Ryan Murphy
Ryan Murphy is one of the strong contenders for the men's 100m backstroke gold in the finals.Reuters

The sport of swimming, which started on Saturday, in the ongoing Rio Olympics has produced some breath-taking moments, and some tumbling records as well. Swimmers from around the world have shown fine form at the Olympics Aquatic Stadium. 

Michael Phelps, who is considered one of the best swimmers the world has seen, also won his 19th Olympic gold medal, creating history on Sunday.

Swimmers (both men's and women's) from all around the world are battling it out for gold medals in various events. Some huge events are lined up on Monday, including women's 200m freestyle, but all eyes will be on the contest in the men's 200m freestyle, women's 100m backstroke and men's 100m backstroke.

Women's 200m freestyle

Many swimmers from around the world will participate in the event, which will comprise the heats and the semifinals on Monday. Six heats are going to take place, but swimming fans will keenly follow how Katie Ledecky, Missy Franklin and Sarah Sjostrom will fare in the competition. They are strong competitors for medals in the event, and they might just use these heats as preparations for the finals.

The fifth heat is expected to be an interesting one, as Bronte Barratt, the 2012 Olympics bronze medallist, and Ledecky will be seen competing against one another. Barratt is another serious contender in the Rio Olympics. There is plenty of home interest too, with Brazil's Manuella Lyrio and Larissa Oliveria set to compete. India will be represented by Shivani Kataria in the first heat.

Men's 200m freestyle final

China's Sun Yang has been touted as one of the top favourites to win the gold at the event, and the swimmer has not disappointed fans so far. Yang clocked 1:44:63 in the second semifinal, which was the best timing. The Chinese swimmer will be the one to beat on Monday. It remains to be seen how the 2015 World Champion from Great Britain, James Guy, performs on the day. Or can Germany's Paul Biedermann and Conor Dwyer from the U.S stop Yang from winning?

Women's 100m backstroke final

Top eight swimmers will battle it out for the gold medal, and the contest promises to be hugely entertaining. A close fight is expected between two strong competitors — Kathleen Baker (U.S.) and Fu Yuanhui (China) — but one cannot ignore other swimmers like Kylie Massa and Mie Nelsen, who will be keen to stun the American and the Chinese.

Men's 100m backstroke final

The question during this final that most fans would ask is: Can Mitch Larkin stop Americans Ryan Murphy and David Plummer? Going by the way the two American swimmers performed in the semifinals it is not going to be an easy task for the Australian. Murphy and Plummer were the two fastest men in the event, and the Americans will be keen to fight among themselves for the gold medal as well.

Where to watch live

The swimming events are scheduled to start with Women's 200m freestyle at 9:24 p.m IST (2:54 p.m local time, 4:54p.m BST, 111:54 a.m ET). Men's 200m freestyle final ( Aug.9 - 10:21 pm local time), women's 100m backstroke final (Aug 9. - 10:30 pm local time), men's 100m backstroke final( Aug 9. - 10:38 pm local time)

Live streaming and TV options for Rio Olympics 2016

India: TV:  Star Sports 1/HD, 2/HD. Live Streaming: Hotstar.

UK: TV: BBC. Live Streaming: BBCiPlayer.

USA: TV: NBC. Live Streaming: NBC Sports live extra, NBC Olympics and NBC Olympics app.

China: TV: CCTV.

Brazil: TV: SporTV, Globo, Fox Sports and ESPN.

Australia: TV: Channel 7, 7Two and 7Mate. Live Streaming: Channel 7 online.





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