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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…)

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…)

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…)

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

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…)