Hungarian Kristof Milak held the Olympic record in the men’s 100-meter butterfly for all of six minutes. 

Milak, who previously set the Olympic record in the 200 butterfly, raced his semifinal at 50.31 to set another mark. But American Caeleb Dressel took it down just a few minutes later, becoming the first swimmer to fall under 50 seconds in the event at the Olympics with a time of 49.71 and earn the top spot in the final on Friday. 

That race set the tone for what would be a night of swimming full of broken records. South African Tatjana Schoenmaker broke her own Olympic record with a world-record time of 2:18.95 to win gold in the 200 breaststroke, ROC swimmer Evgeny Rylov added his second gold medal this year with an Olympic record of 1:53.27 in the 100 backstroke and Australian Emma McKeon set the new Olympic mark in her gold-winning 100 freestyle at 51.96. 

Though the U.S. did not bring a gold medal from any of the four finals, the Americans came away well represented on the podiums. Lilly King and Annie Lazor earned silver and bronze behind Schoenmaker in the breaststroke, while Ryan Murphy took the silver behind Rylov in the backstroke. Michael Andrew nearly reached the podium in the 200 individual medley, but fell back to fifth on freestyle as China’s Wang Shun took the gold. Two more Americans, Phoebe Bacon and Rhyan White, earned spots in the women’s 200 backstroke final along with Canada’s Kylie Masse. 

Sporting News provided live updates and highlights from each event during the sixth day of Olympic swimming finals. 

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Olympics swimming results

Time (ET) Event Winner 2nd 3rd
9:30 p.m. Men’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinal 1) Kristof Milak (Hungary) Josif Miladinov (Bulgaria) Andrei Minakov (Russia)
9:35 p.m. Men’s 100 Butterfly (Semifinal 2) Caeleb Dressel (United States) Noe Ponti (Switzerland) Jakub Majerski (Poland)
9:41 p.m. Women’s 200 Breaststroke (Final) Tatjana Schoenmaker (South Africa) Lilly King (United States) Annie Lazor (United States)
9:50 p.m. Men’s 200 Backstroke (Final) Evgeny Rylov (Russia) Ryan Murphy (United States) Luke Greenback (Great Britain)
9:59 p.m. Women’s 100 Freestyle (Final) Emma McKeon (Australia) Siobhan Bernadette Haughey (Hong Kong) Cate Campbell (Australia)
10:16 p.m. Men’s 200 Individual Medley (Final) Wang Shun (China) Duncan Scott (Great Britain) Jeremy Desplanches (Switzerland)
10:35 p.m. Women’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinal 1) Emily Seebohm (Australia) Phoebe Bacon (United States) Rhyan White (United States)
10:42 p.m. Women’s 200 Backstroke (Semifinal 2) Kylie Masse (Canada) Kaylee McKeown (Australia) Liu Yaxin (China)

Live swimming updates, highlights from 2021 Olympics

Women’s 200 backstroke (semifinal 2)

10:46 p.m.: Masse comes back from third all the way up to take the top spot in the semifinal at 2:07.82. McKeown is second at 2:07.93 and China’s Liu Yaxin finishes third at 2:08.65. 

10:46 p.m.: Hungarian Katalin Burian has taken the lead at 100 meters with a time of 1:02.54 with Australian Kaylee McKeown in second. 

10:45 p.m.: Canadian Kylie Masse is first after the 50 meters at 29.78. China’s Peng Xuwei is second at 29.97. 

Women’s 200 backstroke (semifinal 1)

10:41 p.m.: Seebohm comes in ahead of the two Americans with a time of 2:07.09, but Bacon and White weren’t far behind. Bacon finished second at 2:07.10 and White was third at 2:07.28. 

10:40 p.m.: Bacon leads after the first 100 meters with a time of 1:01.52, with White just behind at 1:02.02 and Australian Emily Seebohm third at 1:02.34. 

10:35 p.m.: It’s a packed North American field in the first semifinal of the women’s 200 backstroke. Rhyan White (USA) is swimming in lane four, Phoebe Bacon (USA) is in lane five and Taylor Ruck (Canada) is in lane three. 

Men’s 200 individual medley (final)

10:23 p.m.: Shun finishes at 1:55.00 with Scott just barely behind him at 1:55.28. Desplanches wins the bronze at 1:56.17. Andrew finishes with a time of 1:57.31. 

10:22 p.m.: Shun wins the gold and Scott wins the silver. Switzerland’s Jeremy Desplanches finishes third and Andrew falls down to fifth on the freestyle portion. 

10:21 p.m.: Andrew takes the lead in the breaststroke ahead of Wang and Japan’s Daiya Seto. 

10:21 p.m.: Wang Shun has now taken the lead and Andrew fell down to fourth after the backstroke. 

10:20 p.m.: Andrew leads the field after the butterfly heading into the backstroke portion of the race. 

10:17 p.m.: Michael Andrew is hoping to keep the 200 individual medley in American hands. He’ll race from the sixth lane, with China’s Wang Shun swimming out of the fast lane. 

Women’s 100 freestyle (final)

10:02 p.m.: McKeon sets an Olympic record at 51.96 in winning the gold medal. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey takes the silver and Australia’s Cate Campbell takes the bronze at 52.52. Reigning co-champion Penny Oleksiak (Canada) finishes fourth at 52.59 and American Abbey Weitzeil places eighth at 53.23. 

10:02 p.m.: McKeon leads the field at 25.08 after the first 50. 

10:01 p.m.: Australian Emma McKeon off the block with an incredible advantage at 0.58. 

Men’s 200 backstroke (final)

9:56 p.m.: The ROC star has now won both the 100 and 200 backstroke gold medals at the 2021 Tokyo Games. 

9:55 p.m.: Rylov claims the gold medal and the Olympic record at 1:53.27. Murphy takes the silver at 1:54.15 and Greenback wins bronze at 1:54.72. 

9:54 p.m.: Rylov still leading at 1:23.93 with 50 meters to go. Murphy in second at 1:24.65. 

9:54 p.m.: Murphy moves up to second at 55.63 behind Rylov at 55.18. 

9:54 p.m.: Rylov leads after the first 50 over Great Britain’s Luke Greenback and Murphy in third. 

9:53 p.m.: ROC’s Evgeny Rylov, United States’ Ryan Murphy and Japan’s Irie Ryosuke each have the fastest reaction time at 0.54. 

Women’s 200 breaststroke (final)

9:48 p.m.: That record by Schoenmaker is the first individual world record set during the 2021 Olympics. Both the women’s 4×100 and 4×200 freestyle relays were world records. 

9:46 p.m.: It’s a world record for Schoenmaker, who defends her Olympic gold medal at 2:18.95. King wins the silver medal at 2:19.92 and Lazor takes the bronze at 2:20.84. 

9:45 p.m.: Schoenmaker has taken the lead with the final 50 meters left to go at 1:42.46 to King’s 1:42.57. 

9:45 p.m.: King maintaining her edge over Schoenmaker after the first 100 at 1:06.47 to 1:07.06. Annie Lazor is in fifth at 1:08.61. 

9:44 p.m.: King leads after the first 50 at 31.27 with Schoenmaker in second at 31.64. 

9:44 p.m.: Lilly King is the first off the blocks with a reaction time of 0.65, but South African favorite Tatjana Schoenmaker is off at 0.66. 

Men’s 100 butterfly (semifinal 2)

9:42 p.m.: That’s now two Olympic records in two days for Dressel. 

9:39 p.m.: That Olympic record didn’t last long. Dressel sets the new mark at 49.71, with Switzerland’s Noe Ponti second at 50.76 and Poland’s Jakub Majerski third at 51.24. American Tom Shields will miss the final after finishing eighth in the heat at 51.99. 

9:38 p.m.: Dressel comes out of the gate at 23.20 to lead out of the 50. 

Men’s 100 butterfly (semifinal 1)

9:33 p.m.: Milak powers ahead to finish with an Olympic record time of 50.31. Bulgaria’s Josif Miladinov finished second at 51.06 and Minakov was third at 51.11. 

9:33 p.m.: ROC’s Andrei Minakov and France’s Mehdy Metella are tied for first after the first 50 and Milak is in third. 

9:30 p.m.: Caeleb Dressel will swim in the second heat of the 100 butterfly. Men’s 200 butterfly winner Kristof Milak will swim in the first heat in the fast lane. 

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. 

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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