At the end of the first day of competition in Tokyo, the women’s team missed the 4x100m freestyle finals.
Germany’s first Olympic relay missed the finals. The team with Lisa Hobink, Annika Braun, Marie Petrushka and Hannah Kochler finished thirteenth after 3:39.33 minutes. The fastest team in the preliminaries was the quartet of Australia in 3:31.73 minutes. Team Down Under did without Kate Campbell, who carried the Australian flag at the opening ceremony yesterday. Thanks to their support in the final, the Australians were able to swim a little faster than they had in the qualifying.
In eighth place, the Swedish relay team reached the final as the last team. For Sarah Sjostrom and Luzi Hanson, the relay was already the second use in these Olympics. Both started in the preliminaries for the 100m butterfly.
McKeown and Zhang reached the semi-finals at the same time
Over 100m butterfly Sjöström impressively demonstrated before the relay that she overcame an elbow injury. The Swede reached the semi-finals in 56.16 seconds to finish third in qualifying, faster than Australian Emma McKeon and Yuvi Zhang of China who both clocked the same time after 55.82 seconds. Young American Tori Hoskey also showed a solid race. In 56.29 seconds, she only had to concede defeat to Sjöström on the track next to her in the second half of the race and reached the final in fourth place.
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