Blacksburg’s Ian Ho wins 100m freestyle heat, not quite fast enough for semifinal

Ho swims again on Friday in the 50m freestyle

Ian Ho of Hong Kong waves after his heat of the men's 100-meter freestyle at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) (Martin Meissner, Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)


In his Olympic debut, Blacksburg High School and Virginia Tech graduate Ian Ho came in first in his heat at 49.49.

Racing in the fourth heat, his time was not fast enough to qualify for the semifinals.

Across the nine heats, only the top 16 swimmers advanced, with the slowest time among them being Great Britain’s Jacob Whittle at 48.44 seconds.

Among the 71 swimmers in the event, Ho’s time finished 34th overall.

He’ll return to the pool on Friday at 6:14 a.m. EDT in heat 7 of 10 in the 50m freestyle.

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Blacksburg High School and Virginia Tech graduate Ian Ho will make his Olympic debut on Tuesday.

The event has nine scheduled heats, which begin at 6 a.m. EDT.

Ho, who is a member of Team Hong Kong, is taking part in Heat 4 of the Men’s 100m freestyle, which is slated for 6:09 a.m.

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Click here to watch the event as it happens.

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If he advances, the event’s semifinal round is scheduled to take place on Wednesday.