How to watch 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games swimming live online

Posted: 19 July 2021 4:45 pm
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The sky is the limit for Australia's swim team at the 2020 Olympics with some predicting a record haul from the pool.

Australian swimming could be on the verge of something great with predictions that the Dolphins could rake in a record medal haul at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Our swimmers sent a message to the world at the Olympic trials in Adelaide in June as 1 world record, 4 Commonwealth records and 5 Australian records were set during a scorching meet.

Some forecasts have Australia pulling 23 medals out of the pool. With chances like that, you won't want to miss a stroke.

When do the Tokyo Olympics start?

The Games get cracking with the Opening Ceremony on Friday 23 July 2021, with competition continuing right through until the Closing Ceremony on Sunday 8 August 2021. We have a comprehensive Olympics guide for you here.

When does swimming start at the 2020 Olympics?

Heats in the pool get underway on day 1 of official competition on Saturday 24 July at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. It is a magnificent US$523 million edifice seating 15,000 spectators constructed for the Games, although fans won't be attending these Olympics due to the pandemic. The swimming wraps up on Sunday 1 August.

Emily Seebohm will make history in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics.

Emily Seebohm will make history in the pool at the Tokyo Olympics. Image: Kayo Sports

How to watch swimming live streams in Australia

The 2020 Olympic Games are being broadcast on Channel 7. As is always the case, our swimmers are sure to be hugely popular once more. You can also catch some swimming content, including docuseries Head Above Water, on Amazon Prime Video.

How to watch the Tokyo Olympic Games in Australia

Channel 7 holds the broadcast rights for the Tokyo Olympic Games in Australia. On television, the network will be spreading the action across its main 7 channel, plus 7TWO and 7mate. You can also stream the Olympics, including the swimming, on 7plus. We have more information in our guide on watching the 2020 Games.

Can you watch the Olympics on 7plus?

Yes. Channel 7 will be streaming live Olympic content on 7plus. A 24/7 live stream and a dedicated Olympic channel featuring replays, highlights, interviews and more will be in operation across the Games.

How many Australian swimmers will compete in Tokyo?

Australia's Olympic swimming team is made up of 35 swimmers, comprising 18 women and 17 men. Impressively, it includes 5 swimmers who are ranked number 1 in the world heading into Tokyo.

There are high hopes for Kaylee McKeown and Ariarne Titmus, while Emily Seebohm and Cate Campbell join swimming great Leisel Jones as the only Australians to ever make 4 Olympic Games in the pool. Another 3 will compete in their third Olympics. There are also 21 debutants on the team.

How many gold medals will Australian swimmers win?

Australia claimed a total of 10 medals in the pool at the Rio Olympics, 5 of which came in relay events. As mentioned, predictions are much higher in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 will feature a total of 37 events, 18 each for men and women and 1 mixed event. It includes a 10km open-water marathon for men and women. It's up from 34 total events in Rio.

How many this time around? We've seen predictions as high as 13 golds, but that's a little optimistic for us. Anywhere in the 7-10 range would be fantastic. Our best ever medal haul from the pool at an Olympics was when the Dolphins collected 20 at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Australian swimmers to watch

Kaylee McKeown

If she isn't already, Kaylee McKeown will become a household name in Australia during these Games. The 20-year-old was in sensational form during the trials. She smashed the world record in the 100m backstroke – in 57.45, if you don't mind – and set a new Commonwealth record in the 200m backstroke.

McKeown has the chance to become the first Australian woman to win gold at the Olympic Games in a backstroke event. Come on, Kaylee!

Cate Campbell

Star veteran Cate Campbell, 29, is off to her fourth Olympics and has the honour of being a flag bearer, alongside basketballer Patty Mills, at the Opening Ceremony. Campbell first won Aussie hearts when she claimed 2 bronze medals at the 2008 Games, aged just 16.

The freestyler holds 21 international gold medals, 2 world records and 2 Games records. She had a tough time in Rio, but we're backing Cate to make Australia proud once more. Her younger sister Bronte, who featured in Head Above Water, has also qualified for Tokyo and will swim in the relays.

Keen to know about more sports streaming? Check out our sports streaming homepage and find out where to watch every event. If you're not sure who to stream with, we've got a Foxtel vs Kayo comparison so you can decide which one suits you best.

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