USA Swimming looks to add to its medal haul Friday night, as the finals in four different events will be held. Among the Americans competing for more medals are Michael Phelps and Katie Ledecky, with Phelps part of the field in the 100 butterfly. Phelps, who completed a run of four consecutive Olympic gold medals in the 200 IM on Thursday, is looking to do the same in an event that includes fellow American Tom Shields, South Africa’s Chad le Clos and top qualifier Joseph Schooling of Singapore.
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As for Ledecky, she’ll be competing in the 800 free, an event in which she currently holds the world record and is the prohibitive favorite to take gold. Leah Smith is also representing the U.S. in the 800 free, but anyone other than Ledecky winning would qualify as one of the biggest upsets of these Olympics.
Maya DiRado, who already has three medals in these Olympics, will swim in the 200 back, which is the first final of the night. She’ll look to win in a field headlined by Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who already has three gold medals to her credit in Rio.
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The last final of the night will be the men’s 50 freestyle, with Americans Nathan Adrian and Anthony Ervin making the cut. They’ve got their work cut out for them when it comes to winning gold however, as reigning Olympic champion Florent Manaudou of France posted the fastest qualifying time of the semifinal round. There will also be semifinal heats in the women’s 50 free, a field that includes 100 free co-gold medalist Simone Manuel of the United States.