Podium predictions for Day 3

In contrast to previous showdowns, the finals on Day 3 look to be a much closer affair. This leads to a very exciting set of races, with dreams being separated by hundredths of a second. A tough ask to call the medal winners, but here at #SwimWords we will try our best!

Who wants it more…? Who has prepared the best…? Who put in the extra training session when no one else did…?

MEN’S 200 FREESTYLE

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Men’s 200 Freestyle Sun Dwyer Hagino

Sun Yang is just too strong on the last 50 metres, and with the fastest time in the World this year, he is the man to beat. He will want to prove himself after losing the 400 metres freestyle to Mack Horton on the first day.

Conor Dwyer is on the form of his life, and made huge improvements on the double distance. After a fourth place though he will be looking for his first individual Olympic medal. The whole swimming world will be rooting for Dwyer to go one better than the disgraced Sun.

Kosuke Hagino was in imperious form on the 400IM taking the top spot on Day 1. With nothing to lose and a fast finishing ability he is the #SwimWords pick for Bronze

WOMEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE

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This race is so open after a disappointing Semi-final swim from the favourite Emily Seebohm. The Australian’s heat swim showed promise nevertheless (58.99), so expect her to make a move from Lane 1.

Katinka Hosszu needs no introduction after her 400 Individual Medley demonstration on the opening day. Katinka will be buzzing from her previous performances and no one can doubt her competitive instinct. Gold is a risky bet, but that is why we love the sport!

Kathleen Baker has topped the rankings in both preliminary rounds posting 58.84 on both occasions. Beaten by Olivia Smoliga at the U.S. Team Trials, Baker has improved in her second taper and looks strong in the final stages. Who knows how she will deal with the pressure…

#SwimWords have picked the podium places but this race is so tight that there can be three different names on the role of honour.

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Women’s 100 Backstroke Hosszu Seebohm Baker

 

MEN’S 100 BACKSTROKE

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Like the female equivalent, this race could be won by any of four very fast men. One of these gentlemen will miss out on a medal.

Ryan Murphy looked the best in the semi-finals. David Plummer is the fastest on paper this year. Mitch Larkin is the defending World Champion and has performed on the big stage before. European Champion, Camille Lacourt, has the speed to crash this party and will be desperate to better his 4th place anguish at London 2012.

This race will be won on the final stroke. Who will hold their nerve…?

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Men’s 100 Backstroke Murphy Larkin Plummer

 

WOMEN’S 100 BREASTSTROKE

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This is the third of the tight finals tonight. No one stands out like the unusual dominance of yesterday.

Lilly King is World ranked No.1 this year so there is no huge surprise that she goes into tonight’s final as the fastest seed. Russian swimmer Yulia Efimova has looked very strong this week; starting slow but accelerating late in the last 25 metres. She will be King’s biggest concern, but for the future of the sport in the battle against doping cheats, #SwimWords is hoping for an American win.

Defending Olympic champion, Ruta Meilutyte, has been out of sorts so far this week. The Lithuanian has struggled to recover from a bad elbow injury last year and looks very heavy in the water. It looks like she has been able to retain her natural speed, but has lost her endurance at the end of the race, resulting in a dramatic fade in the final 15 metres. You feel that Meilutyte’s best chance is to go out fast and hold on for dear life!

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Women’s 100 Breaststroke King Efimova Meilutyte

 

#Swimwords boasts an 88% Gold medal prediction success rate and an 88% medallist prediction success rate. With these races tonight poised as they are, it will be tough to maintain this success rate after Day 3.

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