Olympics: Day Two Finals Heat Sheets Posted; First Ledecky-Titmus Showdown Highlights Busy Morning

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Olympics: Day Two Finals Heat Sheets Posted; First Ledecky-Titmus Showdown Highlights Busy Morning

The heat sheets have been posted for second morning of finals action at the 2021 Olympics. Beginning at 10:30 a.m. Tokyo time Monday morning (9:30 p.m. ET/6:30 p.m. PT Sunday in the USA), the session will include finals action in the women’s 100 butterfly, men’s 100 breaststroke, women’s 400 freestyle and men’s 400 freestyle relay, as well as four different semifinals.

Leading things off will be the women’s 100 butterfly, seemingly a wide-open heat that will feature China’s Zhang Yufei as the top seed, with Marie WattelEmma McKeonSarah SjostromTorri Huske and Maggie MacNeil in close pursuit. Next, Adam Peaty will be on the hunt for another world record as he seeks to defend his gold medal in the men’s 100 breast, and then we will see the first Katie LedeckyAriarne Titmus showdown of the Tokyo Games in the 400 free final. Both swimmers won their preliminary heats to set up the match race, with Ledecky seeded first in lane four and Titmus seeded third in lane three.

The evening will conclude with the men’s 400 free relay final, and Italy will be the top seed after a dominant performance in prelims, with Caeleb Dressel set to join the second-seeded U.S. team for his Olympic debut. Meanwhile, the Russian Olympic Committee had been considered a strong gold medal contender, but that squad barely qualified for the final after finishing eighth (by just 0.04 over Great Britain), so we’ll see if the Russians can mount a medal charge from lane eight.

The semifinals on tap include the women’s 100 back, where three different swimmers (Kylie Masse, then Regan Smith, then Kaylee McKeown) all broke the Olympic record during prelims. The men’s 100 back saw Kliment Kolesnikov roar to the top qualifying mark in prelims, while Tatjana Schoenmaker posted a surprising Olympic record in the women’s 100 breast. Schoenmaker will swim next to defending gold medalist Lilly King in the second semifinal Monday morning. The 200 free will also feature a deep chase for finals spots after Hwang Sun-Woo set a world junior record in prelims.

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