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Where were you?

Where were you?

Where were you when Beamon jumped 8.90m? When Jonathan Edwards jumped 18.29m? When Bolt went 9.58 in Berlin, when Michael Johnson ran 43.18 for one lap of the track, or when Radcliffe never faded to 2:15.25 in 2003?

Where were you when Adam Peaty swam 57.13 for 100m Breaststroke?

Unfortunately, for the majority of the British public, they were in bed asleep. Those who weren’t were curled up on the sofa counting down the minutes of sleep they were losing before they had to be up for work. Some though were very fortunate to be in the 15,000 capacity crowd in the Rio De Janeiro Olympic pool. What they witnessed was simply stunning. (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…)