Virginia Tech’s Youssef Ramadan advances to 100m fly semifinals

Japan 2020

GREENSBORO, NORTH CAROLINA – NOVEMBER 13: Youssef Ramadan reacts after competing in the Men’s 100m Butterfly during the Toyota U.S. Open Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center on November 13, 2020 in Greensboro, North Carolina. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

TOKYO (WFXR) — For the first time at these Olympics, there will be a Hokie swimming in the morning session at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre.

Virginia Tech rising sophomore and Egyptian swimmer Youssef Ramadan advanced to the semifinals of the men’s 100m butterfly after placing 14th overall with a time of 51.67 out of Thursday night’s preliminary heats. Ramadan finished second in his respective heat. The top 16 swimmers qualify for the semifinals.

Fellow Hokie Antani Ivanov was 29th overall out of prelims after swimming a time of 52.25.

Singapore’s Joseph Schooling, the defending champion who trained in Christiansburg with Tech head coach Sergio Lopez Miro, failed to advance to the semifinals after placing 44th with a time of 53.12.

Italy’s Santo Conderelli, already a silver medalist at these Tokyo Games, also did not advance after finishing 31st with a time 52.32. Conderelli also trained with Lopez Miro in Christiansburg prior to the Olympics.

In the women’s 200m backstroke, the Dominican Republic’s Krystal Lara, another trainee under Lopez Miro, completed her Olympics by swimming a time of 2:18.63 in her preliminary heat. This was the second of two events for Lara after competing in the 100m backstroke earlier in the week.

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