Summer Tokyo 2021 - General Discussion and Preview Thread (23rd July to 8th Aug)

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Keep hearing on SEN - your Olympic station, XX days to go - it's 44 today.

I thought its time to start a general thread and preview of some events in the lead up to Tokyo.

Yeah I know it might not go ahead, Japanese people are against it, people will have a whinge about it going on, greed etc, but some of Oz athletes are about to do trials to get selection, still trying to do an Olympic qualifier or have been competing the last few months and qualified and are ready to go. Same around the rest of the world.

Will be strange to have an Olympics with no ABC radio coverage. Post Sydney 2000 the ABC's funding in real $$ has been slashed nd has been cutting back their Olympic coverage and sports in general, and late 2019 or early 2020 said they wont go to Tokyo and didn't bid for the rights.

I have no idea if SEN will have people in Japan at the stadiums/venues or if all or most of their broadcasts will be calling off TV screens.

Ch 7 last year announced they were going to send some people to Tokyo but most were going to broadcast from a TV studio in Sydney set up just for the Olympics. Bruce moved from Adelaide to Sydney before Covid hit to prepare himself for the Olympics. Neither SEN or Ch 7 have come out and said what they are going to do and who they will send to Tokyo.

Swimming trials start in Adelaide on Saturday. NBC have convinced IOC like they did in 2008, to have the finals in the morning and heats at night so that finas are during prime time on east coast USA. 10am Tokyo = 11am Sydney = 9pm New York

So I am trying to get to a session at Marion next Tuesday or Wednesday morning session depending on the schedule of events.

US athletics trials are on during 18-27th June so I will keep a keen eye on those.

I saw this interview with Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua, on ABC last night, the bloke who went oiled up and topless in the opening ceremony of Rio and then again at 2018 PyeongChang winter olympics and he got plenty of attention. He did Taekwondo in Rio, and Cross country skiing in PyeongChang. He tried to get to Tokyo in the K1 200m kayak sprints but he couldn't get to Russia for a qualifying event. Would have been the first athlete to go to 3 Olympics participating in 3 different sports if he qualified. But is still going to compete in Taekwondo.

The Federal Government and Australian Olympic Committee are working to support athletes across the Pacific ahead of the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games. National sports reporter David Mark spoke to Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua, who's competing in this year's games.



 

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Who has Olympic fever? Despite Covid we Aussies will have a strong side with plenty of medal chances in various sports. I expect swimming once again to be our strongest chance for podium finishes.
 
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The Olympic Swimming Trials begin tonite. Gotta pay to watch.. what the! Why is the Olympic channel Network 7 not covering them. Are anti-syphoning laws dead in this country?
 
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The Olympic Swimming Trials begin tonite. Gotta pay to watch.. what the! Why is the Olympic channel Network 7 not covering them. Are anti-syphoning laws dead in this country?
Amazon Prime have done a deal with Swimming Oz and have been doing docos of Oz swimmers and the docos and trials are available live to people in over 200 countries. The $$$ and exposure were too good to knock back for Swimming Oz.

Olympic trials and nationals of any Olympic sports have never been on the anti-siphoning list.

edit First night of finals






No qualifying time but they will take Zac Stubblety-Cook for the medley relay




Nobody qualified




 
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So no replay vs Sun?
The famous snub by Mack of Sun really pi**ed off the Commies.. probably the start of their hate campaign for us.
Mack Horton fails to qualify in the 400m free, no defending his Olympic title. Gutted for him. Winnington might do some damage though, upward trajectory.
Winnington with the fastest 400 free world time this year.
 

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Kaylee McKeown broke the 100m world backstroke record tinight. She swam 57.45 and old world record by Reagan Smith of USA at 2019 world champs was 57.57 (heat swim in Medley relay and didnt swim the final). McKeown swam a 57.63 a month ago so is in good form.

Will go to outright favourite - until the USA trials are held starting Sunday USA time and that race is swum.

A great result also for the 4x100m medley relay to try and improve on their silver medal at Rio.
 
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Swimming Oz's site has lots of stories of the trails, but its slow to publish.

SwimSwam magazine site is a lot better and quickly puts out story after each final as well as a summary after the morning session has finished, after the evening sessions has finished and a daily preview on its home page.

https://swimswam.com/ and if you want to catch up from a couple days back https://swimswam.com/news/

And they have this great schedule page of USA, Canada, French and Oz trials by date and event for local time and in other 3 time zones as these 4 trials happen over the next 10 days.

 
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