UPDATED 3:14 p.m. Thursday
LONDON - Champaign's Tyler McGill will swim for a medal Friday at the Olympics.
McGill, of Champaign, is one of eight men left in the 100-meter butterfly swimming competition at the London Olympics. His time of 51.61 was good for second place in his heat and third overall in the semifinals Thursday afternoon. Eight of the 16 semifinalists moved on to the finals, scheduled for 1:38 p.m. Champaign time Friday.
His semifinal time was faster than he swam in the qualifying round earlier Thursday, when he finished second in his heat and seventh overall. In that race, at about 5:20 a.m. Champaign time, McGill swam in the fourth of six heats. His time of 51.95 seconds was 0.11 seconds behind that of Evgeny Korotyshkin of Russia in his heat.
Of the six qualifying heats, he was in seventh place overall, and the top 16 finishers went on to the next round. The top eight from that round went on to the finals.
In the qualifying heats, the only U.S. swimmer to finish ahead of McGill was Michael Phelps, who swam in 51.72, 0.23 seconds faster. The top placer overall was Chad LeClos of South Africa, in 51.54 seconds.
Phelps had the fastest time in the semifinals, at 50.86.
The world record for the event is 49.82 and the Olympic record is 50.58. Phelps set both those records.
See Friday's News-Gazette for more.