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Rio Olympics 2016, Swimming India, Live Updates and Commentary

Updated: 09 August 2016 08:47 IST - Published: 08 August 2016 21:14 IST
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Team USA have dominated the medals today. What performances from Ryan Murphy, Lilia King AND Katie Meili! Two golds and a bronze after their relay gold yesterday. 

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Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary has finished ahead of Michael Phelps in the men's 200m butterfly semis. After Katinka Hosszu, the country has even more laurels! 

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It's time for the 200m medley for the women! Katinka Hosszu is almost superhuman today.

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Team USA are absolutely blazing through swimming - one might even be prompted to ask "What's in the water?" 

It's their brilliant swimming team. Ryan Murphy has taken gold in the men's 100m backstroke here!

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Michael Phelps in the finals of the men's 200m butterfly with a second-place finish!

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Despite her hectic schedule, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary wins the women's 100m backstroke.

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Kaitie Meili of the USA wins bronze.

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USA's Lilia King wins GOLD with an Olympic record time.

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Russia's Yulia Efimova just received permission to re-enter the Olympics after Russia's doping scandal and she's now taken second in the women's 100m breastroke!

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Women's 100m backstroke now and current world champion Emily Seebohm of Australia is in Lane 1!

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Time for the finals of the 200m free women's! Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden finished top in the semifinals ahead of the feted Katie Ledecky.

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Hosszu will have events running all the way upto saturday, now.

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Bit of a nightmare schedule for champion swimmer Katinka Hosszu. She's been in events non stop since Saturday - with her only break on Sunday, and today she'll be swimming the 100m backstroke finals! 

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And Le Clos just misses out! It's Sun Yang of China with gold in the men's 200m freestyle, with Chad Le Clos in second and Team USA's Conor Dwyer in third!

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Chad le Clos does it again! He's taken a massive lead and going blisteringly fast after repeatedly good performances across disciplines and in the heats.

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He's been in brilliant form lately, and a win for him would not be surprising.

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Phelps will not be part of this final - and it's likely Chad le Clos of South Africa, the defending champion, will take it again. 

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Time for the big one now, though! The men's 200m freestyle is about to get underway.

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USA's Katie Ledecky finishes second in the semi-finals!

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We'll be back after 7 hours for the semi-finals and finals. The champions of swimming to be decided. Join us then.

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So that's it. The semi-final line-ups have been decided. Both Indian swimmers have been eliminated. Sajan almost matched his best performance, but it was not good enough. Shivani was not up to her own best, 5 seconds behind her qualifying time. Requiring to finish in the top 16 places to qualify, Sajan finished 28th and Shivani finished at 41st place.

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Heat 4 just got done. Another Hungarian takes the pole position. This time, it is Cseh Laszlo who finish with a timing of 1:55.14.

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As discussed before, the best 16 swimmers progress to the next phase. Heat 4 is yet to start.

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Hungary's Kenderesi Tamas finishes first in Heat 3 with a timing of 1:54.73

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Closer margins than in the ladies' pool, but looks like Sajan also does not stand a chance of making it to the semi-finals.

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Chad le Clos comes first in Heat 2 with a time of 1:55.57. However, more importantly, all 8 swimmers finish at a better time than Sajan's 1:59:37.

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1:59:37 is almost as good as Sajan's personal best, which is the Indian national record. However, even that time would not have changed his position in this heat.

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Sajan had the 3rd fastest reaction time, and even was in 2nd position at the 50m mark. However, he dropped down below the pack at the halfway stage and could never catch up.

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Prakash has finished 4th with a timing of 1:59.37, just ahead of New Zealand's Ashby in his neighbouring lane.

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Trying hard to come up to 3rd.

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He's still in 4th place with the last 50m to go.

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Prakash has fallen far behind at the end of the 100m mark.

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Semi-final line up  - Ledecky (1:55.01), McKeon, Sjostrom, Bonnet, Pellegrini, Shen, Coleman, Al Yanhan (1:56.52), Haughey, Barratt, Popova, Franklin, Savard, Lyrio, Heemskerk, Maclean (1:57.74). Shivani eliminated, missing the mark by 12 seconds.

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We're off!

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Sporting a white Speedo cap, Prakash waits for the startine whistle in Lane 3!

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We're about to get underway here!

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He needs to finish among the top 16 times over all the heats to qualify for the semi-finals and final beyond, which are scheduled for later tonight.

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However, like Shivani, Sajan has been slotted in the first heat along with the other B time qualifiers. There are stronger competitors in the three other heats though. 

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Moving onto Sajan Prakash's Men's 200m butterfly heats now. He stands a considerably more chance than Shivani to secure a semi-final spot.

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Shivani had qualified for the Olympics with a time of 2:04.34, so her performance today is slightly disappointing by her standards. Not that 2:04:34 would have got her into the semi-final spots either, however.

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Katie Ledecky wins Heat 5 with a time of 1:55.01. These are amazing timings! That's almost 15 seconds ahead of Shivani.

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As it stands, Shivani is placed at 33rd place, with two more heats to go. 

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All 8 swimmers finish within 2 seconds. Pellegrini takes pole position in Heat 4.

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Down to the big seeds now in the heat 4. Missy Franklin in Lane 5, Pellegrini in Lane 4.

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7 swimmers in Heat 3 finished in less than 2 seconds. That's a big difference with Shivani.

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HAUGHEY Siobhan of Hong Kong wins Heat 3 with a time of 1:56.91

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SIMONOVIC Katarina wins the second heat with a time of 2:00.06

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The second heat is over. All 8 swimmers finish earlier than Shivani. Shows how unlikely it is for a wildcard to make it to the main stages.

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Fiji's BUADROMO Matelita finished before Shivani, however. 3:41 seconds before her. That's quite a big margin. Even the FIjian's speed might not be enough for her to finish in the top 16.