It’s time for the final day of Olympic swimming, and this final day looks poised to provide plenty of drama.
The United States is running away with the total medal count — 26 to Australia’s 18 — but the race for gold remains close. The Americans have eight such medals, with the Aussies claiming seven.
Fortunately for U.S. swim fans, Caeleb Dressel is expected to swim in a pair of events on Saturday. He will race the first event, the men’s 50-meter freestyle, and should be on either of the butterfly or freestyle leg of the men’s 4×100 medley relay to end the night. American Abbey Weitzeil will swim in the sixth lane of the women’s 50 freestyle, but Australian Emma McKeon is favored to win the event and pick up her second gold medal.
Then the U.S. will have Bobby Finke go for his second distance freestyle gold when he races as the second seed in the 1500 freestyle. After that are the women’s 4×100 medley relay and the men’s 4×100 medley relay. Both are expected to be close finishes, with the U.S., Canada and Australia vying for medals in each of the two events.
Sporting News will be providing live updates and highlights from each event during the eighth day of Olympic swimming finals.
Olympics swimming results
|9:30 p.m.||Men’s 50 freestyle (final)||Caeleb Dressel (United States)||Florent Manaudou (France)||Bruno Fratus (Brazil)|
|9:37 p.m.||Women’s 50 freestyle (final)||Emma McKeon (Australia)||Sarah Sjoestroem (Sweden)||Pernille Blume (Denmark)|
|9:44 p.m.||Men’s 1500 freestyle (final)||Bobby Finke (United States)||Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine)||Florian Wellbrock (Germany)|
|10:15 p.m.||Women’s 4×100 medley relay (final)||—||—||—|
|10:36 p.m.||Men’s 4×100 medley relay (final)||—||—||—|
Live swimming updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics
Men’s 1500 freestyle (final)
10:02 p.m.: Finke finishes at 14:39.65, Romanchuk is second at 14:40.66 and Wellbrock is third at 14:40.91.
10:01 p.m.: Finke has won his second gold medal, flying past Wellbrock. Romanchuk takes silver and Wellbrock takes the bronze.
10:01 p.m.: Finke moves into second place alone on the final turn.
10:01 p.m.: 100 meters to go, Finke has moved into a tie for second behind Wellbrock.
10:00 p.m.: It seems to be moving toward just Wellbrock, Romanchuk and Finke. And with Finke having already shown how he can close on the 800, Wellbrock’s lead feels anything but safe.
9:59 p.m.: With 300 meters left, the top four are still separated by just over a second and a half. The top three, however, are only separated by just over a half-second.
9:56 p.m.: 500 meters to go, and this race could still go to anyone in the top four, which has remain unchanged for a while now.
9:55 p.m.; This race seems to now be down to the four swimmers in the middle. Wellbrock is leading, Romanchuk in second, Finke in third and Paltrinieri is in fourth.
9:54 p.m.: Finke has been in third for about 200 meters now, but Wellbrock hasn’t given up his spot in the lead halfway through the race. Romanchuk in third.
9:52 p.m.: This is an incredibly close race between everyone in the top five, who are all separated by less than two seconds through 600 meters.
9:52 p.m.: A third of the way through the race, Wellbrock has kept up his lead in the race. Ukrainian Mykhailo Romanchuk has moved up to third with Paltrinieri in third and Finke in fourth.
9:50 p.m.: The top six is all within a body’s length of one another. Wellbrock takes the lead at the 300-meter mark over Paltrinieri, but Finke in third is less than a second back.
9:48 p.m.: Finke is up to third after 150 meters. Paltrinieri, the reigning Olympic champion in the event, has about a one second lead in this race.
9:47 p.m.: Finke starts the race off in fourth behind Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri, Great Britain’s Daniel Jervis and Germany’s Florian Wellbrock after the first 50.
9:45 p.m.: Bobby Finke won the 800 freestyle. He’s now looking to pick up his second gold medal. He’ll be swimming out of the fifth lane in the longest distance race on the men’s side.
Women’s 50 freestyle (final)
9:40 p.m.: Australia’s Emma McKeon sets an Olympic record with the gold-winning time of 23.81. Sweden’s Sarah Sjoestroem takes the silver at 24.07 and Blume takes the bronze at 23.81. Weitzeil finishes eighth at 24.41.
9:39 p.m.: Denmark’s Pernille Blume is off to the fastest start at 0.62 off the block.
9:39 p.m.: Abbey Weitzeil will be the lone American racing in the 50 freestyle.
Men’s 50 freestyle (final)
9:34 p.m.: France’s Florent Manaudou finishes silver at 21.55 and Brazil’s Bruno Fratus takes third at 21.57.
9:33 p.m.: Dressel wins the 50-meter freestyle with an Olympic record time of 21.07. Andrew finishes fourth at 21.60.
9:33 p.m.: Dressel is off the block at 0.63.
9:29 p.m.: Two Americans racing in the 50-meter freestyle final. Caeleb Dressel is the favorite as he races in the fast lane, looking for his fourth gold medal. Michael Andrew is swimming in lane seven, hoping for his first medal of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
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 up at 9:30 p.m. ET each day. The USA Network will carry the heats in the United States and NBC will have the finals, while CBC will provide coverage of both events in Canada.
Those in the United States hoping to see replays of the qualifying heats can tune into NBC every afternoon to see how swimmers performed earlier in the morning.
Saturday, July 31
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