July 30, 2021

Armstrong Helps Advance U.S. Medley Relay to Finals


TOKYO, Japan – Swimming in his second race of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Hunter Armstrong helped the United States’ men’s 4x100m medley relay qualify for the finals during Friday morning’s session at the Tokyo Aquatic Centre. Team USA will race for an Olympic medal on Saturday at approximately 10:36 p.m. ET on NBC.

Armstrong led off the relay swimming backstroke, clocking in at 53.51 to put the team in a tie for fourth place after the first 100 meters. Racing in the first heat, the U.S. relay team finished seventh overall in 3:32.29.

In his first event of the Olympic Games, the Dover, Ohio native narrowly missed the finals of the 100m backstroke, finishing ninth, just 0.01 seconds shy of a qualifying time.

In addition to Armstrong, Ruslan Gaziev and Matthew Abeysinghe represented the Buckeyes at the 2020 Olympic Games. Gaziev helped the Canadian 4×100 freestyle relay team to a seventh-place overall finish in the opening heats to qualify for the finals. The team ultimately finished fourth. Abeysinghe raced in the 100m freestyle, and his second Olympic games, finishing eighth in the fourth heat of the event.