The evening session Thursday will provide fans with some great television, as Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte both qualified for the men’s 200m individual medley final. That means they’ll have one last duel in the pool, with Lochte looking to finally beat Phelps in this race. The two U.S. swimmers account for six of the last nine Olympic medals awarded in the event (three gold for Phelps, two silver and one bronze for Lochte).
WATCH LIVE: Women’s 200 breast, men’s 200 back, men’s 200 IM and women’s 100 free finals — 9 p.m. Eastern
The men’s 200 IM is one of four finals being held Thursday night, with the women’s 200 breast being the first. No Americans qualified for the final but Denmark’s Rikke Moller Pedersen, the current world record holder in the 200 breast, is in the field as is Australia’s Taylor McKeown. McKeown posted the fasted time of the eight qualifiers in the semifinal heats, which gives her lane four as a result.
USA Swimming will be well represented in the men’s 200 back final, with Jacob Pebley and Ryan Murphy earning spots. Also expected to be in medal contention are Russia’s Evgeny Rylov and Australia’s Mitchell Larkin.
Following the men’s 200 IM final will be the final of the women’s 100 free, with Simone Manuel and Abby Weitzel representing the United States. Australia’s Cate Campbell, who broke the Olympic record in the semifinal heat and holds the World record as well, is the clear favorite to win gold tonight. In addition to the four finals, semifinal heats in the men’s 50 free (including Nathan Adrian), women’s 200 back (Missy Franklin and Maya DiRado) and men’s 100 butterfly (Phelps and Tom Shields) are on Thursday’s schedule.