Olympics: Day Four Prelims Heat Sheets Up; Dressel Begins Individual Slate With 100 Free

Caeleb Dressel -- Photo Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

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Olympics: Day Four Prelims Heat Sheets Up; Dressel Begins Individual Slate With 100 Free

The Olympic swimming competition rolls on with three days of competition already complete and five more events cued up for Tuesday evening in Japan at 7 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET in the U.S.). Because of the way the schedule falls, four of the five events will be men’s races, and the heat sheet for that session is now available. The schedule includes the men’s 100 freestyle, women’s 200 butterfly, men’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 800 freestyle relay and men’s 800 freestyle.

Caeleb Dressel, who led off the U.S. men’s 400 free relay squad Monday morning and helped the Americans earn a gold medal, will be the top seed in the men’s 100 free. He will be in heat nine along with Alessandro Miressi and 16-year-old David Popovici, while defending Olympic gold medalist Kyle Chalmers will swim in heat eight. European champion Kliment Kolesnikov and Zach Apple, who anchored that U.S. men’s relay to gold, will be in heat seven.

The women’s 200 fly, meanwhile, has only 17 swimmers competing, so all but one of the swimmers will advance to the semifinals. 100 fly silver medalist Zhang Yufei is the top seed, followed by 400 IM bronze medalist Hali Flickinger.

World-record holder Anton Chupkov of the Russian Olympic Committee leads the way in the men’s 200 breast, while the two men who have challenged his world record this year, Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook and Japan’s Shoma Sato, will each be in separate heats.

The men’s 800 free relay will see the Russian Olympic Committee and Italy in heat one, while top-seeded and world champion Australia, four-time defending champion United States and pre-meet favorite Great Britain will all be in the second and final heat.

Finally, the men’s 800 free will make its Olympic debut with Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri entering as the reigning world champion and top seed in the event. This will be Paltrinieri’s first swim in Tokyo after dealing with mononucleosis last month. 400 free silver medalist Jack McLoughlin is seeded fourth, and Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui, the shocking gold medalist in the 400 free, will enter seeded eighth.