VT swimmer Youssef Ramadan completes Olympic experience in 100m butterfly semifinals

Japan 2020

Szebasztian Szabo, of Hungary, dives in a men’s 100-meter butterfly semifinal at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Friday, July 30, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

TOKYO (WFXR) — Hours after swimming an Egyptian national record in the preliminary heats of the men’s 100m butterfly, Virginia Tech rising sophomore Youssef Ramadan completed his Tokyo Olympics experience by competing in the semifinals of the event.

Ramadan finished 16th overall, swimming a time of 52.27. The swimmers with the top eight fastest times moved on to Saturday morning’s final. American Caeleb Dressel set another Olympic record in his semifinal heat with a time of 49.71, the fastest qualifying time in the event.

Youssef is so far the only swimmer connected to Virginia Tech or head coach Sergio Lopez Miro’s pro training program in Christiansburg to advance out of the preliminary heats of an individual event. Italy’s Santo Condorelli won a relay silver earlier this week in the 4x100m freestyle relay.

Lopez Miro, who is in Tokyo as a swim coach for Singapore, will see two of his swimmers compete on Friday night in preliminary heats. Former Hokie and Hong Kong’s Ian Ho will compete in the men’s 50m freestyle preliminary heats on Friday night in Tokyo. Ho earlier competed in the 100m freestyle.

Egyptian Farida Osman will swim in her third and final event of these Olympics. The three-time Olympian will compete in the women’s 100m butterfly, with preliminary heats also taking place on Friday night.

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