Eligibility procedure for the Olympics is ruthless in the United States and Australia: only first- or second-place finishers are allowed to go to Tokyo. It starts on the weekend.
Since the weekend, the swimming world has been watching the US and Australia. Because when two successful swimmers conduct their Olympic trials, one thing is for sure: in Omaha (Nebraska / USA) and Adelaide (Australia), many Tokyo Olympic champions will climb in the opening stages. The competition is fierce in both countries. USA develops almost indescribable talents through its college system. In Australia, swimming is the most important part of the community. It goes to clubs and schools, especially with a large number of children and young people participating in competitions. In addition, Australia is at the forefront of science and the training of its trainers.
One try, there are no exceptions
The principle of trials is as simple as ruthlessness. Whoever swims first or second (relay courses up to sixth place) will be in Tokyo. No qualifying periods, no back doors, this is an attempt. In Australia, you have to cut down on the most difficult compulsory time, but not even in the United States. The only thing that applies there is that the runner-up or runner-up should be there under a relatively slow FINA-A-Cut. A problem that rarely happens with Americans, Michael Phelps & Co. The power density in the country is simply too great. By comparison, the qualifying time for men and women in the 100m freestyle and over the 200m medley is:
100m Freestyle: 48.33V / 53.31V
200 m layer: 1: 57.98 min / 2: 10.49 min
100m freestyle: 48.57V / 54.38V (Fine-a-Cut)
200m Layer: 1: 59.67 min / 2: 12.56 min (FINA-A-Cut)
100m Freestyle: 48.50V / 54.10V
200 m layer: 1: 59.40 min / 2: 11.90 min
Celebrities in the pool
There are plenty of stars in the water in both Adelaide and Omaha. In Australia, Rio Olympic champion Kyle Salmers and individual medalists Emma McCain, Madeline Groves and Mac Horton want to qualify for the Olympics again, although the Groves did not compete in the 200m butterfly in their silver course. The 400-meter freestyle surprise also includes world champion Ariarne Ditmus and other famous names such as Mitch Larkin, Kate and Bronte Campbell and Thomas Fraser-Holmes.
The river starts to Dressel and Lochtay
In American trials, the eyes are on Kylab Dressel. The world record holder at the Games in Tokyo could become the most successful athlete. Six gold medals over the 50 and 100 meter freestyle, the 100 meter butterfly, the 4 x 100 meter freestyle, the 4 x 100 meter medley and the 4 x 100 meter hybrid relay seem possible. The 19-time world champion is on the starting list for the 200m butterfly, 200m medley and 200m freestyle. There will be more medals in the individual and relay.
Must be a qualifying form for Katie Ledecky. The 24-year-old wants to buy tickets for the 200, 400, 800 and 1,500 meter freestyle. It will be exciting to see if the five-time Olympic champion will qualify again in the 100m freestyle to win a medal with Riley like Rio. Other American stars in Omaha: Lilly King, Ryan Murphy, Nathan Adrian, Simon Manuel, Reagan Smith and Holly Finger. Ryan Lochte has reported for six routes. At 100m butterfly, 200m and 400m medley, 200m freestyle and 100m and 200m backstroke, the 36-year-old will try to qualify for the Games for the fifth time. Lochte has won at least one gold medal each time since Athens 2004.
Trials live on
With the right conditions, tests in Australia and the United States can be followed directly in Germany. From Adelaide, Amazon Prime will air from Saturday. The U.S. Olympic qualifiers will compete in the NBC from Sunday.