2016 Rio Olympics
In his Olympic debut, Prenot won a silver in the 20o meter breaststroke. A the halfway point he turned in third while Japan’s Yasuhiro Koseki went out like a rocket, leaving the rest of the field early and turning under world record pace. As he faded on the last 50, the rest of the field caught up and it was anyone’s race at the touch. Prenot touched second in 2:07.53, behind Kazakstan’s Dmitriy Balandin in 2:07.46. Anton Chupkov rounded out the medals touching in 2:07.70.
Prenot is a member of the USA Swimming National Team. He finished third in the 200m breaststroke and the 200m IM at the Phillips 66 Nationals to earn a roster spot on the 2014 Pan Pacific Championships where he touched fourth in the 200m breaststroke. In the previous short course season he earned a silver medal at the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals in the 400 IM. As a member of the USA Swimming National Junior Team he placed fifth in the 400m IM and sixth in the 200m butterfly at the 2010 Junior Pan Pacific Championships.
At the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials Prenot made a semi-final in the 200m breaststroke, finishing 10th, the 400m IM, finishing 13th, and the 200 IM, where he finished 14th.
2015 World University Games
After his junior year Prenot was selected to the 2015 World University Games Team that travelled to South Korea. He brought him three medals from the meet, including gold medals. One of his more surprising swims was a world-ranked performance in the 200-meter breast, which not only earned him the 6th ranked time in the world, but a gold medal. Prenot was prevented from going three-for-three on golds after also winning the 200-meter IM, when USA teammate Jay Litherland held off a charging Prenot on the freestyle leg, causing Prenot to settle for silver.
2016 U.S Olympic Trials
Prenot qualified for his first Olympic Games when he broke the US and American record in the 200 meter breaststroke in 2:07.17 and beating out 100 meter champion, Kevin Cordes. That time is also the 2nd fastest in the event ever, behind World Record holder Akhiro Yamaguchi. At the midway point, Prenot turned in 4th place, but his final two splits were the fastest in the field and helped him storm to finish first.
Interview with Josh Prenot: