Olympics: Day Seven Heat Sheets Available; Qualifying Concludes Friday Evening

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Gregorio Paltrinieri, Bobby Finke & Mykhailo Romanchuk (left to right) won Olympic medals in the men's 800 free, and they will be among the favorites in the 1500 free -- Photo Courtesy: Rob Schumacher/USA Today Sports

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Olympics: Day Seven Heat Sheets Available; Qualifying Concludes Friday Evening

The last evening of swimming prelims competition at the Tokyo Olympics will begin Friday evening at 7 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET in the U.S.). The schedule includes the men’s and women’s 50 freestyle races, followed by the men’s 1500 freestyle and the women’s and men’s 400 medley relays. The 50 freestyle semifinals will be conducted Saturday morning during the second-to-last session of the Olympics, and the finals in all five events will conclude the swimming portion of the Tokyo Olympics Sunday morning.

Caeleb Dressel will kick off his last indivdual event of the Olympics with the 50 free, where he is the top seed with a twice-achieved time of 21.04, and he will have Great Britain’s Ben Proud and France’s Florent Manaudou, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the event, on either side of him in heat 10. Russia’s Vladimir Morozov is seeded second, while 100 free bronze medalist and 100 back silver medalist Kliment Kolesnikov will be in an outside lane in his heat.

The 11 heats of the women’s 50 free will feature a competitive field led by world-record holder Sarah Sjostrom, defending Olympic champion Pernille Blume, Australians Emma McKeon and Cate Campbell and 2019 world champion Simone Manuel of the U.S. in her only individual event of these Games.

In the 1500 free, the USA’s Bobby Finke, the shocking gold medalist in the men’s 800 free, will compete in the fourth and final heat with his two fellow 800-meter medalists, Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri and Poland’s Mykhailo Romanchuk, also in that heat. World champion Florian Wellbrock of Germany, who actually led the 800 with 50 meters to go before rapidly falling to fourth, will be in heat three.

Finally, the United States women will be the top seed in the women’s 400 medley relay, with Australia, Canada and China among the potential challengers. Great Britain will be the first seed in the men’s 400 medley relay, but it’s unclear if Adam Peaty will compete in prelims or if fellow 100 breast finalist James Wilby might fill in. But Peaty will be expected to provide a huge leg in the final, and he must do that for Britain to again take down the U.S. men.