Olympics: Swimming Day 8 results – men’s 1500m freestyle, women’s 50m live blog

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    Results:

    Women’s 50m freestyle
    Gold – Pernille Blume – Denmark – 24.07s
    Silver – Simone Manuel – USA – 24.09s
    Bronze – Aliaksandra Herasimenia – Belarus – 24.11s

    Men’s 1500m freestyle
    Gold – Gregorio Paltrinieri – Italy – 14:34.57
    Silver – Connor Jaeger – United States – 14:39.48
    Bronze – Gabriele Detti – Italy – 14:40.8

    Women’s 4x100m medley relay
    Gold – USA – 3:53.13
    Silver – Australia – 3:55.00
    Bronze – Denmark – 3:55.01

    Men’s 4x100m medley relay
    Gold – USA – 3:27.95
    Silver – Great Britain – 3:29.24
    Bronze – Australia – 3:29.93

    » Click here to read all the results

    Preview:

    Australia has a shot at three gold medals at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, with the Campbell sisters in the women’s 50m freestyle, Mack Horton in the men’s 1500m freestyle, and our girls in the women’s 4x100m medley relay. Join The Roar for live updates and commentary from 11am (AEST).

    First up on the final night at the pool is the women’s 50-metre freestyle final, which features Cate and Bronte Campbell.

    The gold could go to either of the sisters, with Bronte being the current world champion and Cate clocking the fastest time going into this event, at the trials in Adelaide back in April.

    As with the 100 freestyle, the challengers will most likely be Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Fran Halsall and Sarah Sjostrom, but don’t rule out Americans Abbey Weitzeil and 100m gold medallist Simone Manuel.

    Next is Mack Horton, who heads into the 1500 having recorded the second-fastest time this year, behind Italy’s Gregorio Paltrinieri. A second Italian, Gabriele Detti, should also figure, along with the unsporting Sun Yang, who is the world record holder and reigning Olympic champion in this event. You would be a fool to rule out the possibility of a medal for the other Australian, Jack McLoughlin.

    Our women’s 4×100-metre medley relay team looks the goods. Reigning Olympic champions and world record holders the USA are their biggest hurdle, along with the Chinese, while Japan and Sweden will also challenge strongly.

    The Australian men’s 4x100m medley relay team will probably win a medal in the final event in the pool, but likely a silver or bronze, with the Americans too strong. Japan, China, and France could all realistically come away with a medal. Great Britain might also win a minor medal, but it is likely they will end up fourth or fifth.

    Australia are looking to end the competition on a real high, and it will be a real surprise if our swimmers do not claim medals in all four events. That will leave us with a lot to look forward to in four years.

    Will Mack attack and win gold? Can Jack McLoughlin surprise the field? Just how much will the women’s medley relay team outshine the performance of the men’s team?

    Join The Roar from 11am (AEST) for live updates and debate in our blog.