Medal picks for Day 2 finals in Brazil

After an exhilarating first day of swimming in Brazil, with three World Records, and some exciting finishes, we move on to our second day of medal predictions. Another four Gold medals are up for grabs today, and after an 83% medal and 100% Gold hit rate yesterday, #SwimWords is looking for another successful day.

So here are our picks for the Day 2 medals….

WOMEN’S 100 BUTTERFLY

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The World Record holder, Sarah Sjoestroem, has been dominant in her heat and semi-final. She is so much stronger than the field in the final 25 metres that even if Sarah is behind at the beginning she will still be standing on the top of the podium.

Dana Vollmer had a much slower semi-final swim last night, but if she is able to replicate her heat swim of 56.56, she will take the Silver medal. The Olympic Champion from London will have the morning to rest and use to her advantage before the final.

Australian Emma McKeon will be boosted after winning Gold in the 4×100 Freestyle relay in a new World Record. If she repeats her semi-final clocking of 56.81 she will take the Bronze, just ahead of the Canadian and World Junior record holder Penny Oleksiak.

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Women’s 100 Butterfly Sjoestroem Vollmer McKeon

 

MEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE

It has been the ‘Adam Peaty Show’ in the breaststroke thus far. The British powerhouse has blown away the field and looks untouchable for the Gold. It would be no surprise if he lowered his already astonishing World Record a little further.

The Silver and Bronze medals are much harder to predict. The defending Olympic Champion, Cameron van der Burgh, is obviously not on the same form as last year, and has looked heavy in the qualifying rounds. However, having been there and done it in an Olympic final four years ago, he will arguably deal with the pressure and bright lights better than his competitors.

Kevin Cordes is starting to get a reputation for going slower in the finals, and Yasuhiro Kosecki and home favourite Felipe Franca, both went considerably slower in the semi-finals when there was more pressure on the swim. USA team member Cody Miller is our pick to take the Silver. He has gone under the radar so far, but is getting faster through the rounds, and seems a character who doesn’t get overawed by the big occasion.

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Men’s 100 Breaststroke Peaty Miller van der Burgh

 

WOMEN’S 400 FREESTYLE

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After a storming anchor leg in women’s 4×100 freestyle relay for the USA, it is very clear that Katie Ledecky is on great form this week. The American star is some way ahead of the field, and barring accident, she should easily win the Gold. We would also expect her to beat her own World Record in the final later.

We haven’t seen Leah Smith on Day 1 so it more difficult to predict her form. However the American team have started well, and if Smith can get close to her best time, she will win the Silver medal. Although it is an individual sport in many respects, team members do get affected by how their training partners race, and can get brought along on the wave that a team on form can bring. In this respect, Jessica Ashwood would have been buoyed by the two Gold medals for Australia yesterday, and she may be able to repeat her Bronze from the Worlds in 2015 here in Rio. Jaz Carlin looked great in qualifying second for the final however, and on that form she looks like she could pip the rest into 3rd. The key is how the athletes recover from heat to final, and just like the men’s event yesterday, some competitors will inevitably not be able to repeat their prelim performance.

SwimWords podium prediction:

    GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Women’s 400 Freestyle   Ledecky Smith Carlin

 

MEN’S 4×100 FREESTYLE RELAY

Members of France's 4x100m men's freestyle relay team cheer as they win the event final at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Aquatics Centre

Members of France’s 4x100m men’s freestyle relay team winning at London 2012 Olympic Games

There has been no love lost in past Olympiads between the main contenders in this relay, and 2016 will be no different. This event is the battle of the Alpha males and the trash talking comes hand in hand!

With the fastest ever man in a textile suit on the Australian team, the enigmatic French defending their Olympic title, and the USA unsure whether they should use the ‘Greatest Olympic Swimmer of All Time’ in their line up; it promises to be a fascinating watch.

For more in depth insight on predictions and the result of this Men’s relay click on the article ‘How do the men shape up for the relays in Rio?

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Men’s 4×100 Freestyle relay AUS USA FRA

 

That completes the medal opportunities for the Day 2 finals session. Enjoy watching it all unfold…

 

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