Olympics: Day Four Finals Heat Sheets; Ledecky in Two Finals

Jul 27, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Katie Ledecky (USA) after the women's 200m freestyle heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
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Olympics: Day Four Finals Heat Sheets; Ledecky in Two Finals

The heat sheets have been posted for fourth 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 first time since the Olympics were stretched out over eight days and semifinals were added at the 2000 Games. Finals on the agenda include the women’s 200 freestyle, men’s 200 butterfly, women’s 200 IM, women’s 1500 freestyle and men’s 800 freestyle relay. Both the 200 free and 1500 free feature Katie Ledecky, the seven-time Olympic medalist aiming for her first gold in Tokyo.

Ledecky will be a clear underdog to Ariarne Titmus in the 200 free as Titmus will take a shot at the world record as she tries to win her second gold of this meet, but Ledecky should be well ahead of the field in the 1500 free final, with that event on the docket for the Games for the first time ever. The other women’s final, the 200 IM, will be a wide open affair with less experienced swimmers holding the top four seeds: the USA’s Kate Douglass and Alex Walsh, Great Britain’s Abbie Wood and China’s Yu Yiting. Japan’s Yui Ohashi, the gold medalist in the 400 IM earlier this week, will be seeded fifth, and defending champion Katinka Hosszu is seventh as she looks to get her first medal in Tokyo.

The men’s finals will see Kristof Milak as an overwhelming favorite in the men’s 200 fly, and Great Britain could challenge the world record in the men’s 800 free relay, where 200 free 1-2 finishers Tom Dean and Duncan Scott will lead the Brits towards a presumptive gold medal.

Semifinal action during the session will feature Caeleb Dressel as the second seed behind Italy’s Thomas Ceccon in the men’s 100 free along with competitive fields in the women’s 200 fly and men’s 200 breast.