Caeleb Dressel capped off swimming at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics in historic fashion.
The American swimmer started his morning with an Olympic record and gold medal swim in the 50-meter freestyle at 21.07 and ended it with his fifth gold medal, swimming butterfly on the men’s 4×100 medley relay to help the unit set a world record at 3:26.78. Dressel now joins Mark Spitz, Matt Biondi and Michael Phelps as the only male swimmers to win five gold medals in the same Olympics.
But the spotlight was not his alone. American Bobby Finke picked up his second gold medal of the Olympics with a win in the 1500 freestyle, and the U.S. women placed second in a tight finish against Australia in the women’s 4×100 medley relay. Canada took home bronze in that relay and Penny Oleksiak made Canadian history, winning her seventh career medal to become the most decorated Canadian Summer Olympian of all time.
It was also a big day for Australia’s Emma McKeon. Along with the gold in the medley relay, she also won gold in the 50 freestyle to win her seventh overall medal, becoming the first female swimmer to earn that many in a single Olympics.
Sporting News provided 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)||Australia||United States||Canada|
|10:36 p.m.||Men’s 4×100 medley relay (final)||United States||Great Britain||Italy|
Live swimming updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics
Men’s 4×100 medley relay (final)
10:52 p.m.: This is Dressel’s fifth gold medal during the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
10:52 p.m.: The United States finishes with a new world record at 3:26.78. Great Britain earns silver at 3:27.51 and Italy wins bronze at 3:29.17.
10:50 p.m.: The United States wins the gold medal and keeps the streak alive. They have won all 15 men’s 4×100 medley relays in which they have competed. This race sets a new world record.
10:50 p.m.: Apple is still leading with 50 meters to go.
10:49 p.m.: Dressel puts the United States in first with Apple left now to swim and hold the lead against Great Britain.
10:48 p.m.: Peaty gives the lead to Great Britain. The United States is in third with Italy now in second.
10:48 p.m.: Ryan Murphy delivers a first to the U.S., handing it to Michael Andrew. Watch out for Great Britain’s Adam Peaty.
10:48 p.m.: The U.S. is leading after the first 50 over China and the ROC.
10:47 p.m.: The final event in Olympic swimming is underway.
10:37 p.m.: The United States will swim from the top lane, but don’t be deceived: they’re in this race. Ryan Murphy (backstroke), Michael Andrew (breaststroke), Caeleb Dressel (butterfly) and Zach Apple (freestyle) will race to bring the U.S. a gold in the final event of the night.
Women’s 4×100 medley relay (final)
10:23 p.m.: With Canada earning the bronze medal, Oleksiak becomes the most decorated Summer Olympian in Canadian history.
10:23 p.m.: Australia sets an Olympic record at 3:51.60, with the U.S. coming in second at 3:51.73 and Canada in third at 3:52.60.
10:22 p.m.: Torri Huske puts together a strong swim to hand a 0.25 second lead over Australia and a second over Canada.
10:21 p.m.: Jacoby leaves with the U.S. in the lead, ahead of Australia by a half-second and Canada by about two seconds.
10:20 p.m.: No goggle malfunction for Jacoby, and she gives the United States the lead at the 150 mark.
10:20 p.m.: The United States moves to third with Australia in second and Canada leading. Jacoby off for the Americans.
10:19 p.m.: Canada leads after the first 50, with the United States in second and Australia in third.
10:12 p.m.: The lineup for the Americans will be Regan Smith (backstroke), Lydia Jacoby (breaststroke), Torri Huske (butterfly) and Abbey Weitzeil (freestyle). Canada will send out Kylie Masse (backstroke), Sydney Pickrem (breaststroke), Margaret Mac Neil (butterfly) and Penny Oleksiak (freestyle). Australia will race Kaylee McKeown (backstroke), Chelsea Hodges (breaststroke), Emma McKeon (butterfly) and Cate Campbell (freestyle). Those are your top three units heading into the race, with Canada racing in the fast lane, the U.S. racing in lane five and Australia launching from lane three.
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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