Swimming is the undisputed flagship of every Australian Olympic Games campaign.
Michael Phelps has wrapped up a legendary Olympic career by claiming his fifth gold medal of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and 23rd overall as part of the USA’s winning men’s 4x100m medley relay team.
Australian Kyle Chalmers has brought home the 100-metre freestyle gold medal, surprising the rest of the contenders, while our women’s 4×200 relay team finished second, the Campbell sisters qualified for the women’s 100 freestyle and the Michael Phelps train continues to accelerate on Day 5 at the pool.
Michael Phelps has won an unprecedented 20th gold medal on Day 4 at the pool, taking victory in the 200-metre butterfly while Kyle Chalmers and Cameron McEvoy both qualified for the final of the 100 metres freestyle.
The men’s 100m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place on Thursday, 11 August, at 12:03pm (AEST).
The women’s 100m freestyle final at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take place on Friday, 12 August, at 12:18pm (AEST).
The surprise of Australia’s Rio swimming disappointments hardly needs labouring, though it seems increasingly likely we will adopt an American late trials model, come Tokyo.
Ever since glamour couple and reigning world champions Mitch Larkin and Emily Seebohm missed out on medals in their pet events, the Australian media and public has been debating just why our Australian swimming team, the Dolphins, have not lived up to expectations at the Rio Olympics.
After a 2012 Olympic campaign that yielded only one gold medal in the pool in London, Australia was out for redemption in Rio.
The second-last day of swimming at the Rio 2016 Olympics sees gold medal contender Belinda Hocking in the women’s 200m backstroke final and the Campbell sisters in the 50m freestyle semi-final. Join The Roar for all the action from 11am (AEST).