Michael Phelps will be heading into the pool Monday night, but not to win a medal. There were still four races that resulted in swimmers picking up medals and there were at least one member of Team USA in each of them. The medal races for Monday were Men’s 200m freestyle, Women’s 100m backstroke, Men’s 100m backstroke and Women’s 100m breaststroke. All four races came consecutively, between semifinals in other events.
At least one American swimmer won in each final. Conor Dwyer, David Plummer and Katie Meili won bronze in their races. Kathleen Baker picked up a silver medal, while Lilly King and Ryan Murphy won golds. The U.S. now has four gold medals, four silvers and six bronze medals.
Phelps is swimming in the Men’s 200m butterfly second semfinal at 10:19 p.m.
The Men’s 200m Freestyle race is at 9:21 p.m. and featured South Africa’s Chad le Clos and China’s Sun Yang. Conor Dwyer and Townley Haas tried to win a medal for the U.S. in the race, but only Dwyer picked up one. It was Dwyer’s first individual medal. Sun had the best time in the semis with 1:44.63. The other swimmers in the race are Kosuke Hagino of Japan, Russia’s Aleksandr Krasnykh, Paul Biedermann of Germany and Great Britain’s James Guy.
Gold: Sun Yang (1:44.65)
Silver: Chad le Clos (1:45.20)
Bronze: Conor Dwyer (1:45.23)
At 9:30 p.m., Kathleen Baker and Olivia Smoliga swim in the Women’s 100m Backstroke. Baker had the best time in the semis with 58.84. She was up against Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú, who already has a gold after setting a world record in the Women’s 400m individual medley.
The other swimmers in the Women’s 100m Backstroke were Australia’s Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson; China’s Fu Yuanhui; Kylie Masse of Canada; and Mie Nielsen of Denmark.
Gold: Katinka Hosszú (58.45)
Silver: Kathleen Baker (58.75)
Bronze: Kylie Masse (58.76)
Eight minutes after that race, the Men’s 100m Backstroke kicked off. Americans Ryan Murphy and David Plummer ranked one and two in the semis, finishing the race in 52.49 and 52.50, respectively. The other swimmers are Mitch Larkin of Australia, China’s Xu Jiayu, Camille Lacourt of France, Russia’s Evgeny Rylov, Japan’s Ryosue Irie and Romania’s Robert Glință.
Murphy’s Olympic record-breaking win was the sixth consecutive win by an American in this event.
Gold: Ryan Murphy (51.97) – Olympic Record
Silver: Xu Jiayu (52.31)
Bronze: David Plummer (52.40)
The last final of the night is the Women’s 100m breaststroke at 9:54 p.m. Americans Lilly King and Katie Meili faced off against Russia’s Yulia Efimova, Cina’s Shi Junglin, Rūta Meilutytė of Lithuania, Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson, Hrafnhildur Lúthersdóttir of Iceland and Canada’s Rachel Nicol.
This race was exciting because of King’s rivalry with Efimova. Efimova has been suspended for doping in the past and was linked to doping in the World Anti-Doping Agency report on Russia.
Gold: Lilly King (1:04.93) – Olympic Record
Silver: Yulia Efimova (1:05.50)
Bronze: Katie Meili (1:05.69)