We’re now under an hour away from the first swimming session of Tokyo 2020 in the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. It’s all heats tonight, with the first medals on offer tomorrow morning. From an Australian perspective, there are three big races to watch:
Women’s 100m butterfly – Emma McKeon and Brianna Throssell are both in heat five. McKeon put down a fast qualifying time in Adelaide last month, but faces stiff competition for gold from American Torri Huske and China’s Yufei Zhang.
Men’s 400m freestyle – Elijah Winnington and Jack McLoughlin are both in heat 5. In addition to boasting a great surname, Winnington holds the fastest time of the year in this discipline, with McLoughlin in second (and Mack Horton, who sadly won’t be defending his Rio title, in third). All of which bodes well for the Australians in this gruelling event – a podium one-two is certainly possible.
Women’s 4 x 100m freestyle relay – the Australians are the undisputed queens of the relay, setting the current Olympic record in Rio and then shaving half a second off that time to set a new world record at the Commonwealth Games. The Aussies are in heat two with Canada, who claimed bronze at the most-recent world championships, while arch-rivals the Americans are in the first heat.
Thank you very much for your company for the past few hours. Next up is Geoff Lemon to bring you the conclusion of the men’s road race, and much more besides.
Catch you here tomorrow, same time, same place.