Kate Douglass advances to 200 IM final after winning second straight Olympic heat


Kate Douglass leads the heat in the last lap

PMHS alum Kate Douglass won her second consecutive heat Monday night in the women’s 200 individual medley, sending her to the medal race Tuesday.

Douglass posted a time of 2:09.21, beating Great Britain’s Abby Wood by .35 seconds. Across the two heats, Douglass had the fastest overall time.

The top eight swimmers from both semifinals held Monday night advanced to the medal race, including Douglass’s University of Virginia teammate Alex Walsh, who won the first semifinal and is the only other American to qualify for the final.

The medal race will be Douglass’s last swim at the Tokyo Olympics, as this is her lone event. She will most likely be in lane four because of her time Monday. The race can be watched on NBC at 10:45 p.m.

The finishing order and times in the semifinal Douglass won, according to NBCOlympics.com:

  1. K. Douglass (USA) – 2:09.21
  2. A. Wood (GB) – 2:09.56
  3. A. Wilson (GB) – 2:10.59
  4. M. Ugolkova (Switzerland) – 2:10.65
  5. A. Gorbenko (Israel)-  2:10.70
  6. C. Duhamel (France) – 2:10.84
  7. S. Kim (South Korea) – 2:11.38
  8. I. Cusinato (Italy) – 2:12.10