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Australia’s Groves leads way into 200 butterfly final, two Americans advance

Swimming - Olympics: Day 4

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 09: Madeline Groves of Australia competes in the Women’s 200m Butterfly heat on Day 4 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 9, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

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Of the eight swimmers to qualify for Wednesday’s 200 butterfly final, three nations will be responsible for six of them.

Australia’s Madeline Groves posted a time of 2:05.66 to lead the eight qualifiers, with Spain’s Mireia Belmonte Garcia coming in second with a time of 2:06.06. Groves is one of two Australians to qualify for the final, with Brianna Throssel finishing with the seventh-best time. Also having two swimmers qualify for the final were China and the United States.

China’s Zhou Yilin posted the third-best qualifying time, with teammate Zhang Yufei ranking fifth among qualifiers. As for the United States, Hali Flickinger posted the sixth-best time with Cammile Adams coming eighth. Adams’ time of 2:07.22 was 11 one-hundredths of a second better than the time posted by Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa.

Both Belmonte and Adams raced in the 200 butterfly final four years ago in London, with Belmonte taking silver and Adams finishing fifth.