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New Olympic swimming event inclusions for Tokyo 2020

8 September 2017

Ariarne Titmus at the recent FINA World Championships in Budapest. (Photo credit: Swimming Australia Ltd)

Ariarne Titmus at the recent FINA World Championships in Budapest. (Photo credit: Swimming Australia Ltd)

As the nation’s most successful Olympic sport, swimming has been blessed with added events to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games swimming schedule. The recent decision to include the Men’s 800m Freestyle, Women’s 1500m Freestyle and mixed 4x100m Medley relay offers increased opportunity for Australia’s swimmers to claim Olympic glory.

Queensland’s long-distance swimmers and Olympic gold medal contenders; Jack McLoughlin, Joshua Parrish, Jessica Ashwood, Ariarne Titmus, Kiah Melverton and Kareena Lee each show their potential in the added long-distance events through their mixture of endurance, speed and previous long-distance swimming performances.

The announcement came after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last year introduced baseball/softball, sport climbing, skateboarding, surfing and karate to the Olympic program in the effort to appeal to and attract the youthful audiences.

These changes represent the movement of creating a gender balanced Games for the first time in the Olympic Games’ history.

The QAS and Swimming Australia welcomes these changes and has every intention of dominating these events on the world stage. 

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8 September 2017