Finally, equality in Olympic swimming is here, and this one was a long time coming. For decades, the longest distance women could swim in the Olympics was the 800-meter freestyle, while the men maxed out at the 1,500 in the pool. American superstar Katie Ledecky was unable to swim her best event, despite holding the world record in it – which she broke twice at the 2015 world championships. Male distance swimmers also had a disadvantage because their options were either the 400 meters or the mile with nothing in between. That’s a huge gap for those who excel in the 800 at the world championships and other major meets where it’s offered. But the International Olympic Committee’s announcement Friday that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics Games will include the women’s 1,500 and the men’s 800 finally equalizes both genders’ opportunities and brings the lineup into the 21st century.
Rio 2016 champion swimmer Adam Peaty says the introduction of mixed events for 2020 Tokyo Olympics would make the Olympics “more fun”.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will decide the medal events for each sport in 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Friday, 9 June – a month ahead of schedule.
The IOC believes mixed events and mixed relays will help promote gender equality.
“I’m 100% in favour as it would add spice,” Peaty told BBC Sport.
Archery, judo, modern pentathlon, table tennis, taekwondo, triathlon and synchronised swimming are some of the other sports known to have proposed mixed events.
The success of the 4x400m mixed event at the recent World Relays in the Bahamas increased the possibility of mixed athletics competitions entering the Tokyo Games.
Peaty helped guide the British swimming team to mixed medley relay gold as the event made its World Championship debut in 2015.
“It’s something that would make things [at the Olympics] a little bit more fun,” said Peaty.
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