Swimming Olympics odds
The newly built Tokyo Aquatics Centre was unveiled, marking the completion of all venues built for the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics. Construction on the ¥56.7 billion venue was completed in February.
The state-of-the-art arena, located in Tatsumi Seaside Park in Tokyo’s Koto Ward, will host swimming, artistic swimming and diving during next summer’s Tokyo Games.
Around the world, nations are setting and finalizing their rosters for the Tokyo Summer Olympics. We’re keeping track of every roster we can find in this handy index.
Around the USA Swimming offices and in training pools across the country, athletes, coaches and swimming officials alike are calling it the “Tokyo Twist.” It’s not a two-step or a line dance, though there is some shuffling involved and swimmers are eager to find a good rhythm.
At these Summer Olympics, the swimming finals will be staged each morning in Tokyo, which will allow television broadcasters to present races live in prime time in the United States. Morning finals are a rarity in the sport; swimmers are much more accustomed to starting their day with qualifying races and saving their fastest times for evening finals.
In truth, many of the top American swimmers have been preparing for morning finals since Tokyo organizers confirmed the schedule in September 2018. Two-time Olympian Katie Ledecky is eager to go through the motions, beginning with Thursday evening’s 200-meter freestyle preliminary heat. She’ll then get a full night’s rest before returning to the pool Friday morning to race in the event’s final.
Twenty swimmers are set to make their Olympic debuts this summer after being picked as part of an ‘exceptionally high-quality’ Team GB for the rearranged Tokyo 2020 Games. Aimee Willmott is the most experienced Olympics swimmer included as she is set for her third Games, while Peaty, Ben Proud, James Guy, Max Litchfield, Molly Renshaw, Duncan Scott and Ross Murdoch all took part at Rio 2016.
Freya Anderson, Kieran Bird, Kathleen Dawson, Tom Dean, Greenbank, Anna Hopkin, Calum Jarvis, Dan Jervis, Harriet Jones, Joe Litchfield, Jacob Peters, Matthew Richards, Alys Thomas, Sarah Vasey, Jacob Whittle, Wilby, Cassie Wild, Brodie Williams, Alicia Wilson and Abbie Wood are those named in an Olympic team for the first time.
Mac Neil of Canada receives her nomination for the 100m butterfly after scoring one of the biggest upsets in swimming history. She beat the most dominant butterflier in the world, defending Olympic champion Sarah Sjöström of Sweden, to win her world title while setting a Canadian record time in the process. She also won bronze in the 4x100m freestyle and 4x100m medley relays. Tokyo 2020 will mark her Olympic debut.
Australia will take a 35-strong swim team to Tokyo for next month’s Olympics following six-day trials that witnessed a world record, four new Commonwealth marks and a host of national bests. Swimming has long been the medal-winning backbone our Olympic success but Australia claimed 10 medals in the pool (three gold) at the 2016 Games in Rio, the same haul from London four years earlier that included only one gold. Those performances were down on the 20 (six gold) won at Beijing in 2008 and hopes are high the team can edge back towards those lofty heights next month.
The odds on swimming at the Summer Olympics is in the menu.