Relay

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: Wales Vs. Portugal

As Wales line up against Portugal in France tonight to compete for their place in the final of Europe’s most prestigious international tournament, here at SwimWords we once again battle two swimmers against each other in a bid to predict a score if swimming was the choice of sport instead of football.

Much has been written and spoken about the matchup between two of the greatest and most expensive footballers in Europe, Ronaldo and Bale, where media have wondered and predicted who will prevail as the dominant force. Instead of these two footballing mega stars, in this article we will mirror this in the pool by battling two top swimmers from these 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.

Semi-Final: WALES vs PORTUGAL, KO: 8:00pm GMT, Wednesday 6th July

Representing WALES in the pool:

Ieuan-Lloyd

  • Athlete: Ieuan Lloyd
  • Born: 1993
  • Height: 1.93m
  • Best Senior Result: 19th 200 Freestyle, Olympic Games, London, 2012

Representing PORTUGAL in the pool:

Londres 2012: Natação: Diogo Carvalho

  • Athlete: Diogo Carvalho
  • Born: 1988
  • Height: 1.81m
  • Best Senior Result: Bronze 200 IM, European Short Course Championships, Israel, 2015

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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…)

Aussies shine in California

A strong Australian team have travelled over to the American West Coast to continue their preparations for the Olympic Games this summer in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. It was very apparent that preparations are going well for the team from down under, as they took another five titles in the finals session on the last day of the Arena Pro Series in Santa Clara yesterday.

Having taken the 400m freestyle convincingly earlier in the weekend it was no surprise that Jessica Ashwood kick started the Day 3 finals with a dominate 800m freestyle display. Aussie Ashwood clocked a time of 8.18.14, which is a time that only Katie Ledecky has beaten this year (8.06.68). Although Ledecky is swimming times that are changing the history of the event, Ashwood is now the next name on the list as a favourite for an Olympic medal this 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…)