Getty Images

Ryan Lochte qualifies for Olympic Trials 100m free semifinals, then scratches

Leave a comment

OMAHA — Olympic champion Nathan Adrian and Ryan Lochte safely qualified into the Olympic Trials 100m free semifinals Wednesday, but Lochte later scratched out of the event.

Adrian was the fastest qualifier in 48.83 seconds. Lochte, battling a groin injury, was sixth in 49.13. Adrian and Lochte bookended the 2012 U.S. Olympic 4x100m free relay that earned silver behind France.

Lochte was not expected to have designs on making the Olympic team in the 100m free, and even though he scratched he is still eligible for the 4x100m free relay since he already made the Olympic team in the 4x200m free.

Cullen Jones, a 2008 and 2012 Olympic 4x100m free relay member, was 29th overall in prelims and failed to make the 16-swimmer semifinals. He has one more shot to make the Olympic team in the 50m free later this week.

Matt Grevers, an Olympic 4x100m free relay prelim swimmer in 2008 and 2012, got the last of 16 semifinal spots by .03 of a second. Grevers finished third in the 100m backstroke final Tuesday, failing in his best chance to make the Olympic team.

Full Trials results are here.

The 100m free semifinals are Wednesday night (8 ET, NBC and NBC Sports app).  The top eight from the two semis will advance to Thursday night’s final, where the top two make the Olympic team individually and as many as the top six for the 4x100m free relay.

None of Michael PhelpsMissy Franklin or Katie Ledecky were in action Wednesday morning, but all are in finals Wednesday night.

In the 200m butterfly, Phelps will look to become the first U.S. male swimmer to make five Olympic teams. He is the top seed.

In the 200m freestyle, Ledecky will look to win her second event of Trials after taking the 400m freestyle Sunday.

Franklin, who finished fifth in the 100m backstroke Tuesday, will look to get on the Rio team here after qualifying fourth out of Tuesday’s semifinals. A top-six finish will likely be enough to get on the 4x200m free relay.

VIDEO: Therapy dogs aid swimmers at Olympic Trials

Joey Mantia extends U.S. medal streak at speed skating worlds; Dutch dominance returns

Getty Images
Leave a comment

Joey Mantia ensured the host U.S. finished with a medal at the world single distances championships. Ireen WüstKjeld Nuis and Jorrit Bergsma ensured the Netherlands finished atop the medal standings.

Mantia joined Shani Davis as the only U.S. men to earn individual medals at three different editions of the championships, taking bronze in the 1500m on the last day of the speed skating meet at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Mantia won the mass start at the last two worlds in 2017 and 2019 (and finished fifth on Sunday, after the 1500m bronze).

Mantia clocked a personal best 1:42.16 in the fifth of 12 pairs of the 1500m. It held up until Nuis (1:41.66) and countryman Thomas Krol (1:41.73) in the last two pairs.

“Was starting to think that I’m so old that I can’t time trial anymore,” Mantia, a 34-year-old whose last 1500m personal best came in 2015, told media in Utah. “Maybe there’s a little bit of hope left.”

Mantia’s medal extended the U.S. streak of making the podium at every world championships this millennium — 16 straight. The single bronze is the smallest medal output since 2000.

Full results are here.

Wüst and Nuis gave the Dutch a sweep of the men’s and women’s 1500m titles, two years after they did the same at the PyeongChang Olympics. Bergsma, an Olympic and world 10,000m champion, earned his first global medal of any color — gold — in the 16-lap mass start.

The Netherlands failed to earn any golds on the first two days of the four-day competition. The dominant Dutch, who topped the medal standings at every Olympics and worlds dating to the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games, entered Sunday trailing Russia.

But Wüst began the day by clocking 1:50.92 to win the 1500m by .21 over Russian Yevgenia Lalenkova. American medal hope Brittany Bowe, the 2015 World champion who took bronze last year, finished 14th a day after taking eighth in her world-record 1000m distance.

Nuis and Krol went one-two in the men’s 1500m to tie Russia’s medal total. Then Irene Schouten took bronze in the women’s mass start to put the Netherlands ahead for good, followed by Bergsma’s capper.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: Shani Davis retires, takes new role in speed skating

Netherlands on the board; more world records at speed skating worlds

AP
Leave a comment

It took four world records from other countries before the Netherlands won its first title in an Olympic program event at the world single distances speed skating championships.

Jutta Leerdam got the dominant skating nation on the board on the third day of the four-day competition and in the ninth Olympic program event. Leerdam scored an upset over defending champion and world-record holder Brittany Bowe, the American who ended up eighth.

Leerdam, 21, prevailed despite having zero World Cup podiums to her name. She clocked 1:11.84, just .23 slower than Bowe’s world record set on the same Utah Olympic Oval last year. Bowe, who recently had her yearlong win streak snapped in the 1000m, finished in 1:12.92.

“It’s a nightmare,” Bowe said, according to media on site.

Later, the Netherlands won the men’s team pursuit in a world record 3:34.68, the fifth world record in Olympic events the last two days on the world’s fastest ice at the 2002 Olympic oval outside Salt Lake City.

Full results are here.

The world championships conclude Sunday, highlighted by American Joey Mantia defending his world title in the mass start.

In other Saturday events, both the men’s 1000m and women’s 5000m world records fell. On Friday, world records were lowered in the men’s 10,000m and women’s team pursuit.

Pavel Kulizhnikov followed his Friday world 500m title with the 1000m crown, repeating his double gold from 2016. Kulizhnikov was one of the Russians banned from the PyeongChang Olympics after he served a prior doping ban.

On Saturday, Kulizhnikov clocked 1:05.69 to take .49 off Dutchman Kjeld Nuis‘ record from last March, also set at Salt Lake City. Nuis, the Olympic 1000m and 1500m champion, took silver, 1.03 seconds behind.

Russian Natalya Voronina and Czech Martina Sablikova both went under Sablikova’s world record in the 5000m. Voronina came out on top in 6:39.02, 2.99 seconds faster than Sablikova’s record from a year ago and 2.16 seconds faster than Sablikova on Saturday.

Voronina’s time would have been the men’s world record as recently as 1993. Sablikova won the previous 10 world titles in the event dating to 2007.

OlympicTalk is on Apple News. Favorite us!

MORE: World Single Distances Championships broadcast schedule