Tokyo Olympics 2021: Men’s Swimming Event Predictions and More

Published 07/09/2021, 11:49 AM EDT
TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterdays announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics will be postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)


The swimming events in Tokyo Olympics 2021 will start on Jul 24th. The swimming event is one of the most-watched events in the Olympic games.

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Even though Michael Phelps retired from the sport after Rio Olympics, new swimmers have taken his place to be regarded as the best. Notably, Caeleb Dressel is the favorite to win the men’s events this time around.

Apart from Dressel, Chalmers, Seto, and Peaty are other talented swimmers to take part in this year’s Olympics. These are the predictions for men’s swimming events in Tokyo Olympics.

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OMAHA, NEBRASKA – JUNE 20: Caeleb Dressel reacts during the Men’s 50m freestyle medal ceremony during Day Eight of the 2021 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CHI Health Center on June 20, 2021 in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Caeleb Dressel will be on fire at Tokyo Olympics 2021

50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly events: Caeleb Dressel

No other swimmer in the world is as famous as Caeleb Dressel. The 24-year-old swimmer has taken the mantle from Michael Phelps to be the best swimmer in the world.

Having won a record 8 medals in the World Championships in Gwangju, Dressel looks set to dominate in Tokyo. He looks to tie Mark Spitz’s record of seven gold medals in a single Olympic event. Participating in four relay events, Dressel hopes to steal the show in Tokyo.

200-meter freestyle & 400-meter freestyle: Danas Rapsys & Elijah Winnington

With Sun Yang banned from the Tokyo Olympics, the 200 and 400-meter freestyle events are blown wide out of proportion. The 200-meter freestyle is expected to be won by Lithuanian, Danas Rapsys.

Even though he was disqualified for an early start in Gwangju, Rapsys will look to make amends this time around. On the other hand, Mack Horton failed to qualify for the 400-meter freestyle event as he got knocked out in the trails by Elijah Winnington. The 21-year-old looks to leave his mark in Tokyo.

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY – JULY 30: Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy celebrates victory in the Men’s 1500m Freestyle Final on day seventeen of the Budapest 2017 FINA World Championships on July 30, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

800-meter freestyle & 1500-meter freestyle: Gregorio Paltrinieri

No other swimmer comes close to Gregorio Paltrinieri in the 800 and 1500 freestyle events. The Italian swimmer won the gold medal in the World Championships in 2019, by setting a new European record of 7:39:27 in the 800-meter freestyle event.

Even though Florian Wellbrock from Germany looks to be a tough competitor, Gregorio hopes to take home the event this time around.

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100-meter & 200-meter backstroke events: Evgeny Rylov

The Russian backstroke specialist, Evgeny Rylov hopes to win the backstroke events in Tokyo. Moreover, the Russian swimmer won the bronze medal in Rio Olympics 2016 and won the gold medal in the 200-meter backstroke event in Gwangju.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – AUGUST 07: Adam Peaty of Great Britain celebrates winning gold and setting a new world record in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke Final on Day 2 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 7, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

100-meter breaststroke & 200-meter breaststroke events: Adam Peaty & Anton Chupkov

Similar to Paltrinieri, Adam Peaty is a breaststroke legend. The technique possessed by Britain’s best swimmer becomes the key offense in the stroke.

However, the 200-meter breaststroke event predicts a new winner in Anton Chupkov. Chupkov claimed the gold medal in the 2019 World Championships and looks to win it again in Tokyo.

200-meter butterfly event: Kristof Milak

The swimmer from Hungary, Kristof Milak, is the current world record holder for the 200-meter butterfly event. Milak set a world record time of 1:50:73 in the World Championships in Gwangju.

Even though there are good competitors in the event, Milak is the outright favorite to win the event.

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – AUGUST 19: Gold medallist Daiya Seto of Japan celebrate during the victory ceremony of the men’s 200m butterfly swimming event on day one of the Asian Games on August 19, 2018 in Jakarta, Indonesia. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)

200 & 400-meter individual medley: Daiya Seto

The local boy from Japan hoped to perform in front of what would have been a raucous crowd. But, the Japanese government restricted fans from entering the venues as a result of the pandemic.

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But Daiya Seto will win the medley again because he is simply outstanding in the event. Having won two gold medals in Gwangju, Seto hopes to win the event yet again.

Like the women’s relay events, the men’s relay events will be a tough battle between the USA, Australia, and even Russia. But, there are many good swimmers from Hungary who have risen to the top and hope to win the events in Tokyo.

Despite all the problems, the Tokyo Olympics will be an entertaining event.

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