Abbey Weitzeil will get her second and final chance to win her first individual medal at the Tokyo Olympics Saturday evening, one day after the swimmer raised in Saugus recorded a lifetime best in the 50-meter freestyle.
Weitzeil’s semifinal time of 24.19 seconds was the fourth-fastest and moved her up to No. 4 on the list of all-time fastest Americans in the event. Her previous best was 23.45 set in 2020.
The race is set to begin at 6:37 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time and will be televised live by NBC.
Weitzeil was eighth in the women’s 100 freestyle Wednesday, a race she finished seventh in during the 2016 Rio Games, where she advanced to the semifinals of the 50 freestyle.
The 24-year-old Weitzeil won a bronze medal last Saturday by swimming the second leg on the U.S. women’s 4X100-meter freestyle relay team. She won a gold medal as part of the 4X100 medley relay team and a silver on the 4X100 freestyle relay team in the 2016 Olympics.
Weitzeil graduated from Saugus High School in 2015 and deferred entering UC Berkeley for a year to train for the Olympics. She swam for the Golden Bears from 2016-20, winning the 2019 NCAA championship in the 50 freestyle and was the recipient of the 2020 Honda Sport Award for swimming, given to the national swimmer of the year.