Swimming: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Swimming: Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

One of 5 sports to have been held at every single Modern Olympics, Swimming will be one of the 33 sports to feature at the Tokyo Olympics 2020. What started off as a four-event program in 1896 has evolved into the 37 event program that it is today. As a sport, Swimming dominates the first half of the Olympic Games, with Athletics taking over in the second half. It remains one of the most popular sports and has the largest number of participants. 

BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 12: Kristof Milak of Hungary of Ukraine competes in Men's 200m Butterfly Final at Aquatics Center in the Youth Olympic Park on October 12, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)

The most successful Olympian in Swimming is also the most successful Olympian in Olympics history. Over the span of four Olympics, the USA's Michael Phelps claimed a whopping 27 medals (23 Gold, 3 Silver, 2 Bronze) 

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The most decorated nation in Olympic Swimming is the USA with 549 medals (246 Gold, 169 Silver, 134 Bronze)

Swimming at Tokyo 2020

The Swimming program at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will see the addition of three events. The addition of the 800 m freestyle race will bolster the men's events. The women's events will see the addition of the 1500 m freestyle. Furthermore, a mixed event will take place in Swimming. This will be in the form of the 4x100 m medley relay. This event may pit men against women on certain legs. The order of strokes to be followed for the medley relay is as follows- backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, freestyle. 

Top Swimmers at the Tokyo Olympics

As the most decorated nation in Swimming, Team USA will be expected to run riot in Tokyo as well. The country will send in a 53 person squad to the quadrennial meet. 

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Some of the most prominent names from the men's and women's rosters include- Allison Schmitt, Bobby Finkle, Ryan Murphy, Kieran Smith, Michael Andrew, Alex Walsh, Paige Madden, Brooke Forde, Nic Fink, Michael Brinegar, Blake Pieroni, and Townley Haas. Furthermore, the attention of the world will be on the 15-year-old Katie Grimes. 

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12: Katie Ledecky of United States celebrates winning the women's 800m Freestyle on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Caeleb Dressel will look to claim gold in the 50 m, 100 m freestyle, and the 100 m butterfly events. Other prominent names in the men's events include Daiya Seto and Adam Peaty. 

BUDAPEST, HUNGARY - JULY 27: Caeleb Remel Dressel of United States celebrates after he wins the Men's 100m Freestyle final on day fourteen of the FINA World Championships at the Duna Arena on July 27, 2017 in Budapest, Hungary. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Katie Ledecky will seek to set the pool alight in the 1,500 m freestyle and become the first woman to claim gold in the event. If she wins gold at Tokyo, it will be her third consecutive Olympics with a first-place finish at a single event. Her closest challenger is expected to be Australia's, Ariarne Titmus. 

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Other names to watch out for in the women's swimming events include Sarah Sjostrom, who is a multiple-time world champion. Another name to keep your eyes on is Hungary's Katinka Hosszu.

Types of Swimming

Swimming is differentiated based on different types of strokes. The four strokes used in swimming at the Olympics are as follows. Freestyle, Backstroke, Breaststroke, and Butterfly. In the open water event, swimmers use the freestyle. 

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Competition Format for Swimming at Tokyo 2021

All swimming events will begin with the heats. These will be followed by the semi-finals and/or the finals, depending on the event. However, the marathon swimming will start directly with the finals. 

Schedule for Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021

Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will take place at the Olympics Aquatic Center and the Tokyo Bay. The events will kick off on Day 2 (July 24) and last until Day 14 (August 5)

Men's Swimming

EventHeatsSemi-finalFinal
50 m freestyleJuly 30July 31August 1
100 m freestyleJuly 27July 28July 29
200 m freestyleJuly 25July 26Ju;y 27
400 m freestyleJuly 24-July 25
800 m freestyleJuly 27-July 29
1500 m freestyleJuly 30-August 1
100 m backstrokeJuly 25July 26July 27
200 m backstrokeJuly 28July 29July 30
100 m breaststrokeJuly 24July 25July 26
200 m breaststrokeJuly 27July 28July 29
100 m butterflyJuly 29July 30July 31
200 m butterflyJuly 26July 27July 28
200 m individual medleyJuly 28July 29July 30
400 m individual medleyJuly 24-July 25
4 x 100 m freestyle relayJuly 25-July 26
4 x 200 m freestyle relayJuly 27-July 28
4 x 100 m medley relayJuly 30-August 1
10 km open water--August 5

Women's Swimming

EventHeatsSemi-finalFinal
50 m freestyleJuly 30July 31August 1
100 m freestyleJuly 28July 29July 30
200 m freestyleJuly 26July 27July 28
400 m freestyleJuly 25-July 26
800 m freestyleJuly 29-July 31
1500 m freestyleJuly 26July 28
100 m backstrokeJuly 25July 26July 27
200 m backstrokeJuly 29July 30July 31
100 m breaststrokeJuly 25July 26July 27
200 m breaststrokeJuly 28July 29July 30
100 m butterflyJuly 24July 25July 26
200 m butterflyJuly 27July 28July 29
200 m individual medleyJuly 26July 27July 28
400 m individual medleyJuly 24-July 25
4 x 100 m freestyle relayJuly 24-July 25
4 x 200 m freestyle relayJuly 28-July 29
4 x 100 m medley relayJuly 30-August 1
10 km open water--August 4

Mixed Swimming

EventHeatsSemi-finalFinal
4x100 m medley relayJuly 29-July 31

Venue for Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics 2020-2021 will take place at the Olympics Aquatic Center. This will be the same venue for the Artistic Swimming and Diving competitions too. Furthermore, the marathon swimming will be held at Tokyo Bay. 

VenueOlympics Aquatic Park (Indoor events)

Tokyo Bay (Open Water event)

 

DateJuly 24- August 5
ChannelPeacock TV (US), BBC iPlayer (UK), Eurosport Player (Europe), TSN (Canada), Channel 7 (Australia), Sony LIV (India)
Total Players competing in Swimming at the Tokyo Olympics928
Most medals in the sport (Gold)549 medals (246 Gold, 169 Silver, 134 Bronze)

 

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