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Final day, final predictions

It is the last day of racing in the pool and we have another four finals to play out. With tired and weary bodies and minds, we will see who has managed the eight days of emotionally intense scrutiny the best.

Two ends of the individual event spectrum will be showcased today; whilst the women fight out the one length dash without breathing, the men will do battle over the longest event in the programme – hopefully pacing the 30 lengths to perfection.

Here are our final medal predictions for the Rio 2016 Games… (more…)

Day 7 finals – who do you fancy?

The penultimate day of racing in the pool at #Rio16 and some of the big stars are back out to play. Tonight sees Phelps, Ledecky and Hosszu aiming to extend their medal count and further imprint their legacy on the Games.

Short and sweet but here are our picks for Day 7… (more…)

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:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
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.

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Who will find glory on Day 5?

A very quick rundown of tonight’s medal predictions…

MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE

This is the tightest and arguably strongest field of any of the Olympic finals this week. Seven men separated by half a second, with the slowest man in the final posting 2.08.20 in 8th. This is only 1.19 seconds away from the World Record. Try and find another final this week where the swimmer standing behind Lane 8 is as close to the WR! In the Men’s 200 freestyle it was 4.23 seconds and in the Men’s 200 butterfly the gap was 4.52 seconds. In the Women’s 200IM it was a range of 4.75 seconds going into the final. The closest was the Women’s 200 freestyle, which was set at 3.65 secs.

This only means it will be an incredibly close field and anyone can win it. Prenot has the fastest lifetime best. Watanabe broke the Olympic record in the semi-finals and Willis is the most experienced of all. The World Champion from 2015, Marco Koch, has a lane too but with reports of a shoulder injury he may not be as dangerous as previously thought. The German did however ask his Government for £1m Euro bonus if he wins gold, to replicate other sports with larger financial rewards. So don’t count him out just yet!

SwimWords podium prediction:

  GOLD SILVER BRONZE
Men’s 200 Breaststroke Prenot Watanabe Willis

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Day 4…it’s that time again!

After a number of tight final races on Day 3, tonight’s competition promises to be no different. This is hardly a surprise when you have multiple World Record holders all competing on the same evening.

#SwimWords has currently predicted 92% of Gold medallists after three days of competition, but with a couple of mouth-watering head-to-head rivalries, forecasts are not getting any easier.

WOMEN’S 200 FREESTYLE

Who will win the Women’s 200 freestyle?

If you asked this question two days ago, the prompt answer would have been Katie Ledecky. However, after the semi-finals unfolded last night, the tall Sarah Sjostrom put a large doubt in the minds of many. The Swede went head-to-head with Ledecky and smoothly proceeded to show her strength to beat a scrappy looking Ledecky in 1.54.65. It was the manner of the way Sjostrom was able to do this and the confidence she is obviously feeling after making history in the pool for her country. There is no doubt that Ledecky was trying, but does she have another gear..?

Both are have swum World Records this meet. Both have raised their game in finals. Both are undoubtedly on great form. Strap yourselves in for this one ladies and gents! (more…)

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…? (more…)

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…. (more…)

Medal contenders on Day 1 in Rio

Over the coming days #SwimWords will endeavour to predict who will win the swimming medals at Rio 2016 offering insight as we go. Before each day we will post our predictions with a short explanation of the reasoning behind the picks. #SwimWords will look to track the success of our predictions throughout the Olympic week.

So….

Here are the picks for the medals available on Day 1 of the Games…. (more…)

How do the men shape up for the relays in Rio?

As promised here comes the second installment of relay predictions and analysis from #SwimWords but this time we evaluate the Men’s team standings….

Whereas the women will be likely knocking on the door of World Records in at least two out of three relays, the men have not been able to replicate the speed they found in the team events of 2008 and 2009. This, quite understandably, is a reflection on the change in swimsuit regulations; where men were able to wear suits that covered their full body. The change in rules, only allowing men to wear jammers (waist to knee), was a larger jump in material reduction than the women experienced (shoulder to knee) and therefore might correlate in the fact the women are closer (if not now faster) than the times recorded in that ‘super-suit’ era. The ‘super-suit’ providing increased compression and buoyancy aiding the performance of swimmers and resulting in faster racing.

Nevertheless there will be some very exciting battles between the men’s teams in Brazil. Some of the ‘big hitter’ nations, who were alarming disappointing last year (Australia and USA), will look to reassert their dominance in these relay events. (more…)