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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…)

Fancy a flutter…?

The Olympic Games is the greatest sporting event on the planet. Displaying Human beings at their best, their most athletic and under the lights, their most vulnerable. It doesn’t get any better than this… or can it?

For those sports fans who like a little flutter or bet to make watching their favourite sports even more interesting; then the Olympic Games provides an infrequent opportunity for the swim fan to do just that – have a little fun and make a little pocket money along the way.

As swimming is less regularly televised than many other sports, bookmakers often only offer betting markets for the major swimming events – the main one of these being the Olympic Games week. With infrequent markets offered, it is understandable that this results in limited knowledge from the Bookies, and it us up to the swimming spectator to make the most of it. (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…)

Euro2016: Iron Vs. Ice

As the second round of the group stages come to an end, we continue our tribute to the ongoing European Football Championships in France, and for some amusement here at SwimWords, we continue to do our very own Euro16 tournament in swimming. The idea being, as each of the group matches in the football are played, here on SwimWords we will mirror this in the pool by battling top swimmers from their respective nations head to head. These top international athletes will compete against each other in terms of past success and present form to find a victor. Think ‘Top Trumps’ does swimming… (more…)

‘Sid the Kid’ takes on the Olympic Champ

The final match on June 15th in the UEFA Euro2016 Football Champs sees France host Albania. For those just joining us, here at SwimWords we are mirroring this famous tournament on a daily basis, by selecting one swimmer to represent their respective countries and battling them head-to-head. It’s a fun and relevant way to talk swimming as the group stages of the Football continues. Let us know if you agree with the selections below…

Group A: FRANCE Vs. ALBANIA, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Wednesday 15th June

Standing behind the block for FRANCE:

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  • Athlete: Florent Manaudou
  • Born: 1990
  • Height: 1.99cm
  • Best Senior Result: Gold 50 Freestyle, Olympic Games, London, 2012

Standing behind the block for ALBANIA:

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  • Athlete: Sidni Hoxha
  • Born: 1992
  • Height: 1.94cm
  • Best Senior Result: 2 x Olympian, 2008 & 2012

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European Swimming Championships – Day 1 Finals

It was a varied finals night in the London Aquatics Centre. Quite understandably some of the top athletes are not focusing on European titles this year due to the looming Olympic Games. We have seen some evidence of this is in the program this evening, however, we have also seen 3 Championship Records felled and a marked increase in depth in a selection of events on the opening night. (more…)

European Swimming Championships – Day 1 Heats Summary

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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

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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…)