The biggest stars in American swimming will be racing in a packed day of action on Wednesday. 

Caeleb Dressel, one of the world’s best sprint swimmers, competes in the final for the men’s 100 freestyle, hoping to not only win gold and take down the world record, but hold off ROC’s Kliment Kolesnikov. American distance freestyle swimmer Bobby Finke will race in the first-ever Olympic men’s 800 freestyle, while Nic Fink will face off against a tough field in the men’s 200 breaststroke. 

The women’s side will also see some of the most prominent names in the sport facing off against one another. Australia, Canada and the U.S. will clash in the women’s 4×200 freestyle relay, which will be the third clash between Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky. In that race, talents include Allison Schmitt (USA), Penny Oleksiak (Canada), Summer McIntosh (Canada) and Emma McKeon (Australia). And a pair of U.S. women will swim in the top four seeds in the women’s 200 butterfly with Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith poised to race against China’s Zhang Yufei and Hungary’s Boglarka Kapas for the gold. 

Sporting News will provide live updates and highlights from each event during the fifth day of Olympic swimming finals. 

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Olympics swimming results

Time (ET) Event Winner 2nd 3rd
9:30 p.m. Men’s 800 Freestyle (Final) Bobby Finke (United States) Gregorio Paltrinieri (Italy) Mykhailo Romanchuk (Ukraine)
9:44 p.m. Men’s 200 Breaststroke (Final) Zac Stubblety-Cook (Australia) Arno Kamminga (Netherlands) Matti Mattsson (Finland)
9:53 p.m. Women’s 100 Freestyle (Semifinal 1) Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (Hong Kong) Cate Campbell (Australia) Penny Oleksiak (Canada)
9:58 p.m. Women’s 100 Freestyle (Semifinal 2) Emma McKeon (Australia) Sarah Sjostrom (Sweden) Abbey Weitzeil (United States)
10:04 p.m. Men’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinal 1) Evgeny Rylov (Russia) Adam Telegdy (Hungary) Radoslaw Kawecki (Poland)
10:11 p.m. Men’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinal 2) Luke Greenback (Great Britain) Ryan Murphy (United States) Nicolas Garcia Saiz (Spain)
10:28 p.m. Women’s 200 Butterfly (Final) Zhang Yufei (China) Regan Smith (United States) Hali Flickinger (United States)
10:37 p.m. Men’s 100 Freestyle (Final) Caeleb Dressel (United States) Kyle Chalmers (Australia) Kliment Kolesnikov (Russia)
10:54 p.m. Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Semifinal 1) Kaylene Corbett (South Africa) Lilly King (United States) Molly Renshaw (Great Britain)
11:01 p.m. Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Semifinal 2) Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa) Evgeniia Chikunova (Russia) Annie Lazor (United States)
11:08 p.m. Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Semifinal 1)
11:14 p.m. Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Semifinal 2)
11:31 p.m. Women’s 4×200 Freestyle Relay (Final)

Live swimming updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics

Men’s 200 individual medley (semifinal 1)

11:20 p.m.: Kalisz has moved up from eighth after the first 50 to fourth following the 150. Now the race to the wall in freestyle. 

11:20 p.m.: Hungary’s Laszi Cseh is leading early, finishing first after the 50 and 100. 

11:19 p.m.: Chase Kalisz has already won gold in the 400 individual medley. He’s now hoping to get the chance to race in the 200 individual medley final. 

Women’s 200 breaststroke (semifinal 2)

11:15 p.m.: Both Lazor and King qualify for the 200 breaststroke final, with Lazor netting the third overall seed and King coming in at No. 5. 

11:14 p.m.: Schoenmaker wins the heat, nearly breaking her own Olympic record with a time of 2:19.33. Chikunova is in second at 2:20.57 and Lazor moves up to third at 2:21.94. 

11:13 p.m.: Annie Lazor (U.S.) has not been able to catch up to the pack as she is currently at fifth heading into the final stretch. 

11:12 p.m.: Schoenmaker keeps up her lead, swimming a 1:07.54 on the 100 with ROC’s Evgeniia Chikunova in second. 

11:12 p.m.: Olympic record-holder Tatjana Schoenmaker leads after the first 50. 

Women’s 200 breaststroke (semifinal 1)

11:08 p.m.: The top three were the only swimmers in the field below 2:24. Corbett goes 2:22.08, King finishes at 2:22.27 and Renshaw finishes at 2:22.70. 

11:06 p.m.: King takes the second place in the 200 breaststroke, finishing just behind South Africa’s Kaylene Corbett and just ahead of Renshaw. 

11:05 p.m.: After the first 100, King is just behind Great Britain’s Molly Renshaw for the top spot. 

11:04 p.m.: Lilly King is starting off racing in the fastest lane of the first semifinal in the 200 breaststroke. She finished third in the 100 breaststroke behind American teammate Lydia Jacoby. 

Men’s 100 freestyle (final)

10:40 p.m.: Dressel wins the gold medal with a new Olympic record at 47.02. Australians Kyle Chalmers came on strong late, but finished with the silver at 47.08. Kolesnikov is third at 47.44. 

10:40 p.m.: Dressel gets off to a fast start in the 100 and is leading at the 100 free turn. 

10:36 p.m.: It’s Caeleb Dressel time. He’s entering as the second seed behind ROC’s Kliment Kolesnikov. Can he win gold in the 100 freestyle? 

Women’s 200 butterfly (final)

10:33 p.m.: Yufei’s time of 2:03.86 is the new Olympic record. Smith comes in at 2:05.30 and Flickinger finishes at 2:05.65. 

10:32 p.m.: Yufei wins the gold and claims an Olympic record. Smith claims the silver and Flickinger wins the bronze. 

10:32 p.m.: Yufei solidifying her lead, but Flickinger and Smith right now are in a great position to give the U.S. two more medals. 

10:31 p.m.: Flickinger and Smith finished second and third and looked to be gaining on Yufei late, but she’s still leading. 

10:31 p.m.: The favorite in the event, Zhang Yufei gets out to a huge lead through the first 50. 

10:30 p.m.: Two Americans to watch here with Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith swimming in the 200 butterfly. 

Men’s 200 backstroke (semifinal 2)

10:17 p.m.: The top time in the second semifinal is held by Greenback at 1:54.98, which makes him the No. 2 seed in the final. Murphy will be the third seed with a time of 1:55.38 and American teammate Bryce Mefford is sixth overall in the final at 1:56.37. Rylov’s time makes him the No. 1 overall seed. 

10:16 p.m.: Greenback and Murphy lead the field and come in the top two. Spain’s Nicolas Garcia Saiz is third in the second semifinal. 

10:15 p.m.: Greenback is still in front after the first 100, with Murphy now right behind him. Greenback came into the race with the top time from prelims. 

10:14 p.m.: Murphy comes in third after the first 50. Great Britain’s Luke Greenback is leading the field. 

10:12 p.m.: Murphy, the reigning Olympic champion in the 200 backstroke, will attempt to return to the final to defend his gold.

Men’s 200 backstroke (semifinal 1)

10:10 p.m.: The close race was really for second in this semifinal. Rylov came in at 1:54.45. Telegdy finished at 1:56.19 and Kawecki finished at 1:56.68. All but one swimmer in the heat came in under 1:57. 

10:09 p.m.: Rylov wins the semifinal heat by a body length. Hungarian Adam Telegdy finishes second and Poland’s Radoslaw Kawecki placed third. 

10:08 p.m.: Rylov leading after the first 100, and he’s building up his lead heading into the wall. 

10:07 p.m.: ROC’s Evgeny Rylov swimming from the fourth lane in the first heat of the semifinal. American’s Bryce Mefford and Ryan Murphy will swim in the second heat. 

Women’s 100 freestyle (semifinal 2)

10:04 p.m.: After McKeon, Haughey will be the second seed and Campbell will be the third seed. Oleksiak will be fifth in the 100 free final and Weitzeil will be seventh. Brown missed the cut. 

10:03 p.m.: McKeon’s top time of 52.32 will make her the No. 1 seed in the final for the 100 freestyle. Sjostrom comes in at 52.82 and Weitzeil finished at 52.99. Brown was seventh at 53.58. 

10:02 p.m.: McKeon finishes the semifinal in the top spot, with Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom placing second and Weitzeil finishing third. 

10:01 p.m.: McKeon and Great Britain’s Anna Hopkin leading the pack after the first 50. 

10:01 p.m.: A pair of Americans will swim in the second semifinal: Erika Brown and Abbey Weitzeil. 

Women’s 100 freestyle (semifinal 1)

9:58 p.m.: Haughey finishes with a time of 52.40, just under the recent Olympic record set by Australian Emma McKeon at 52.13 in the prelims. Campell was second at 52.71 and Oleksiak is third at 52.86. 

9:56 p.m.: Haughey wins the heat with Campbell in second and Canadian Penny Oleksiak in third. 

9:56 p.m.: Hong Kong’s Siobham Haughey leads just over Cate Campbell (Australia) at the turn. 

Men’s 200 breaststroke (final)

9:51 p.m.: Stubblety-Cook now holds the Olympic record in the 2:05.38. Kamminga earned silver at 2:07.01 and Finland’s Matti Mattsson wins bronze at 2:07.13. 

9:49 p.m.: Australia’s Zac Stubblety-Cook sets an Olympic record, catching Kamminga and earning the gold medal in the 200 breaststroke. 

9:49 p.m.: Kamminga keeping the lead with 50 meters left to go. 

9:48 p.m.: Dutch swimmer Arno Kamminga is swimming above world record pace after the first 100. 

9:47 p.m.: The swimmers are off in the 200 breaststroke final. 

Men’s 800 freestyle (final)

9:47 p.m.: Incredible final stretch on the 50 to win the gold from Finke. 

9:43 p.m.: Finke finishes with a time of 7:41.87 to take gold. Paltrinieri takes the silver from the eighth lane at 7:42.11 and Romanchuk wins the bronze at 7:42.33.

9:41 p.m.: Finke comes out of no where to take the gold medal, powering through the final 50 from lane three to take the medal. 

9:41 p.m.: Germany’s Florian Wellbrock takes the lead on the final turn. 

9:40 p.m.: Paltrinieri is still leading as the bell is rung to signal the final lap. 

9:38 p.m.: The field is beginning to catch up to Paltrinieri with two Ukrainians — Mykhailo Romanchuk and Serhii Frolov — leading the way. 

9:37 p.m.: The rest of the pack behind Paltrinieri is very close together. Finke is currently in second. 

9:35 p.m.: Paltrinieri has about a body’s length lead through the first 200. He’s gotten off to a fast start out of the gate. 

9:34 p.m.: After the first 100, it’s Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri leading the way. 

9:33 p.m.: Watch for American Bobby Finke in the 800 freestyle. He finished third in a very close prelim. 

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. 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. 

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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