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Men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

Tue 27 July 2021 | 10:30

Tokyo 2020 Games have already been started with the swimming competitions beginning in a few hours. Now it's a good time to have a look on the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

According to the

swimming competition schedule Tokyo 2020

, swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics was supposed to take place from 25 July to 6 August 2020 at the Olympic Aquatics Center. The men's 10 km open water marathon was due to be held on August 7, 2020, at the Odaiba Marine Park.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the games have been put off to 2021. However, their official name remains

Summer Olympics 2020

with swimming events set for 24 July until 1 August 2021 and marathon swimming set for 4–5 August.

Swimming at the 2020 summer Olympics

Men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

includes 17 events and 1 mixed which are: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 freestyle, 100 and 200 backstroke, 100 and 200 breaststroke, 100 and 200 butterfly, 200 and 400 individual medley, 4×100-meter and 4×200-meter free relay and 4×100-meter medley relay. There is also a 10 km marathon that takes place in open water.

One of the

top five things to know about Olympic swimming at Tokyo 2020

is that it will include the mixed 4×100-meter medley relay. In this new gender-mixed race, both men and women will compete together in the same teams. In Tokyo in particular, we’ll see them fighting to become the inaugural winners of this new race. In this article, we are going to take a look at swimming competition schedule Tokyo 2020, top swimmers who may capture medals and an outlook for the 2020 Games.

Swimming competition schedule Tokyo 2020

Unlike the previous Games,

swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

 will occur in 2 segments. For the pool events, prelims will be held in the evening, with semifinals and final in the following morning session. At the previous Games, it was vice versa. The reason for this change in the swimming competition schedule Tokyo 2020 is the prior request from the US broadcaster NBC.

Now it's time to see the planning of the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics which is one of the other top five things to know about Olympic swimming at Tokyo 2020. They all take place at Tokyo Aquatics Center.

Swimming at the Summer Olympics 2020 starts on Saturday 24 July with the 400-meter individual medley, 400-meter freestyle and 100-meter breaststroke. The next day, the final of the 400-meter individual medley and freestyle takes place with the semifinal of the breaststroke.

On the 2nd day of the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics, the 200-meter freestyle, 100-meter backstroke and the 4×100-meter freestyle relay will take place and the semifinal of 2 of which goes on the next day with the final of the freestyle relay and the 100-meter breaststroke. 

On the 3rd day, the 200-meter butterfly takes place. The semifinal of which occurs the next day, when the final of the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke takes place. On day 3, the semifinal of the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke goes on. Also the final of 4×100-meter freestyle relay will take place.

On the 4th day of the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics, which is the 7th day of the Summer Olympics 2020, the final of the 200-meter freestyle and the 100-meter backstroke will occur. On this day, the 100-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke, 4×200-meter freestyle relay and the 800-meter freestyle will take place in Tokyo.

On 28 July, which is the 5th day, the semifinals of the 100-meter freestyle and the 200-meter breaststroke will go on, the finals of the 200-meter butterfly and the 4×200-meter freestyle relay will occur and the 200-meter backstroke and the 200-meter individual medley will take place.

On the 6th day of the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics, the 800-meter freestyle, 200-meter breaststroke and the 100-meter freestyle finals will go on. On this day, the 200-meter backstroke, 200-meter individual medley semifinals, the 100-meter butterfly and the mixed 100-meter medley relay will also take place. 

On 30 July, which is day 7, the 100-meter butterfly semifinal, the 200-meter backstroke and the 200-meter individual medley finals will take place at the Tokyo aquatics center. The 50-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle and the 4×100-meter medley relay will also go on.

On the day 8 of the

men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

, the 100-meter butterfly and the mixed 4×100-meter finals and the 500-meter freestyle semifinal will take place.

Finally, on 1 August, the last day of the swimming competition, 50-meter freestyle, 1500-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter medley relay finals will take place and the world will know the Olympic medalists.

It's time to take a look at the swimmers who may run riot at the 2020 Games.

Top swimmers at Olympic 2020

Here are some names who may scoop up medals or break records.

Caeleb Dressel

Michael Phelps, who retired at the 2016 Rio Games, has a big record to break. He thinks that Caeleb Dressel could match his eight Olympic gold medals record in Tokyo.

Dressel was born on August 16, 1996, in Green Cove Springs, Florida and he has 2 sisters and 1 brother, who are all competitive swimmers.

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Caeleb Dressel, who was 15, was the youngest male swimmer. He reached the 145th place in the 50-meter freestyle and 152nd in the 100-meter freestyle. He led off the 200-yard free relay in 19.82, where he became the first swimmer under 16 to break 20 seconds.

At the 2013 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships, he scooped up 6 medals including 1 gold medal in the 100-meter freestyle, 2 silver and 3 bronze medals.

When Dressel was a freshman at the University of California, he won the 2015 NCAA title in the 50-yard freestyle. At the 2015 National Championships (long course) in San Antonio, he won 2 individual titles in the 50-meter and the 100-meter freestyle. By these titles, Dressel was ranked 4th in the world in 2015.

At the 2016 Rio de Janeiro, Caeleb Dressel won 2 gold medals in the 4×100-meter freestyle relay and 4×100-meter medley relay. 

At the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, this brilliant swimmer won 7 gold medals and was named the male swimmer of the meet. He became the second swimmer to win seven gold medals at a single World Championships, after Michael Phelps did it in 2007. He captured these medals in the 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle, 4×100-meter medley, 4×100-meter mixed freestyle and 4×100-meter mixed medley.

At the 2019 World Championships, which was held in Gwangju, South Korea, Caeleb Dressel won 6 gold and 2 silver medals. He became the champion of 50-meter freestyle, 100-meter freestyle, 50-meter butterfly, 100-meter butterfly, 4×100-meter freestyle and 4×100-meter mixed freestyle. Dressel became the runner-up in the 4×100-meter medley and 4×100-meter mixed medley.

One of the top five things to know about Olympic swimming at Tokyo 2020 is that Caeleb Dressel is the one who may break the record of Michael Phelps at the Games.

Adam Peaty

The British competitive swimmer, Adam Peaty, may scoop up the medals in the men's swimming at Tokyo 2020.

He was born on 28 December 1994 in Uttoxeter, Staffordshire. Peaty joined Dove Valley Swimming Club in Uttoxeter at the age of 9. He went on to win races and setting club records by the time he was 12. When he was 14, a friend took Peaty to join City of Derby Swimming Club, but the coach Melanie Marshall, who was a former Olympic swimmer, was not impressed by Peaty's performance in the freestyle and put him in the slow lane with younger girls.

 Peaty did not take swimming seriously until he read that Craig Benson, whom he knew from the junior circuit, made it to the semifinal of the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2012 London Games. This motivated the current British swimmer to commit fully to swimming.

At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Adam Peaty captured 2 gold medals in the 100-meter breaststroke and 4x100-meter medley relay. He also finished the 2nd in the 50-meter breaststroke.

At the 2014 European Championships, Peaty managed to set his first ever world record time of 26.62 in the semifinal of the 50-meter breaststroke. He won the gold medal of this race. He also captured the gold in the 100-meter breaststroke, 4x100-meter medley relay and  4×100-meter mixed medley relay. 

 At the 2015 World Championships, Adam Peaty won gold in the 100-meter breaststroke, 50-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter mixed medley relay and became a world champion for the first time.

At the 2016 European Championships held in London, Adam won 4 gold medals in the 50-meter breaststroke, 100-meter breaststroke, 200-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter medley relay.

At the 2017 World Championships, he won 2 gold medals and 1 silver. Peaty retained his title in the 100-meter breaststroke and 50-meter breaststroke. He became the runner-up in the 4×100-meter medley relay.

At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Adam Peaty won 3 medals. He captured gold in the 100-meter breaststroke, silver in the 50-meter breaststroke and 4×100-meter medley relay.

At the 2018 European Championships, Peaty captured 2 gold medals. He became the champion of 50-meter breaststroke and 100-meter breaststroke.

At the 2019 World Championships, Adam retained his 100-meter breaststroke title and won the 50-meter breaststroke and 4×100 meter medley relay. He captured bronze in the 4×100-meter mixed medley relay. He also won the four out of the eight individual breaststroke events he competed in as the captain of London Roar in Las Vegas.       

 At the International Swimming League which was held in Budapest in 2020, he won 6 out of his 15 individual breaststroke events as part of the London Roar team, as well as all 3 of the skins races he competed in.

This British swimmer is one of the competitors who might capture medals in the

men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

.  

Daiya Seto

The Japanese swimmer, Daiya Setao, is a competitive swimmer who is Japan's hope to win medals in the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Seto started swimming when he was 5 because of his friend Kim Paulo Fabay, who was his inspiration.  He missed the 2012 Olympics as he finished the 3rd in both the 200-meter and 400-meter individual medley events at the national selection. He won his first international medals at the 2012 Short Course World Championships. The Japanese swimmer won the World Championship title in the 400-meter individual medley and finished the 2nd in the 200-meter individual medley.

At the 2013 World Championships, Seto became the champion of 400-meter individual medley. He won a gold at the 2014 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships and also at the 2015 World Championships.

Daya Seto earned a bronze medal in the 400-meter individual medley at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. He also captured a gold at the 2018 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

The Japanese swimmer is the one who might be able to scoop up medals for the host country in the men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

Outlook for the Tokyo 2020 Games

Constant evolution of technique is managing to ever greater levels of performance. Seven world records were set in the finals of London 2012 and Rio 2016 Games.

The 100-meter breaststroke illustrates this trend. At Beijing 2008, Kosuke Kitajima, the Japanese swimmer became the first person in the world to swim faster than 58 seconds. Kitajima's technique included a streamlined body position to minimize water resistance, lowering the position of his head after each breath for better efficiency and a deduced number of strokes. This became the dominant style worldwide.

 At Rio 2016, Adam Peaty brought major change by achieving astonishing speed through dynamic, fast-paced swimming that combined a lot of strokes with a powerful kicking movement.

New techniques in freestyle, backstroke and butterfly are also being used at each Olympic Games, therefore we may see new techniques in the

men's swimming at the 2020 Summer Olympics

as well.

At the end, I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. Thanks for devoting your time.

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