Four more Olympic gold medals will be handed out at the pool Tuesday night, with Americans Katie Ledecky and Michael Phelps among those looking to add to their collections. Ledecky will be competing in the 200 meter freestyle final, and a win in that event would give the 19-year old her second gold medal of these Olympics. Ledecky won the 400 free in dominant fashion, setting a World record in the process, and she was also part of the 4×100 relay team that won a silver medal. She and Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom are viewed as the favorites in the 200 free final.
Phelps is competing in the 200 butterfly final, with rival Chad le Clos of South Africa also part of the eight-swimmer field. Le Clos attempted to get Phelps off his game ahead of their semifinal heat Monday night but to no avail, and it will be interesting to see if he uses similar tactics ahead of tonight’s final.
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Two Americans will be swimming in the women’s 200 IM, with Maya DiRado and Melanie Margalis both advancing to the final. Also in the final: Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who has already won gold in the 100 meter breaststroke and the 400 IM in these Olympics. Great Britain’s Siobhan O’Connor posted the fastest qualifying time in the semifinal heats, and she’s another medal contender in this event.
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The last final of the night will be the men’s 4×200 freestyle relay, with the United States looking to win a fourth consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event. The Americans won in London by more than three seconds, and with Phelps and Ryan Lochte both part of tonight’s quartet they will be favored to win another gold medal. Conor Dwyer and Townley Haas will complete the United States 4×200 freestyle relay team.