Top 5 Women’s Swimmers That Can Upset Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/07/2021, 12:34 PM 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 dominance of US swimming teams in the Olympics is quite incredible. Leading the medals tally in swimming for almost all the Olympics, the USA will be a force to reckon, in Tokyo.

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Katie Ledecky hopes to add to her already illustrious career by winning more medals. Despite the talent available in team USA, there are many women swimmers outside the nation, who can create an upset in one or two events in the Olympics.

This list contains the top five female swimmers who are heading to Tokyo Olympics 2021. These five swimmers contain some of the most talented swimmers on the planet.

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Sarah Sjostrom set to compete in Tokyo Olympics 2021

Despite injuring her elbow by falling on ice back in February, Sjostrom has recovered and will compete in Tokyo. Regarded as one of the fastest swimmers in the world, Sjostrom looks to win her second gold medal in the 50-meter freestyle event.

Notably, she won the gold medal in Rio 2016, becoming the first Swedish woman to win Olympic gold in swimming. Quite a remarkable achievement.

However, with Simone Manuel qualifying for the 100-meter freestyle event, the race will be an exciting watch, for the fans in attendance.

Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom celebrates on the podium after she won the Women’s 100m Butterfly Final during the swimming event at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016. / AFP / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo credit should read GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP via Getty Images)

Along with Sjostrom, Cate Campbell is another interesting prospect in the Olympics. The Australian swimmer’s improvement in recent years is quite remarkable.

While winning medals in each of the last three Olympics, Cate looks to compete strongly in the 50 and 100-meter freestyle events in Tokyo. The Malawian-born Australian swimmer looks set to take bring her A-game in Tokyo.

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The golden girl from Australia

Even though Cate Campbell is leading the Australian charge, the 400-meter freestyle event will be the pay-per-view event in this year’s games. Katie Ledecky has shown her dominance in the event throughout the years.

However, during the World Championships in Gwangju, Ariarne Titmus shocked the world to beat Ledecky in the women’s 400-meter freestyle.

What’s more impressive is the fact that she finished a full second ahead of the former world champion. The 20-year-old Tasmanian might be the breakout star in this year’s Olympic games.

Ariarne Titmus reacts after winning the women’s 400m freestyle final, setting a new Australian and Commonwealth record, during day two of the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Adelaide on June 13, 2021(Photo by BRENTON EDWARDS/AFP via Getty Images)

Likewise, Yuliya Yefimova enters the list as another top-class swimmer, heading into Tokyo. Significantly, Yefimova is predicted to take home the gold in the 200-meter breaststroke event. The Russian swimmer will compete in her fourth Olympics after making her debut in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

In the meantime, the ‘Iron Lady’ is back for maybe a last roll of the dice.

Katinka Hosszu is a cult personality in Hungary. She is a three-time Olympic champion and specializes in individual medley events at the games. Since making her debut back in 2004 Athens, Katinka is set to appear in her fifth Olympic games.

Quite remarkable. Widely known as the most versatile swimmer in the world, Hosszu looks to dominate the medley events, yet again. With Kristof Milak in the squad, the Hungarian roster looks good to win medals at Tokyo 2021.

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The Olympics are back and the swimming events are at the forefront of every sports fan’s mind. The odds are in favor of Katie Ledecky to dominate the events, but with the Olympics, nothing is certain.

Ledecky and Titmus’ race is one for the ages as these two talented swimmers look to set the stage on fire.

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Jacob Gijy is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Gijy finished his Masters in Counselling Psychology and worked in a hospital for 2 years before his passion for sports compelled him to find his way to sports journalism. A fan of the great Tim Duncan, he is always ready to pick up a debate with anyone who does not offer the centre the respect he deserves.

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