Chris Walker-Hebborn

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…)

Euro2016: Walker-Hebborn Vs. Klobucnik

Tonight sees England meet Slovakia in St Etienne on the field in a very important third group game in Euro2016. The result of which will qualify the teams for the knock out stages. So here at SwimWords we are excited to continue our version of the European Championships my matching up two swimmers from the respective countries in terms of past success and present form to pick a victor.

Already in the England squad is James Guy who faced Welsh starlet Jazz Carlin in the second round and took a minor win (2 – 1). In the Slovakian line up, medley maestro Richard Nagy conceded a tough loss to the Russian Anton Chupkov.

Who will join them in the starting line up…?  (more…)