The 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will be upon us sooner than you think and swimmers from all over the world are preparing to make their mark after impressive performances at the Rio ’16 Games. We already expect Americans Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky to win gold at the next Olympics, but they will surely have competition with rising talents from Canada, Great Britain and their own team. Here are three promising swimmers to watch for in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic games:

 

Olivia Smoliga, 21, Team USA

Smoliga beat two former gold medalists to win the 100m backstroke at the 2016 US Olympic Swim Trials which qualified her for a spot on the Rio 2016 team. In Rio, she was a member of the gold medal-winning women’s 4×100 medley relay team and placed sixth in the 100m backstroke.

                   Olivia Smoliga

Smoliga’s previous accomplishments include a silver in the 100m backstroke at the 2015 Pan American Games, placed first in the 50m freestyle and third in the 400m medley relay at 2013-14 NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. She currently holds the American record in the 50-meter backstroke.

The success and experience Smoliga earned at Rio 2016 has made her a rising star in the pool and an invaluable asset to USA Swimming.

                        Santo Condorelli

Santo Condorelli, 21, Team Canada

This American-Canadian swimmer, although raised in Portland, Ore., is eligible to compete for Team Canada because his mother is from Kenora, Ont. The 2015 season was a breakthrough for Condorelli as he went on to become one of Canada’s most decorated athletes in the Pan Am Games with four medals, including a silver in the 100m freestyle and bronze in the 100m butterfly. At the 2015 World Championships, he finished fourth in the 100m freestyle, missing out on the podium by just 0.07, but notably defeating former American Olympic champion Nathan Adrian. In Rio, he placed fourth in the 100m freestyle and also competed in the 100m butterfly and 50m freestyle.

Candorelli’s strength and speed will only improve over the next four years and make him an athlete that can deliver big on the world stage for Canada at Tokyo 2020.
                 Georgia Coates

Georgia Coates, 17, Team GB

The talented Georgia Coates of Great Britain is the youngest member of the British swimming team sent to Rio. The 17-year-old had an excellent 2015 season that saw her win silver in the 400m individual medley and bronze in the 200m individual relay at the 2015 FINA World Junior Swimming Championships as well as five medals at the European Games in Baku, Azerbaijan, where she actually had to write her final exams between her races.

In her first Olympics at Rio, Coates competed in the 200m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle relay and the 4x100m freestyle relay. She was also selected for UK Sport’s Athlete Performance Award (APA). This prestigious award provides her with increased funding and access to world-class sports science facilities.

Georgia’s natural talent combined with her youth definitely make her one swimmer you won’t want to miss in Tokyo and beyond.