Month: May 2016

European Swimming Championships 2016: Performance review of British athletes and media

The dust has settled and we reflect on the LEN European Swimming Championships, and in particular, some of the major talking points emerging from the British performance.

James Guy’s 400 free on the first day has been talked about throughout the week. He laboured to a 3.52.91 and the Millfield swimmer touched the wall in 27th position; a far cry from his Silver medal performance at the World Championships in Kazan last summer. This performance, however, was not as ‘shocking’ as the media have illustrated to the general public. Perhaps, in large part, a lack of knowledge was displayed in their characterisation of the young World Champion. Allow us to digress… (more…)

Analysis, insight and preview – 200m Breaststroke Final, European Swimming Championships

The 200m Breaststroke has undoubtedly the strongest depth in the mens Olympic program. The pool of talent runs deep. Akahiro Yamaguchis 2.07.01 technical masterclass remains the World Record standard, but for how much longer? There is a host of international talent closing in on this mark, suggesting there could be a close finish in Rio with a number of swimmers going under 2.08.

Perhaps the favourite for the Olympic title and leader of the World Record chasing pack is the German, Marco Koch, reigning European and World Champion. Marco, a perfect blend of power and poise, has been incredibly consistent in recent seasons. An unmatched thirteen ‘in-season’ swims under 2.09 in the past 3 years brings his total sub 2.09 efforts to 20. (more…)

Men’s 200 Freestyle: Most talked about event of 2016

The Men’s 200 metre freestyle is possibly the most talked about swimming events this year. Why? Because no one knows who’s going to win the coveted gold medal at the end of the season in Rio De Janeiro. The field is so open.

The 200 metre freestyle final in London tonight then is to follow suit, and it can only be described as the ‘entree to wet the appetite’ for the main event later in the summer. This 200metre freestyle event in London is a huge opportunity for the European stars to show the rest of the world, particularly the Americans and the Aussies, their intentions for the summer. (more…)

Day 2 Preview – European Swimming Championships

MENS 200 FREESTYLE

The Men’s 200 metre freestyle event is one of the most talked about in swimming in 2016. Why? Because no one knows who’s going to win the coveted gold medal at the end of the season in Rio De Janeiro. The field is so open.

This 200 freestyle event in London then is a huge opportunity for the European stars to show the rest of the world, particularly the Americans and the Aussies, their intentions for the summer. To read more analysis check out Men’s 200 Freestyle: Most talked about event of 2016

SwimWords Podium Predictions: GOLD – Stepjanovic. SILVER – Guy. BRONZE – Ponthain (more…)

European Swimming Championships – Day 1 Finals

It was a varied finals night in the London Aquatics Centre. Quite understandably some of the top athletes are not focusing on European titles this year due to the looming Olympic Games. We have seen some evidence of this is in the program this evening, however, we have also seen 3 Championship Records felled and a marked increase in depth in a selection of events on the opening night. (more…)

European Swimming Championships – Day 1 Heats Summary

MENS 400 FREESTYLE

First shock of the week’s competition comes in the first event. World Silver Medallist and Great Britain favourite, James Guy, finished 27th in this morning heats and will not be back to fight for silverware this evening. Although a time 3.52.91 in heavy training for Guy is not a disaster, he is likely to have expected to be a little closer than nearly 10 seconds away from the time he posted last month. He would have certainly expected to have a second go at it in the final in front of a home crowd. If he didn’t, then you have to ask, was there any point of swimming in an international event like this? (more…)

Preview – Day 1, European Swimming Championships 2016

MENS 400 FREE

On paper the World No.2 James Guy, and World No.3 Luca Detti from Italy are streaks ahead of the field both posting 3:43s last month at their respective Olympic qualifying events. Only Australian Mack Horton has gone faster than that this year. The next closest swimmer in 2016 in Europe lies on a 3:46, and although this was only Detti’s personal best time before his break through last month, Guy has been under this mark 8 times previously. Guy, the World Silver Medallist in this event in Kazan last year, is difficult to look past for the Gold. The defending European Champion, Velimir Stepjanovic has had a quiet couple of years since his stunning performance to win from the front in the converted Berlin Velodrome, and while he can never be counted out particularly with his gutsy going out speed, this could be slightly too far for a man who has had looked much better at the shorter distances this year. (more…)

Preview – LEN European Aquatics Championships 2016

LEN European Aquatics Championships: 16th-22nd May 2016

The swimming segment of the LEN European Aquatics Championships starts on Monday of next week. The 34 individual and 8 relay swimming events are to be held in Stratford, London at the London Aquatics Centre. Although the state of the art facility hosted Britain’s World Championship Swimming Trials last year for Kazan 2015, this will be the first time it has accommodated some of the world’s top international swimmers since London 2012 Games. (more…)