No Russian man has won a swimming gold in the Olympics since the Atlanta Games in 1996 when Alexander Popov and Denis Pankratov both topped the podium twice. The best chance of Russia breaking their barren spell is the 200 metres backstroke where Evgeny Rylov is favourite to beat the American defending champion Ryan Murphy. Rylov has beaten Murphy in the last two World Championships and holds five of the fastest swims in the history of the event.
TOKYO (Reuters) -Dutch rower Finn Florijn Olympic dream was shattered after the young rower tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday after competing in the men's single sculls race. "I wasn't completely satisfied with my race, but I was hopeful to do better in the rematch," said Florijn, whose father was also an Olympic rower. Florijn was scheduled to take part in the repechage race on Saturday, which gives competitors another chance to qualify.
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