USA’s Bobby Finke, while 400 free silver medalist Jack McLoughlin will swim in lane seven and world champion Gregorio Paltrinieri barely got into the final as the eighth qualifier after battling mononucleosis last month.

In the men’s 200 breaststroke, another favorite will be in the outside lane as world-record holder and two-time world champion Anton Chupkov qualified only seventh for the final. Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook is the top seed, with the chase pack consisting of Great Britain’s James Wilby, the Netherlands’ Arno Kamminga and the USA’s Nic Fink.

China’s Zhang Yufei will look to do one better than her silver medal in the 100 butterfly as she is the top seed in the women’s 200 fly, with world champion Boglarka Kapas of Hungary and the American duo of Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith close behind.

And in the most anticipated event of the day, American Caeleb Dressel will aim to win his first individual Olympic gold medal — and his first individual Olympic medal of any color — in the 100 free. He swam a 47.23 in the semifinal, at the time the quickest in the world, but Russia’s Kliment Kolesnikov swam faster with a 47.11, and Australian defending champion Kyle Chalmers will surely mount a push as well.

To conclude the night, Australia’s women are favored to earn a gold medal (as they have every day of swimming so far) in the women’s 800 free relay. The Aussies may insert a completely new squad for the final, with 200 and 400 free gold medalist Ariarne Titmus, versatile relay star Emma McKeonMadison Wilson and Leah Neale set to join the squad. The second-seeded Americans will bring in Katie Ledecky and Allison Schmitt, while third seed Canada still has Penny Oleksiak and Summer McIntosh available.

Top seeds for the semifinals include McKeon in the women’s 100 free, Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank in the men’s 200 back, South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker in the women’s 200 breast (after setting an Olympic record in prelims) and the USA’s Michael Andrew in the men’s 200 IM.

Of note, both Canada’s Kayla Sanchez and the Netherlands’ Ranomi Kromowidjojo scratched out of the 100 freestyle semifinals. Sanchez originally finished 10th and Kromowidjojo tied for 16th. So France’s Marie Wattel, who tied with Kromowidjojo for the last spot, got in without a swim-off, and then two swimmers who originally tied for 18th place, the USA’s Erika Brown and China’s Wu Qingfeng, swam off for the last spot. Brown dominated that swim-off, winning 53.51 to 54.47.

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    Apparently Kayla Sanchez scratched Semi-final of 100 Free (as well as Kromowidjojo), likely to rest for insertion into Canadian 4×200 Free Relay in finals. In any event, after winning her swim-off Erika Brown is listed in the finals sheet, Semi 1 of 2, lane 8.