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Conor Dwyer claims bronze in 200-meter freestyle

Conor Dwyer claims bronze in 200-meter freestyle

Conor Dwyer didn't miss his chance at a medal this time.  

After Saturday's fourth place finish in the 400-meter freestyle left him off the podium, Dwyer returned Monday to claim bronze in the 200-meter freestyle.

Following the race, he told NBC's Michele Tafoya that it was a "dream come true."

Swimming in lane three, the Winnetka native held off Britain's James Guy by 0.26 seconds to win his first individual Olympics medal. His official time clocked in at 1:45.23. Heavy favorite Yang Sun claimed gold and South Africa's Chad Le Clos took home the silver.

"I'm just happy to be on the podium," Dwyer said. "It's a relief."

Dwyer went to Loyola Academy in Wilmette, where he, shockingly, did not win a state title. He swam at University of Iowa, but transferred to the University of Florida after two years.

At Florida, Dwyer won national titles in both the 200-yard and 500-yard freestyle. He was also honored with NCAA Male Swimmer of the Year in 2010.  

Dwyer will wrap up his 2016 Olympics with the 800-meter freestyle relay on Tuesday.  

 

 

 

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled with new dates for summer 2021

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Tokyo Olympics rescheduled with new dates for summer 2021

Almost a week ago, the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak. They now have new dates set for 2021.

The Olympics have been rescheduled for July 23 through Aug. 8, 2021. The Paralympics will take place on Aug. 24 through Sept. 5 of 2021.

Those dates are exactly one day short of a one year delay (to set the Games to start and finish on the same days of the week) to fit in with the international sports calendar and to be able to maintain as much of the original schedule as possible.


“It is fantastic news that we could find new dates so quickly for the Tokyo 2020 Games,” President of the International Paralympic Committee Andrew Parsons said in a press release. “The new dates provide certainty for the athletes, reassurance for the stakeholders and something to look forward to for the whole world.”

The press release also noted that all athletes already qualified for Tokyo 2020 will keep their spot.

Decorated Paralympian Tatyana McFadden calls Olympic postponement 'a resilient moment'

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Decorated Paralympian Tatyana McFadden calls Olympic postponement 'a resilient moment'

The four-year cycle of the Olympics and Paralympics presents athletes a long runway to prepare to be at their best when it matters most. Tons of planning and work go into peaking at that time that comes once every four years.

With the Olympics being postponed, that work has been severely disrupted for the athletes involved. Tatyana McFadden, a 17-time Paralympic medalist and University of Illinois product, is one of those athletes, but she agrees with the decision to postpone the Tokyo games.

“I know a lot of emotions are happening during this time, but we are putting health and safety first and I think that’s the most important thing,” McFadden said in an interview with NBC Sports’ Mike Tirico. “When you talk about the Olympics and Paralympics, it’s the largest gathering of the entire world coming together so really the top priority is to put safety first and I have to respect that.”

McFadden won 16 of her medals, and all seven of her golds, in wheelchair track and field. She also has a winter silver medal in cross-country skiing.

Before she knew the Olympics were going to be postponed, McFadden had already changed her training routine so she could do it at home and made a gym for herself at home.

“I just tried to stay patient and stayed relaxed in a time of panic,” McFadden said. “Just doing what I needed to do and not knowing the unknown.”

Even with the Olympics officially postponed, McFadden and other athletes still have uncertainty in their lives, but she is trying to stay ready for what comes next.

“I’ve always been resilient and I’ve always fought during different parts of my life,” she said. “This is just another resilient moment that we’re going to have a little bit of a pause, but I’m going to come back stronger and better than ever. I know Tokyo is going to be putting on the best games ever next year so I’m definitely looking forward to next year and I think people are as well for watching the Olympics and Paralympics.”