Great Britain

Final tune up for O’Connor and Renshaw before Rio

The burgeoning programme at the University of Edinburgh finished the Scottish Nationals this weekend in Glasgow as the top point scoring club but it was Siobhan O’Connor and Molly Renshaw who stood out from the crowd.

O’Connor, training at the British Swimming performance centre in Bath amongst a host of GB talent, broke the British Record in the 100m Breaststroke in a time of 1.06.34 just 30 minutes after blasting an impressive 2.09.36 200m Individual Medley warning shot to her rivals around the world. This improves on her previous breaststroke lifetime best of 1.07.15 (which she rattled in the heats with 1.07.35). O’Connor looks to be in great form leading into Rio and her improvement on the breaststroke suggests an area she could close on the ‘Iron Lady’ Katinka Hosszu come Brazil. (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

If reading this on mobile phone, turn on side to see full table (more…)

New kids on the block

2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials Full Results

Three days into the US Olympic team trials and they have not disappointed in their drama and quality. Matching the expansive light shows of the CenturyLink Center the swimming coming from the United States has also lit up the pool and turned the heads of the world of swimming.

The storyline for the meet so far is pencilled in as the ‘changing of the guard’. A script that shows how Olympic champions of yesteryear are missing out to a new wave of kids who want their own chance at Olympic glory. With a talent pool like the United States have always had, upsets and places missed are inevitable, but not many would have predicted as many reigning Olympic champions (Lochte, Grevers, Franklin, Coughlin, Vollmer) to be overshadowed by those who have treated them as idols. (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…)

Top 5 swims in Canet

There was a plethora of great performances at the second leg of the Mare Nostrum tour in Canet. Many swimmers travelled across from Monaco to continue the tour, however a number of additional international teams joined the travelling athletes in the South of France including groups from Japan and China. With many excellent swims, it is difficult to list them all, but here are the SwimWords top 5 performances from the two-day competition.

The top 5 swims were selected by considering the following:

  • FINA points scored
  • Margin of victory
  • Where the swim is ranked in the World
  • Previous swims and victories already secured in the Canet finals.

Canet Mare Nostrum Full Results (more…)

European Swimming Championships 2016: Performance review of British athletes and media

The dust has settled and we reflect on the LEN European Swimming Championships, and in particular, some of the major talking points emerging from the British performance.

James Guy’s 400 free on the first day has been talked about throughout the week. He laboured to a 3.52.91 and the Millfield swimmer touched the wall in 27th position; a far cry from his Silver medal performance at the World Championships in Kazan last summer. This performance, however, was not as ‘shocking’ as the media have illustrated to the general public. Perhaps, in large part, a lack of knowledge was displayed in their characterisation of the young World Champion. Allow us to digress… (more…)

Analysis, insight and preview – 200m Breaststroke Final, European Swimming Championships

The 200m Breaststroke has undoubtedly the strongest depth in the mens Olympic program. The pool of talent runs deep. Akahiro Yamaguchis 2.07.01 technical masterclass remains the World Record standard, but for how much longer? There is a host of international talent closing in on this mark, suggesting there could be a close finish in Rio with a number of swimmers going under 2.08.

Perhaps the favourite for the Olympic title and leader of the World Record chasing pack is the German, Marco Koch, reigning European and World Champion. Marco, a perfect blend of power and poise, has been incredibly consistent in recent seasons. An unmatched thirteen ‘in-season’ swims under 2.09 in the past 3 years brings his total sub 2.09 efforts to 20. (more…)

Men’s 200 Freestyle: Most talked about event of 2016

The Men’s 200 metre freestyle is possibly the most talked about swimming events this year. Why? Because no one knows who’s going to win the coveted gold medal at the end of the season in Rio De Janeiro. The field is so open.

The 200 metre freestyle final in London tonight then is to follow suit, and it can only be described as the ‘entree to wet the appetite’ for the main event later in the summer. This 200metre freestyle event in London is a huge opportunity for the European stars to show the rest of the world, particularly the Americans and the Aussies, their intentions for the summer. (more…)

Day 2 Preview – European Swimming Championships

MENS 200 FREESTYLE

The Men’s 200 metre freestyle event is one of the most talked about in swimming in 2016. Why? Because no one knows who’s going to win the coveted gold medal at the end of the season in Rio De Janeiro. The field is so open.

This 200 freestyle event in London then is a huge opportunity for the European stars to show the rest of the world, particularly the Americans and the Aussies, their intentions for the summer. To read more analysis check out Men’s 200 Freestyle: Most talked about event of 2016

SwimWords Podium Predictions: GOLD – Stepjanovic. SILVER – Guy. BRONZE – Ponthain (more…)