July 20, 2021

Three Swimmers Set to Compete at 2020 Tokyo Olympics


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COLUMBUS, Ohio – Three members of the Ohio State University men’s swimming team, including two current members of the team, will take part in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, which kick off this Friday, July 23, with the opening ceremony at Tokyo’s Olympic Stadium. The opening ceremony will take place at 8 p.m. local time in Japan, which is 7 a.m. EDT in the United States.

Ohio State’s Swimming Olympians

  • Matthew Abeysinghe (Colombo, Sri Lanka; Beavercreek, Ohio) – Sri Lanka Olympian; Matthew will be competing for Sri Lanka in an Olympic Games for the second time; also competed in the 2016 Rio games; the first Sri Lankan swimmer to qualify under an Olympic standard; was a seven-time relay All-American for the Buckeyes, including first-team as part of the 200 free, 400 free and 800 free relays; graduated in 2021 with his degree in sport industry.
  • Hunter Armstrong (Dover, Ohio) – United States Olympian; will compete in the 100 backstroke July 24-26 with his first swim between 6-8:30 p.m. on the 24th; semis are July 25 (9:30-11 p.m.) and the finals are July 26 (9:30-11 p.m.); Armstrong made the team by finishing second at the Olympic trials in the 100 backstroke with a terrific personal-best swim of 52.48 in the finals which is just off the world record (51.97); is the first Ohio State male swimmer to make the U.S. Olympic swimming team in 65 years, or since the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, when Ford Kono, George Onekea, Yoshi Oyakawa and Albert Wiggins represented Ohio State for the U.S.A.
  • Ruslan Gaziev (Toronto, Canada) – Canadian Olympian; will compete as part of the 4×100 freestyle relay team on July 25 with prelims (6-8:30 a.m. window) and finals (9:30-11 p.m.); second at the Canadian trials in the 100 free; Gaziev swam the 2018-19 and 2019-20 seasons for Ohio State and took this past season off to focus on the Olympics; will be a junior for Ohio State in the fall.

Ohio State’s swimming contingent is part of an Ohio State-record representation of student-athletes at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics with 26 current, former or incoming student-athletes set to compete for their respective country’s Olympic Team. The previous high was 19 Olympians at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.