Bears Aim For Olympic Glory In Tokyo
TOKYO – The California men's swimming & diving program will be represented by nine Golden Bears – eight athletes and one coach – at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. Pool competition will take place Saturday, July 24 through Sunday, Aug. 1 at the Olympic Aquatics Centre in Tokyo, Japan.
Cal alumni Bryce Mefford (USA), Ryan Murphy (USA), Zheng Quah (Singapore), Andrew Seliskar (USA) and Tom Shields (USA) will be joined in action by current Bears Hugo González (Spain) and Björn Seeliger (Sweden) as well as incoming freshman Robin Hanson (Sweden). Cal men's swimming & diving head coach David Durden is serving in the same position for the U.S. men's squad.
The Bears boast four previous Olympians, highlighted by Murphy, a three-time gold medalist in Rio and the world-record holder in the 100-meter backstroke, and Shields, a gold medalist in the 400-meter medley relay in Rio. Quah, who will compete in his third Olympics, and González both achieved semifinal finishes in Rio.
Sixty-seven all-time Cal men's swimming athletes/coaches have represented their respective countries at the Olympics and won a combined 46 medals (24 gold, 15 silver, seven bronze). Five Bears (Murphy, Anthony Ervin, Nathan Adrian, Josh Prenot and Shields) brought home 11 medals, eight of which were gold, for Team USA at the 2016 Rio Games.
Cal will be represented by 56 total Golden Bears – 49 athletes and seven coaches – across 10 sports at the Tokyo Games. The Bears have the third-most Olympic athletes (49) and the third-most athletes competing for Team USA (16) among all U.S. universities.
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» Hugo González (Spain) – 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley
» Robin Hanson (Sweden) – 100m freestyle, 200m freestyle
» Bryce Mefford (USA) – 200m backstroke
» Ryan Murphy (USA) – 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke
» Zheng Quah (Singapore) – 100m backstroke, 100m butterfly, 200m butterfly
» Björn Seeliger (Sweden) – 50m freestyle
» Andrew Seliskar (USA) – 4x200m freestyle relay
» Tom Shields (USA) – 100m butterfly
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