Pori won his first round, but it was not enough for the semi-finals in the 100-meter breaststroke.
Checkmate Mattsson was pleased with his Olympic opening, although he didn’t detach from the sequel in the 100-meter breaststroke.
The goal of Pori is next week’s main trip in the 200-meter breaststroke, where Mattsson was fourth in the European Championships in May.
“Pretty well on the sidelines. I swam according to the script. Starting the search and accelerating to the end, ”Mattsson told three Finnish journalists from a safety distance of about three meters at the Tokyo Olympic Swimming Center.
The script liked well. Mattsson was fifth in the half, but scooped his first round to victory at 1.00.02.
It was only three hundredths of a second of his own Finnish record time of 59.99.
With a better final glide, Mattsson could have swim in less than a minute. Now he stretched too much to reach the paint tile.
“I should have taken one more bet.”
Mattsson was 21st in total times. 16 breast swimmers made it to the semi-finals. The last of them was 59.68. Finland’s record would have been required for the semi-finals. A total of 20 swimmers fell below the minute limit.
As expected, the fastest in the early rounds was British Adam Peaty, 57.56. He is the travel ME swimmer (56.88), Rio 2016 Olympic champion, three-time world champion and two-time European champion.
Before race Mattsson thought the first race start in Tokyo was “similar to a circus as in other races”.
However, that was not the case. The competitions are held without an audience. After all, other swimmers had been allowed into the athletes’ auditorium to encourage their own.
“The feeling was a bit like at church. It was quiet in the hall. We have to be happy that the competitions can be organized and completed. Let’s go by the rules. Masks are kept pretty well in the race village, ”Mattsson said.
Mattsson the race continues on Tuesday in the early stages of the 200-meter breaststroke. Based on Saturday’s 100 meters, the breaststroke is in record condition.
At the European Championships in Budapest, Mattsson swam twice in the SE’s semi-finals 2.08.26 and the final 2.08.48.
The final venue is likely to require an end time starting in 2.08 in Tokyo, preferably even below it.
“Now I could have swim another hundred meters at the same pace. None of the acids came. ”