WATCH LIVE: Swimming, Day Two
Some of USA Swimming’s aces are in the water on Day 2. In the women’s 400m freestyle look for Katie Ledecky, the 19-year-old with the tenacious stroke, to make a statement in Rio as she tries to become the second swimmer ever to win three individual freestyle titles at a single Games. Keep in mind, Ledecky is also the current world record holder in the 400m freestyle.
WATCH LIVE: Day Two, Preliminaries
Also being held during the afternoon session will be the heats in the men’s and women’s 100 meter backstroke competitions, the men’s 200m and women’s 400m freestyle and the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay.
WATCH LIVE: Day Two, Semifinals and Finals
The U.S. men have owned the 4x100m freestyle relay finishing in the top spot in every Olympics they’ve entered, except one…London 2012. It comes down to U.S. swim team head coaches Bob Bowman and David March to decide who swims in the final, but expect to see recent ESPN the Magazine “Body Issue” subject Nathan Adrian along with Olympic rookie, Caeleb Dressel to be on the blocks. The last two spots could feature the 35-year-old Anthony Ervin, who first swam the event in Sydney and won silver, and possibly Michael Phelps, a constant in the event the past three Games.
Coach Anthony Ervin, the 35-year old swimmer with two tattooed sleeves, joins recent ESPN Magazine Body Issue subject Nathan Adrian along with Caeleb Dressel and Ryan Held as they look to reclaim gold after the U.S. was outtouched by the French in 2012 by five hundredths of a second.