Euro2016: Local rivals go head-to-head

After very successful SwimWords prediction in today’s earlier Wales Vs. England fixture, this evening sees Germany face local rivals Poland at the Euro 2016 Football Championships, and once again SwimWords are replicating this by selecting two of the best swimmers in their respective countries to dual against each other in the pool. The swimmer with the highest credentials, not only earns themselves bragging rights amongst their peers but a predicted score for their nation’s football team to emulate.

Group C: GERMANY vs POLAND, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Thursday 16th June

The selected representative for Germany is:

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  • Athlete: Marco Koch
  • Born: 1990
  • Height: 1.83cm
  • Best Senior Result: Gold 200 Breaststroke, World Championships, Kazan, 2015

The selected representative for Poland is:

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  • Athlete: Radoslaw Kawecki
  • Born: 1991
  • Height: 1.86cm
  • Best Senior Result: Silver 200 Backstroke, World Championships, Kazan, 2015

 

Marco Koch is an easy choice for the German selection committee. The World Champion from Kazan last year is without doubt also the premier 4-length breaststroker in the world in 2016. His time of 2.07.69, which he clocked in Luxembourg in February, is not only the fastest on the planet, but it is also faster than the time he finished on to win the Gold in Russia. His form has continued since February, having just won the overall prize on the Mare Nostrum tour, highlighting his ability to consistently swim fast every time he dives off the block. There was a slight chink in his armour however when he was narrowly beaten by the young Russian, Anton Chupkov, in Canet earlier this month.

Radoslaw Kawecki has been in the top echelons of European backstroking for a number of years and in particular the 200 metre distance. Kawecki is a fine choice for the Polish starting line-up. He won a well-deserved silver medal in 200m backstroke at both the 2013 and 2015 World Championships, and has twice been the 200m backstroke World Short Course Champion. Although he has not yet shown his best form in 2016 (1.54.24 personal best), he is still ranked No.2 in Europe (1.55.98 this year) with his sights firmly set on Rio2016 and improving his fourth place from London2012. Kawecki is renowned for his imperious underwater off each turn wall, so look for a very technically assured performance from the Polish.

Who wins this head-to-head? Both athletes are very technically adept and Poland have a better record at the very highest competition in the sport of swimming (Koch was unable to reach the final at the London Olympics in 2012). This however is a dual that favours the form nation to succeed, and with that in mind, Germany although recently have proven that they are not invincible, have to be the favourites for this one.

SwimWords Euro16 Score:         

GERMANY     2        :         0      POLAND

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