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Olympics swimming live results, updates, highlights from Day 1 at 2021 Tokyo Games

The first set of Olympic swimming gold medals will be handed out Saturday night. 

The field has already experienced major shake-ups in the first round of events. Japanese star Daiya Seto missed the final of the 400-meter individual medley, while Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys (400 freestyle) and Kazakhstan’s Dmitriy Baladin (100 breaststroke) also missed the cut. 

It was a great round of swimming for the Americans, however. Every swimmer and relay unit advanced to the semifinals or finals in their respective events. 

There will be four finals races Saturday, including the always-thrilling women’s 4×100 freestyle relay. Be sure to keep an eye on American swimmer Emma Weyant in the 400 individual medley; she swam the top preliminary time, 4:33.55. Olympic and world record-holder Katinka Hosszu finished seventh at 4:36.01. 

Sporting News will be providing live updates and highlights of each Olympic swimming event Saturday. 

MORE: Watch the 2021 Olympics live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

Olympics swimming results

Saturday, July 24

Time (ET) Event Winner 2nd 3rd
9:30 p.m. Men’s 400 Individual Medley (Final) Chase Kalisz (U.S.A.) Jay Litherland (U.S.A.) Brendon Smith (Australia)
9:40 p.m. Women’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinal 1) Marie Wattel (France) Emma McKeon (Australia) Torri Huske (U.S.A.)
9:46 p.m. Women’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinal 2) Zhang Yufei (China) Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden) Maggie MacNeil (Canada)
9:52 p.m. Men’s 400 Freestyle (Final) Ahmed Hafnaoui (Tunisia) Jack McLoughlin (Australia) Kieran Smith (U.S.A.)
10:12 p.m. Women’s 400 Individual Medley (Final)
10:33 p.m. Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinal 1)
10:39 p.m. Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinal 2)
10:45 p.m. Women’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay (Final)

Live swimming updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics

Men’s 400 freestyle (final)

10:01 p.m.: The final times: Hafnaoui at 3:43.26, McLoughlin at 3:43.52 and Smith at 3:43.94. They were the only swimmers under 3:44. Mitchell places eighth at 3:45.39. 

9:59 p.m.: Hafnaoui just out-reached McLoughlin to win the gold medal in the 400 freestyle. Smith gives the U.S. another medal as he finishes third. 

9:58 p.m.: The youngest swimmer in the race, Tunisia’s Ahmed Hafnaoui, has stuck around in second almost consistently since the first 100 wrapped up. 

9:57 p.m.: A new Australian takes over the lead with Jack McLoughlin now taking the top spot in the race at the 200 meter mark. 

9:56 p.m.: Elijah Winnington (Australia) holding his lead though after the first 100. He’s going to be one of the toughest swimmers to beat in this race. 

9:55 p.m.: After the first 50, Smith and Mitchell are second and third. 

9:53 p.m.: Can American swimmers Kieran Smith and Jake Mitchell make it four American medals in the first two Olympic finals of swimming? They’re racing now in the 400 free. 

Women’s 100 butterfly (semifinals)

9:50 p.m.: China’s Zhang Yufei (55.89), Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom (56.40) and Canada’s Maggie MacNeil (56.56) take the top three spots in the second semifinal. Huske will make it on to the finals in the 100 butterfly. 

9:49 p.m.: The second semifinal is underway, and the swimmers compete knowing what times they’ll need to hit to reach the final. 

9:48 p.m.: After the first semifinal in the 100 butterfly, France’s Marie Wattel placed first at 56.16, with Australia’s Emma McKeon at 56.33 for second and U.S. swimmer Tori Tuske in third at 56.51. American Claire Curzan was fifth at 57.42. 

Men’s 400 IM (final)

9:40 p.m.: The final top three are Kalisz at 4:09.42, Litherland at 4:10.28 and Australia’s Brendon Smith at 4:10.38. 

9:37 p.m.: With Phelps watching one of his old events, Kalisz wins the gold medal in the Olympics and Jay Litherland finishes second to give the U.S. both of the top two finishers. 

9:36 p.m.: Kalisz expanding out to a big lead in the 400 IM heading into freestyle. He finished the breaststroke portion of the 400 IM at 3:09.47 with Clareburt 2.47 seconds behind him. 

9:35 p.m.: USA’s Chase Kalisz has a strong performance on backstroke to come in second 0.34 seconds behind Australia’s Lewis Clareburt for the lead after back. 

9:34 p.m.: France’s Leon Marchand takes the early lead at 56.14 after the first 100 in the butterfly. 

9:33 p.m.: And they’re off. The first swimming final race in the 2021 Olympics is underway. 

9:30 p.m.: Have you missed Michael Phelps at the Olympics? He’s in the booth to provide analysis for the races tonight. 

Olympics swimming schedule 2021

With the exception of July 31, each day will begin with heats starting at 6 a.m. ET and will end with finals races starting at 9:30 p.m. ET. USA Network will carry the heats in the United States and NBC will have the finals, while CBC will provide coverage of both in Canada. 

Those in the United States hoping to see replays of the qualifying heats can tune in to NBC every afternoon to see how swimmers performed earlier in the morning. 

Saturday, July 24

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Sunday, July 25

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Monday, July 26

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Tuesday, July 27

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Wednesday, July 28

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Thursday, July 29

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Friday, July 30

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Heats 6 a.m. USA CBC
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC

Saturday, July 31

Event Time (ET) Channel (U.S.) Channel (Canada)
Finals 9:30 p.m. NBC CBC


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