As the eyes of the world turn to the track to admire the performances of Bolt, Elaine Thompson, the Mo-bot, or even Jason Kenny behind that ‘derny’ bike; it gives us an opportunity to reflect on the week of swimming at Rio2016; and it leaves the Olympic swimmers to continue the best few weeks of their lives to enjoy Rio De Janiero and all it has to offer…
Party. Meet famous faces. See the city. Cheer on their team mates. Party again.
An opportunity for everyone to celebrate their success. They are Olympians and the very few at the pinnacle of their sport. Many will be overjoyed and reflecting on their dream-come-true performances, but others using the second half of their time in the Olympic village as an opportunity to forget the pain they feel after the disappointment of underachieving after four years of gruelling effort.
A very quick rundown of tonight’s medal predictions…
MEN’S 200 BREASTSTROKE
This is the tightest and arguably strongest field of any of the Olympic finals this week. Seven men separated by half a second, with the slowest man in the final posting 2.08.20 in 8th. This is only 1.19 seconds away from the World Record. Try and find another final this week where the swimmer standing behind Lane 8 is as close to the WR! In the Men’s 200 freestyle it was 4.23 seconds and in the Men’s 200 butterfly the gap was 4.52 seconds. In the Women’s 200IM it was a range of 4.75 seconds going into the final. The closest was the Women’s 200 freestyle, which was set at 3.65 secs.
This only means it will be an incredibly close field and anyone can win it. Prenot has the fastest lifetime best. Watanabe broke the Olympic record in the semi-finals and Willis is the most experienced of all. The World Champion from 2015, Marco Koch, has a lane too but with reports of a shoulder injury he may not be as dangerous as previously thought. The German did however ask his Government for £1m Euro bonus if he wins gold, to replicate other sports with larger financial rewards. So don’t count him out just yet!