One of the most anticipated showdowns of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics is set to take place Sunday night. 

United States star swimmer Katie Ledecky will be competing in the women’s 400-meter freestyle, but this year it won’t be a given that she’s taking home the gold. Australia’s Ariarne Titmus has been the fastest swimmer in the world in the event in 2021. Even with Ledecky posting the faster time in the prelims, this race could go to either swimmer. 

That will not be the lone final event on the night. World record-holder Adam Peaty (Great Britain) will go for the gold in the men’s 100 breaststroke and Torri Huske will hope to add to the American medal count when she swims the final of the women’s 100 butterfly. The night will wrap up with the United States men locked in a close battle with Italy and Australia to claim the gold medal in the 4×100 freestyle relay. 

Sporting News will be providing live updates and highlights from each event during the second day of Olympic swimming finals. 

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Olympics swimming results

Time (ET) Event Winner 2nd 3rd
9:30 p.m. Women’s 100 Butterfly (Final) Maggie Mac Neil (Canada) Zhang Yufei (China) Emma McKeon (Australia)
9:37 p.m. Men’s 200 Freestyle (Semifinal 1) Martin Malyutin (Russia) David Popovici (Romania) Fernando Scheffer (Brazil)
9:43 p.m. Men’s 200 Freestyle (Semifinal 2) Duncan Scott (Great Britain) Kieran Smith (United States) Danas Rapsys (Lithuania)
9:50 p.m. Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinal 1) Lydia Jacoby (United States) Sophie Hansson (Sweden) Yuliya Efimova (Russia)
9:56 p.m. Women’s 100 Breaststroke (Semifinal 2) Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa) Lilly King (United States) Martina Carraro (Italy)
10:12 p.m. Men’s 100 Breaststroke (Final) Adam Peaty (Great Britain) Arno Kamminga (Netherlands) Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy)
10:20 p.m. Women’s 400 Freestyle (Final)
10:31 p.m. Men’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinal 1)
10:37 p.m. Men’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinal 2)
10:53 p.m. Women’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinal 1)
10:59 p.m. Women’s 100 Backstroke (Semifinal 2)
11:05 p.m. Men’s 4×100 Freestyle Relay (Final)

Live swimming updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics

Women’s 400 freestyle final

10:27 p.m.: It is Titmus for the gold medal. She has defeated Ledecky in the 400 freestyle. Li Bingjie (China) takes third in the race. 

10:26 p.m.: Titmus is now leading heading into the final stretch. 

10:26 p.m.: Titmus has gained on Ledecky. The lead is down to 0.16 seconds. They are neck and neck with 100 to go. 

10:25 p.m.: Ledecky keeps extending out her lead. She’s now up 0.66 seconds on Titmus through the 250 mark. 

10:24 p.m.: Ledecky’s lead is up to about a half second on the 150.

10:24 p.m.: Ledecky has pulled ahead with Titmus and McIntosh right behind her. 

10:23 p.m.: Canada’s Summer McIntosh is the leader after the first 50. 

10:23 p.m.: The race of the night is off. 

10:19 p.m.: Katie Ledecky. Ariarne Titmus. Who will win the Olympic gold in the 400 freestyle? Titmus won it in the most recent world championships, but Ledecky holds the world and Olympic records in the race. 

Men’s 100 breaststroke final

10:18 p.m.: It won’t be a world or Olympic record, but Adam Peaty wins gold at 57.37. Kamminga was second at 58.00 and Martinenghi is third at 58.33. Andrew just misses by about a half-second with a time of 58.84. 

10:16 p.m.: Peaty does win the gold medal in the 100 breaststroke. Arno Kamminga (Netherlands) wins silver and Nicolo Martinenghi (Italy) earns the bronze medal. Michael Andrew (U.S.) finishes fourth in the race. 

10:16 p.m.: Peaty leads after the first 50 meters in the race. 

10:15 p.m.: The swimmers are off. 

10:13 p.m.: World and Olympic record-holder Adam Peaty has all of the top 15 times in the 100 breaststroke ever. He seems poised to make it a second straight Olympic gold medal shortly. 

Women’s 100 breaststroke (semifinal 2)

10:02 p.m.: Schoenmaker has the top overall time at 1:05.07, followed by King at 1:05.40 and Jacoby’s time of 1:05.72 in the first heat. Carraro’s third-place time of 1:06.50 earns the No. 7 spot. 

10:00 p.m.: South Africa’s Tatjana Schoenmaker hits the wall before King to win the semifinal. Both will advance to the final in the race as the two went No. 1 and 2. Italy’s Martina Carraro is third. 

9:59 p.m.: Could reigning gold medalist Lilly King return to the Olympics in the 100 breaststroke? She starts her race now. 

Women’s 100 breaststroke (semifinal 1)

9:55 p.m.: Jacoby’s time of 1:05.72 is the mark to beat so far. Hansson is second at 1:05.81 and Efimova is third at 1:06.34. 

9:54 p.m.: At the 50, Jacoby was fourth. She puts together a strong finish to win the semifinal with Sweden’s Sophie Hansson placing second and Russia’s Yuliya Efimova coming in third.

9:52 p.m.: Watch out for the first Alaskan swimmer to qualify for the Olympics, Lydia Jacoby. She had a great swim in the prelims to earn the second overall fastest time at 1:05.52. 

Men’s 200 freestyle (semifinal 2)

9:49 p.m.: Scott’s time of 1:44.60 makes him the top seeded swimmer overall in the 200 freestyle final. Smith will be second with his time of 1:45.07 and Rapsys is third at 1:45.32. Only three swimmers from the first semifinal reached the final in the 200 freestyle, which means Haas will miss the cut. 

9:48 p.m.: Scott wins the second semifinal and Smith finishes second. Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys places third in the race. 

9:47 p.m.: Smith is ahead after the first 100, leading the two swimmers from Great Britain, Duncan Scott and Tom Dean. 

9:46 p.m.: Kieran Smith racing in the top lane in the second semifinal. 

Men’s 200 freestyle (semifinal 1)

9:43 p.m.: The top time in the race was Malyutin at 1:45.45. Popovici (1:45.68), Scheffer (1:45.71) and Australia’s Thomas Neill (1:45.74) all under 1:46. Haas sits at 1:46.07 and was still just over 0.6 seconds off from first. 

9:41 p.m.: Russia’s Martin Malyutin and Romanian David Popovici is second. Scheffer places third and Haas is fifth. It was a close race, but he’s in a tough spot hoping to qualify for the final in this event. 

9:40 p.m.: After the first 100, Brazil’s Fernando Scheffer leads the field. 

9:40 p.m.: First round of semifinalists racing in the 200 freestyle. Townley Haas is the U.S.’s representative in this semi. 

Women’s 100 butterfly (final)

9:35 p.m.: This race was extremely close. Top six swimmers separated by less than a second. Mac Neil’s time of 55.59 is the winner, with Yufei in second at 55.64, McKeon in third at 55.72 and Huske in fourth at 55.73. 

9:33 p.m.: Canada’s Maggie Mac Neil wins an incredibly close race in the 100 butterfly, coming in just ahead of China’s Zhang Yufei and Australia’s Emma McKeon. American Torri Huske places fourth. 

9:33 p.m.: The first final of the night begins. 

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 in the morning. 

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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