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Women team up for World Records in Rio

Heading into an Olympics it is always difficult to predict, even though always a fast meet, the quantity and origin of World Record breaking swims over the eight days of competing. However, for those who look out for these sort of things the Women’s relays are looking like they could be the most reliable source. For those, like us, who are partial to a sporting statistic and swimming time, then enjoy the article that follows…

Here at SwimWords we will summarise and predict how these World records maybe broken in the women’s relays a few weeks from now at the Games in Rio De Janeiro. Let us know if you agree by commenting at the bottom of this article. We will look at the current form of the international teams, their recent relay performances at the World Championships in Kazan last year, and compare this to the standing WR’s.   (more…)

U.S. Olympic Team Trials & Tribulations

The dust has settled on the US Olympic Swimming Trials, with 45 athletes named on the team. USA Swimming continue to be the benchmark for empowering their athletes and giving them a platform to perform on the big stage. There is nothing more exhilarating than competing in front of a large crowd, in a world class field of athletes. The adrenaline courses through your veins in that environment and drives you to better performances; exactly the atmosphere you want to create for your athletes.

The newly crowned American Olympic Team are now likely to be straight back to the pool for a short 2-3 week high intensity training cycle depending on their selected events, before commencing another taper period in advance of the Games. The US team are used to this ‘double-taper’ strategy. It has been the method of choice in recent years for USA Swimming and is often required throughout the collegiate swim season. Athletes are nominated to represent their respective college and university teams in conference and NCAA competitions just a few short weeks apart and, by in large, must peak for these before going onto to compete for selection to the major Championships at the US Nationals. (more…)

Hagino shows versatility in Vichy

Purely by definition, is Kosuke Hagino currently the best all-round swimmer in the world? If not, then who do you believe matches his ability across all stroke disciplines, underwater speed, and technique? Let us know your thoughts on Twitter by using the handle @swimwords_

Take a look at how the textile lifetime best performances of Hagino compares with some other all-round greats across 200m of each stroke and the medley events (it’s even more interesting when you consider the 100m lifetime best times):

200m Freestyle

200m Backstroke 200m Breaststroke 200m Butterfly 200m Medley 400m Medley
Kosuke Hagino 1.45.23 1.55.43 2.13.81 1.58.69 1.55.07 4.07.75
Michael Phelps 1.44.79 1.54.65 2.11.30 1.52.94 1.54.16 4.07.89
Ryan Lochte 1.44.44 1.52.96 2.20.61 2.01.19 1.54.00 4.05.18
Thiago Periera 1.46.57 1.58.42 2.11.86 1.58.24 1.56.30 4.08.86

Daiya Seto

1.48.71 No known result 2.11.21 1.54.08 1.57.32

4.08.50

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U.S. Olympic Team Trials Preview

Today the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials begin in Omaha, Nebraska. Over the next eight days (26th June – 3rd July) approximately 2000 swimmers will race across 26 individual events, hoping to make the possible team of 52 (maximum places available) travelling to Rio De Janeiro later this summer to represent their country. This will be the third consecutive Olympic swimming trials that have been hosted in Omaha, an event that has become notorious for its atmosphere, excitement and fierce competition.

The purpose built temporary pool is once again been constructed in the CenturyLink Center, but for the first time this qualification competition has been sold out with an estimated 200,000 fans attending throughout the week. No doubt this is due to not only the level of the competition, where only two Olympic places are available per event, but also the excitement Omaha has added to the spectacle with the introduction of lights, music, fire and fireworks which only intensifies audience engagement and increases athlete adrenaline. It is refreshing to see the USA recognising the need to move the sport on and make the event more of a showcase to develop new intrigue and interest in what is still a less mainstream sport. (more…)

SwimWords Euro2016: Pellegrini Vs. Sjoestroem

As the world turns its eyes to the likes of Zlatan Imbrahimovic and Gianluigi Buffon this afternoon as they lace up their boots on the French turf in Euro2016, SwimWords turns its attention to the pool and two of the biggest swimming stars in Europe. Just like the previous articles, these two supreme athletes will compete against each other with their swimming credentials like the well-known game ‘top trumps’. Let the fun begin…

Group E: ITALY vs SWEDEN, KO: 2:00pm GMT, Friday 17th June (more…)

Plummer shows his cards in Indianapolis

American Backstroke swimmer David Plummer obliterated the field in the 100 metres backstroke last night at Day 2 of the Arena Pro Series in Indianapolis. The 30-year-old veteran swam a lightening 52.40 to shoot right to the top of the world rankings in 2016. Whilst his American compatriot, Ryan Murphy, was beating the Australian World Champion Mitch Larkin on the West Coast in a time of 52.76, Plummer is showing he knows how to peak at exactly the right time with the USA Olympic trials only weeks away. Plummer has sent a message to the youngster Murphy (best time of 52.18 on a relay lead off) and Olympic Champion Matt Grevers (best time of 52.08) that they will have their work cut out if they wish to take the two Rio qualifying births instead of him.

The other stand out swim of Day 2 in Indianapolis came in the final of the Women’s 400 freestyle. Leah Smith, having already won the half distance the night before, cruised through the field to take the victory in 4.03.33. Not only was this yet another lifetime best for Smith, this puts her second in the world behind her team mate, the unparalleled Katie Ledecky, but more importantly makes her favourite to take the second spot behind her American team mate at the trials. (more…)

European Swimming Championships – Day 1 Heats Summary

MENS 400 FREESTYLE

First shock of the week’s competition comes in the first event. World Silver Medallist and Great Britain favourite, James Guy, finished 27th in this morning heats and will not be back to fight for silverware this evening. Although a time 3.52.91 in heavy training for Guy is not a disaster, he is likely to have expected to be a little closer than nearly 10 seconds away from the time he posted last month. He would have certainly expected to have a second go at it in the final in front of a home crowd. If he didn’t, then you have to ask, was there any point of swimming in an international event like this? (more…)

Preview – Day 1, European Swimming Championships 2016

MENS 400 FREE

On paper the World No.2 James Guy, and World No.3 Luca Detti from Italy are streaks ahead of the field both posting 3:43s last month at their respective Olympic qualifying events. Only Australian Mack Horton has gone faster than that this year. The next closest swimmer in 2016 in Europe lies on a 3:46, and although this was only Detti’s personal best time before his break through last month, Guy has been under this mark 8 times previously. Guy, the World Silver Medallist in this event in Kazan last year, is difficult to look past for the Gold. The defending European Champion, Velimir Stepjanovic has had a quiet couple of years since his stunning performance to win from the front in the converted Berlin Velodrome, and while he can never be counted out particularly with his gutsy going out speed, this could be slightly too far for a man who has had looked much better at the shorter distances this year. (more…)