Alys Thomas qualifies for women's 200m butterfly final despite finishing fourth in her heat


Alys Thomas qualifies for women’s 200m butterfly final despite finishing fourth in her heat… but Team GB Laura Stephens misses out on Thursday’s showdown at Tokyo Games with sixth-place finish

Alys Thomas will take part in the women’s 200m butterfly final despite finishing outside the top three in her heat.

The 30-year-old finished behind American duo Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith as well as Svetlana Chimrova of the Russian Olympic Committee.

But Team GB’s 2018 Commonwealth champion Thomas snuck into to Thursday’s final after managing to scrape fourth place.

Alys Thomas will take part in the women's 200m butterfly final despite finishing outside the top three in her heat

Alys Thomas will take part in the women’s 200m butterfly final despite finishing outside the top three in her heat

The 30-year-old finished behind American duo Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith as well as Svetlana Chimrova

The 30-year-old finished behind American duo Hali Flickinger and Regan Smith as well as Svetlana Chimrova

There was less good news however for Laura Stephens, who finished outside the places for the final.

China’s Zhang Yufei, Boglarka Kapas from Hungary and the former’s compatriot Yu Liyan took the top three positions.

The 22-year-old Team GB star however finished in sixth with 2:09:49, with Brianna Throssell of Australia and Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa finishing above her.

Yufei therefore finished well clear of the rest of the field with Stephens coming home five tenths of a second outside the time she needed to reach the final.

Thomas's Team GB team-mate Laura Stephens missed out after finishing sixth in heat

Thomas’s Team GB team-mate Laura Stephens missed out after finishing sixth in heat

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