Shields’ Relay Success Continues
TOKYO – Tom Shields swam the butterfly leg for the United States 4x100-meter medley relay Friday morning (PT) at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and helped the Americans advance through qualifying for a spot in the final.
Shields clocked a 51.33 split on the third leg as the U.S. earned the seventh seed in the final. It is the second time in two days that Shields has helped the U.S. advance to a relay final; he did the same in Thursday morning's mixed 4x100 medley relay heats. The 2013 California graduate is unlikely to swim on either of the U.S. finals lineups, but is still in line to earn a medal in both events if the Americans place first through third.
Björn Seeliger (Sweden) was the final Golden Bear to swim an individual event, placing 23rd in the 50 freestyle prelims with a 22.19 finish.
The U.S. will compete in the mixed 4x100 medley relay final at 7:43 p.m. PT Friday and while lineups have not been finalized yet, Ryan Murphy – already a bronze and silver medalist in the 100 and 200 backstroke events this week – is a likely option to swim the American backstroke leg on the mixed medley.
4x100 Medley Relay Heats
7. USA (Tom Shields), 3:32.29 (51.33 split)
50-Meter Freestyle Heats
23. Björn Seeliger (22.19)
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