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Swimming – Tokyo 2020 Olympics top seeds

Swimming Tokyo 2020 Olympics

A survival skill turned to sport, swimming has been a default in the Olympics since the very beginning. Men and Women have dived into the pools and came out as legends. Mark Spitz, Michael Phelps, Ian Thorpe, Jenny Thompson, Kristin Otto and the list goes on. A jolt of adrenaline rush pumps through us whenever we see them dive. Fans won’t be seeing Phelps in this Olympics. Swimming heads into a transformative era this year. New talents will etch their names on history from 25 July.

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Men

Milak Kristof

From Budapest, comes a storm. A peddling storm, with the name of Milak Kristof. The 21-year-old set the world record in 200m butterfly two years ago. The athlete is participating in the 200m Butterfly final unfolding tomorrow and he is the favourite. Years of domination in swimming by the Americans is probably coming to an end.

Evgeny Rylov

Representing his country Russia and Energy Standard, Rylov is all set to steal the spotlight in the biggest event of his life. The 24-year-old won a bronze at the Rio Olympics 2016, for a 200m backstroke. He is the top seed for 100m backstroke and one of the favourites for the 200m.

Adam Peaty

The breaststroke master, Adam Peaty is the dominant name in the 100m breaststroke contest. Winning a gold medal in the last Olympics for 100m breaststroke, the British Swimmer is eager to create a record with yet another victory. Other names in the category are Arno Kamminga and Michael Andrew.

Danas Rapsys

In the race for both 200m and 400m freestyle, the Lithuanian swimmer Danas Rapsys is a double champion at the 2017 Summer Universiade in Taipei. This will be Rapsys’ second Olympics. He is closely chased by Duncan Scott, Tom Dean and David Popovici in the 200m freestyle.

Elijah Winnington

Millenium born Elijah Winnington came into the limelight by winning three bronze medals at the 2017 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, one of which is for the 200m freestyle. Taking the gold medal home in the 2018 Commonwealth games, the Australian has the willpower to outshine other swimmers like Jack McLoughlin and Danas Rapsys.

Daiyo Seto

A huge void was created in the swimming world when Michael Phelps retired, the GOAT dominated the individual medley for almost four consecutive Olympics. The void left might never be filled but Daiyo Seto seems the guy who can win it this year for Japan. He is the top seed for the Men’s 400m individual medley and is also participating in the Men’s 200m butterfly. In Rio 2016, he settled with a bronze in the 400m individual medley but he will aim higher at home.

Order of events:

400m Freestyle

400m Individual Medley

100m Breaststroke

4 * 100m Freestyle relay

200m freestyle

100m backstroke

200m Butterfly

4*200m Freestyle relay

100m freestyle

800m freestyle

200m breaststroke

200m backstroke

200m individual medley

100m butterfly

4*100m Medley relay

Men’s 50m freestyle

1500m freestyle

4*100m medley relay

Women

Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky made the best seven swimmers from the world in Rio 2016 Olympics look like kids. The world record line was around her waist the whole time and she finished the 400m freestyle a whole 22 seconds ahead of the second-placed athlete. Titmus from Australia seems fit to usurp Ledecky’s throne, only time will tell what happens in the end.

Coming second in the 400m freestyle, Ledecky gets prepped up for the 1500m freestyle. She is the benchmark in this long course, the American swimmer holds the world record and also the Olympic record. She set the Olympic record on Monday, which is 15:35.35. Six seconds ahead of China’s Wang, Ledecky will struck gold with ease.

Ariarne Titmus

You battle with Katie Ledecky, you are in the hot seat. You beat Ledecky, still, you are in the hot seat. The latter is the position Ariarne Titmus finds herself in this Olympics. She won the gold medal at the 2019 World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, beating Ledecky in the 400-metre freestyle. The main battle unfolds at the 400m and 200m freestyle between Ariarne Titmus and Katie Ledecky. Fans are excited, it’s the United States vs Australia, the champion vs the millennial and the world record line vs the best two swimmers.

Katinka Hosszu

Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszu defends her championship in the 200m individual and 400m individual medley in the summer Olympics. Breaking the world record last time in the 400m, the Hungarian is thirsty for more. The founder of Team Iron nicknamed the “Iron Lady,” Hosszu has lived up to the expectations thrown upon her and also her name. The long course is her strength and she will play to it. This might be the last Olympics for the 32-year-old, a gold medal to sign off will be the happy ending she and her fans are looking for.

Order of events:

400m individual medley

4 * 100m Freestyle relay

400m Freestyle

100m butterfly

100m backstroke

100m Breaststroke

200m freestyle

1500m freestyle

200m individual medley

200m Butterfly

4*200m Freestyle relay

100m freestyle

200m breaststroke

800m freestyle

200m backstroke

50m freestyle

4*100m medley relay

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