Four more finals will be held at the swimming venue Wednesday night, including the men’s 100 meter freestyle. Americans Nathan Adrian and Caeleb Dressel are part of the eight-man field, with Adrian rebounding from a poor first preliminary heat to post the fastest time of the semifinals. Adrian’s the reigning gold medalist in this event, and in addition to Dressel Australians Cameron McEvoy and Kyle Chalmers are expected to be contenders as well.
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The men’s 200 breast will be the first final of the evening, with Josh Prenot and Kevin Cordes both making the field. Japan’s Ippei Watanabe established a new Olympic record in his semifinal heat, finishing in 2:07.22 to grab the top seed in the final. And with the world record not far off of that mark at 2:07.01, there’s a chance that the winner of this race could establish a new mark. Americans Hali Flickinger and Cammile Adams swim in the women’s 200 butterfly final, with Australia’s Madeline Groves the early favorite to win gold.
In the 4×200 free, a team anchored by Katie Ledecky will look to win yet another gold medal for the United States.
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There are also semifinal heats in the women’s 100 free, 200 breaststroke and men’s 200 back being held Wednesday night, and Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps will be swimming in the men’s 200 IM semifinals. The women’s 200 breaststroke semifinals should also be interesting, with Russia’s Yulia Efimova swimming in heat one and American Lilly King in the second heat. King edged out Efimova for gold in the 100 breast, and the rivalry between the two competitors has made for interesting conversation at the swimming venue.
The action gets underway at 9:00 p.m. Eastern, and it will be streamed live at NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.
Tokyo Olympian Derrick Mein became the first U.S. male shooter to win a world title in the trap event since 1966, prevailing at the world shotgun championships in Osijek, Croatia, on Wednesday.
Mein, who grew up on a small farm in Southeast Kansas, hunting deer and quail, nearly squandered a place in the final when he missed his last three shots in the semifinal round after hitting his first 22. He rallied in a sudden-death shoot-off for the last spot in the final by hitting all five of his targets.
He hit 33 of 34 targets in the final to win by two over Brit Nathan Hales with one round to spare.
The last U.S. man to win an Olympic trap title was Donald Haldeman in 1976.
Mein, 37, was 24th in his Olympic debut in Tokyo (and placed 13th with Kayle Browning in the mixed-gender team event).
The U.S. swept the Tokyo golds in the other shotgun event — skeet — with Vincent Hancock and Amber English. Browning took silver in women’s trap.
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British track legend Mo Farah withdrew before Sunday’s London Marathon, citing a right hip injury before what would have been his first 26.2-mile race in nearly two years.
Farah, who swept the 2012 and 2016 Olympic track titles at 5000m and 10,000m, said he hoped “to be back out there” next April, when the London Marathon returns to its traditional month after COVID moved it to the fall for three consecutive years. Farah turns 40 on March 23.
“I’ve been training really hard over the past few months and I’d got myself back into good shape and was feeling pretty optimistic about being able to put in a good performance,” in London, Farah said in a press release. “However, over the past 10 days I’ve been feeling pain and tightness in my right hip. I’ve had extensive physio and treatment and done everything I can to be on the start line, but it hasn’t improved enough to compete on Sunday.”
Farah switched from the track to the marathon after the 2017 World Championships and won the 2018 Chicago Marathon in a then-European record time of 2:05:11. Belgium’s Bashir Abdi now holds the record at 2:03:36.
Farah returned to the track in a failed bid to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, then shifted back to the roads.
Sunday’s London Marathon men’s race is headlined by Ethiopians Kenenisa Bekele and Birhanu Legese, the second- and third-fastest marathoners in history.
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