Blacksburg’s Ian Ho makes Olympic swimming debut in Tokyo

Japan 2020

Hong Kong’s Ho Ian Yentou reacts after winning a heat for the men’s 100m freestyle swimming event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP) (Photo by JONATHAN NACKSTRAND/AFP via Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR) — Four days after marching in the Opening Ceremony, Ian Ho made his Olympic swimming debut on Tuesday for Hong Kong. The Blacksburg-native won his respective heat of the men’s 100m freestyle, finishing with a time of 49.49.

Ho’s time was good to make the Top 40 overall, placing 34th, but not good enough to make the Top 16 that advances to the semifinals. The former Virginia Tech swimmer will compete in the men’s 50m freestyle on Friday.

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling and Iceland’s Anton McKee were both in action on Tuesday night in Tokyo as well. Both trained at Virginia Tech prior to arriving in Tokyo.

Schooling swam in the men’s 100m freestyle preliminaries, finishing with a time of 49.84, placing 39th overall.

McKee placed second in his heat of the men’s 200m breaststroke, swimming a time of 2:11.64, to place 24th.

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