Day 6 medal contenders

There are another four gold medals up for grabs for the athletes in Rio tonight. #SwimWords has currently predicted 80% of Gold medals over the first 5 days of competition and is hoping to continue in the same vein.

Here are our picks for Day 6 in the pool…

WOMEN’S 200 Breaststroke

SwimWords podium prediction:

Women’s 200 Breaststroke Efimova McKeown Kaneto
  • If Efimova goes out a little faster to the half way mark, she could take the Gold. She has the fastest 100 speed in the field. Expect huge boo’s from the crowd if this was to happen.
  • McKeown looked great in the semi-final and is the fastest seed. Just from her reaction after her swim, she thinks she has more.
  • The fastest in the World this year, Kaneto has been a little of her best. She came through the field strongly in qualifying. She will have to commit earlier is she wants Gold.

MEN’S 200 Backstroke


SwimWords podium prediction:

Men’s 200 Backstroke Murphy Rylov Larkin
  • Murphy looked great in the semi-finals with plenty left in the tank
  • Rylov has great finishing speed and is fastest seed
  • World Champion Larkin is out of sorts, but can still dig deep to snatch a Bronze



Rio Olympics Swimming

SwimWords podium prediction:

Men’s 200 Individual Medley Phelps Hagino Lochte
  • Never bet again the great man. Phelps looked good in the semi-finals and is capable of 1.54.
  • Hagino has had a lot of racing since his 400IM Gold on Day 1. With the fastest time this year he won’t be far from Phelps.
  • World Record holder Lochte is not the same force he once was, but he loves to race, and will be close.


WOMEN’S 100 Freestyle


SwimWords podium prediction:

Women’s 100 Freestyle C Campbell Sjostrom Oleksiak
  • You can’t bet against a lady who his 0.75 ahead of the field at her best. However, with previous experience of faltering in major finals, and in her team mate McEvoy beaten easily in a similar position last night, she will be feeling vulnerable.
  • Sjostrom, with a Gold and Silver already, doesn’t need to show her colours until the final. Expect her to drop time when it matters.
  • Canadian youngster Penny Oleksiak is flying this week having already picked up three Olympic medals! Bronte Campbell doesn’t look at her best at this meet, and Oleksiak will be looking to take advantage.


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