Coming night in the Olympic Aquatic Centre of Rio-de-Janeiro will be without any doubt a new magnificent and blazing water presentation of the most genial swimmer of the Earth, as well as new sensational performances of young debutants of the Games.
One of major hits of the seventh competitions’ day will be the final men’s race in the 50 m free style, where this World season leader, acting Olympic champion of this event, Idol of the French pools, aqua Titan Florent Manaudou posted in semis 21,32, not only the top clock of the race, but also the top time in 2016.
Fastest in the prelims Andrey Govorov of Ukraine and American swim veteran Anthony Ervin delivered matching times in a heat 2 of the semi-finals, touching the wall at 21,46 to tie for the second place. Best USA sprinter and Olympic champion of London-2012 Nathan Adrian finished only in 0,01 second after this couple with 21,47 as the fourth place seed.
Russian Olympic medallist Vladimir Morozov, being the fifth in the prelims with 21,81, miss the 50 m free final, finishing in the semis the 10th only in a 21,88. His teammate Alex Sadovnikov happily used his chance in the men’s semi-finals of the 100 m fly and swam to his major race of the Games with a serious seventh mark (51,71).
Leading into the tonight’s final of this event will be incredible Singapore’s water Dragon, 21-years-old Joseph Schooling, who only one break 51 second time with 50,83, the fastest time in the World ratings of 2016. Olympic and Planet’s champion Chad le Clos of South Africa posted the second semis’ time in a 51,43 from the same heat, just ahead of Chinese young butterfly prodigy, 17-years-old Li Zhuhao, finished the third with 51,51.
Aquatic veterans and eternal rival during this century Laszlo Cseh of Hungary and American multi Olympic winner Michael Phelps touching the pool’s wall at a similar 51,57 for the fourth place in the tonight’s final race. American teammate Tom Shields joins MP in the final as the sixth place seed, posting a qualifying time of 51,61 and French champion of the event Mehdy Metella (51,75) became the eight qualifier.
In the women’s semi-finals expected first was Iron Magyar Katinka Hosszu in the way to her next gold Olympic medal with the fastest time of the year (2.06,03). Major rivals of Hungarian water Queen in the final will be Canadian Hilary Caldwell with 2.07,17 to return in the second place, as well as USA’s Maya DiRado and China’s Liu Yaxin turning in very similar times. DiRado posted 2.07,53, while Liu clocked 2.07,56 in a heat one. Russian rising swim star Daria Ustinova swam the seventh with 2.08,84.
In the tonight woman final race in the 800 m free there will be no serious opponents to fantastic 19-years-old Katie Ledecky, already many times winner of the Rio’s Games, who easily set in the semis a new Olympic record with 8.12,86. Brand fresh European champion Boglarka Kapas finished the second with the third World’s mark of the season (8.19,43).
So, we will not sleep tonight, we will any doubt watch TV broadcast with serious and professinal Mr Swimy’s comments and fully enjoy comong magic and brilliant water performances of the best pool’s masters of the World.
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