Olympics: Day Six Finals Heat Sheets Posted; Thrilling Women’s 100 Free On Tap

Jul 28, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Duncan Scott (GBR) in the men's 200m individual medley heats during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Tokyo Aquatics Centre. Mandatory Credit: Grace Hollars-USA TODAY Sports
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The heat sheets have been posted for sixth 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 four gold-medal finals. Finals will be in the women’s 200 breaststroke, men’s 200 backstroke, women’s 10 freestyle and men’s 200 IM. Semifinals in the men’s 100 butterfly and women’s 200 backstroke also will take place.

The first event of the session is the semifinals of the 100 butterfly as 100 free gold medalist Caeleb Dressel and 200 fly gold medalist Kristof Milak will look to take the top seeds heading into finals.

The first final of the night is the women’s 200 breaststroke. South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker has the top seed in the event, while Americans Annie Lazor and Lilly King will be in the hunt.

The first men’s final of the night is the 200 backstroke. Evgeny Rylov has the top seed, while Americans Ryan Murphy and Bryce Mefford are in the hunt along with Great Britain’s Luke Greenbank.

The Olympics final in the women’s 100 freestyle will be the closest contested race of the session with seven of the eight finalists within six tenths of a second during prelims. Australia’s Emma McKeon has the top seed and will aim for individual gold, while Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey is looking to build on Hong Kong’s first ever swimming medal, which she won in the 200 free. She has the second seed. Meanwhile, Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom is the world record holder in the event and Canada’s Penny Oleksiak is the defending Olympic Gold Medalist. That still leaves sprinting stars Cate Campbell, Abbey Weitzeil, Femke Heemskerk and Anna Hopkin, all looking to get their hand on the wall first.

The men’s 200 IM will see a showdown between Great Britain’s Duncan Scott, China’s Wang Shun, Japan’s Daiya Seto and USA’s Michael Andrew, while it is the last Olympic final for Laszlo Cseh before his retirement.

The final individual event is the women’s 200 backstroke semifinals where Americans Rhyan White and Phoebe Bacon will look to crack into the top eight with familiar faces Taylor Ruck and Kylie Masse of Canada and Kaylee McKeown and Emily Seebohm of Australia.