Australian Quartet Wins Brazil Fast Lane Challenge

Australian world champ Christian Sprenger [photo: Aniko Kovacs]

Australia defeated the USA, France and Brazil at the Fast Lane (Raia Rapida) challenge in Rio de Janeiro at the Botafogo aquatic centre. Brazil was a touch ahead in the team points challenge after the solo events but in the 4x50m medley Daniel Arnamnart, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett and Matt Abood turned the meet in their favour with a world best time

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Australia defeated the USA, France and Brazil at the Fast Lane (Raia Rapida) challenge in Rio de Janeiro at the Botafogo aquatic centre. Brazil was a touch ahead in the team points challenge after the solo events but in the 4x50m medley Daniel Arnamnart, Christian Sprenger, Matt Targett and Matt Abood turned the meet in their favour with a world best time

Comments

swimmum

Hi Craig, Found the information this morning but alas your Portugese must be better than mine!! Believe that the medley swim by the Aussies an unofficial world record??
Great report thanks for delivering again!!!

Bill Bell

That’s what FINA needs to do to do to jazz (almost wrote “juiced” ) the World Champinships, I.e.,add the two 200 relays(sprint/ medley) to the program for Kazan and on going.

And if the argument runs these races make the overall program too long…delete events,Ike say, oh, I don’t know, maybe anything over 200 meters?

Is there ANYTHING mas boring than a 400 or 800 or a 1500 free. Mr. Sun?

I’d rather watch paint dry/grass grow.

‘Course were Uncle Sam to have gold medalists in this race ( oh Katie Ledecky) I mite be singing a different tune!

mcgillrocks

The world champs is about athletic performances and being the best at a certain skill (sprint free, middle distance back, distance medley etc) not about creating the most exciting events

IMO a good 400 is the most exciting race to watch. it’s long enough to have lead changes, narrative and racing in ways shorter events don’t but no so long that some lengths seem unimportant except for holding pace

Craig Lord

Quite right. There is nothing wrong with a traditional champs program (and plenty right with it)… outside of that, there is room for promoting new types of events but not at random and at the expense of creating even more calendar chaos.

Rafael

The 400 is exciting to watch?

It is one of the races you know who will win even before the race begins…

If you remember this year Barcelona Sun was amazing, but boring as hell…

Craig Lord

Adlington, Hoff, Jackson, with Pellegrini and Manaudou in the water… and many others like that down the years, inc Thorpe and Hackett on occasion … and in Popov’s day, you sort of knew or felt that he would win the 50, and often did… and that wasn’t boring either …

Not necessarily so.

Thorpe & Hackett squared off every year 98-2004 at nationals world pan PAC , Comms & Olympics with barely 1.5 sec difference .

It was more than ‘on occasion’ .

The w400 Beijing was just a LZR blip & about a fast as Seoul 1988. It may have been interesting but like Rafael it would not drag me off Copacabana.

Craig Lord

On occasion or all the time, my point remains… I don’t find distance swimming ‘boring’: Ledecky Vs Friis with Boyle chasing, for example… and Adlington Vs Friis 800 2011… etc… its swimming, and swimming at its best… I think a sport where all emphasis was on the dash would be truly boring.

mcgillrocks

I said “a good 400”

as of late sun yang has made it much less interesting to watch but for instance the 400 in 2011 where park won was an incredible race with tons of strategy, lead changes and intrigue

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