The fourth day of the 2016 Rio Olympics has passed, but swimming is not slowing down. On Tuesday, Michael Phelps won his 24th and 25th medals in his Olympic career. Katie Ledecky and Maya DiRado added to their collections, while Melanie Margalis missed ger chance to win her first Olympic medal.
The swimming night program kicked off at 9:03 p.m., with the semifinals for the Men’s 100m freestlye and the first final is at 9:19 p.m. The finals Tuesday were Women’s 200m freestyle, Men’s 200m butterfly, Women’s 200m individual relay and Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay.
Here’s a look at each final.
At 9:19 p.m., Katie Ledecky faced off against Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström, who already won a gold in the Women’s 100m butterfly, in the Women’s 200m freestyle. The other swimmers in the race were France’s Charlotte Bonnet; Sweden’s Michelle Coleman; Federica Pellegrini of Italy; China’s Shen Duo; and Bronte Barratt and Emma McKeon of Australia. Ledecky kicked into high gear during the last 50 meters, just out-touching Sjöström in a heart-pounding race.
Ledecky is now up to two golds and a silver medal.
Gold: Katie Ledecky (1:53.73)
Silver: Sarah Sjöström (1:54.08)
Bronze: Emma McKeon (1:54.92)
The marquee event of the night is the Men’s 200m butterfly, where Michael Phelps faced off against rival Chad le Clos of South Africa. Of course, they had to keep an eye on László Cseh of Hungary. This is the event where le Clos beat Phelps in London, so Phelps was looking for revenge and got it. The other swimmers in this race were Denmark’s Viktor Bromer; Japan’s Daiya Seto and Masato Sakai; Hungary’s Tamás Kenderesi; and Louis Croenen of Beligum. Le Clos didn’t even medal, while Phelps won his 20th gold medal.
Gold: Michael Phelps (1:53.36)
Silver: Masato Sakai (1:53.40)
Bronze: Tamás Kenderesi (1:53.62)
After two more sets of semifinal races, Maya DiRado and Melanie Margalis hit the pool for the Women’s 200m individual medley final. Hungary’s Katinka Hosszú was also involved in this race, winning her third gold. She’s already won the Women’s 100m backstroke and Women’s 400m individual relay. The other racers in this competition are Canada’s Sydney Pickerem; Siobhan-Marie O’Connor of Great Britain; Alicia Coutts of Australia; and Russia’s Victoria Andreeva.
Gold: Katinka Hosszú
Silver: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor
Bronze: Maya DiRado
Swimming’s fourth day at the Olympics comes to an end with the Men’s 4x200m freestyle relay. The teams are Belgium, Japan, Russia, Great Britain, the U.S., Germany, Australia and the Netherlands. During the heats, Great Britain had the best time at 7:06.31, with the U.S. coming in second with 7:06.74. The U.S. team, which included Ryan Lochte, won this race in London. Phelps was also on the relay team.
Gold: U.S.A. (7:00.66)
Silver: Great Britain (7:03.13)
Bronze: Japan (7:03.50)