Barcelona 2013 Impact: How History Turned, Day 1

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Day 1 at the 15th FINA World Championships rattled history. Much is still masked by the stuff of a short-lived shiny suit past. Strip away the enhancement and the genuine pace of progress is revealed. Below, a view of where the impact was felt most keenly in the history books

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Day 1 at the 15th FINA World Championships rattled history. Much is still masked by the stuff of a short-lived shiny suit past. Strip away the enhancement and the genuine pace of progress is revealed. Below, a view of where the impact was felt most keenly in the history books

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SwimFanFinland

Oh, Hoogenband still holds the best relay split in textile! Nice guy.

And Cate Campbell! I don’t even know what to say. What a performance, in the pool and outside of the pool, I mean, how she did say some nice words to Coutts who took her good relay performance a way too heavily. Cate is a true champion and deserves her superior victory in Women’s 100m individual free.

Mike in Dallas

After Day 1, I think the medals table is not a bad predictor of where this thing is going to end 7 days from now.

TEAM USA will clearly show that in the post-Phelps era, well, the kids are fine, thank you very much! In part, this is due to the diversity of swimming programs we have in the USA which train our elite swimmers, and part is simply the fact that NO SWIMMER, not even Phelps, is the entire story, no matter what the media will say.

Phelps has been a fantastic champion – unique to swimming. But TEAM USA, at least preliminarily, is making the transition just fine. Our fix of veterans and new guys/gals will continue to work for us. Natalie C. was a TOTAL inspiration on the 4 X 100 free relay for women. On the flip side, we have Kevin Cordes and Nick Fink (newcomers) holding up the flag in the 100 breast!

GO TEAM USA!

JMott76

@Craig Lord

Is it correct that Pellegrini’s 4:01.53 from Mar 08 was in textile? Thought Manaudou retained the TB through to Fed’s Shanghai win (4:01.97)?

PS. Stunning opening day! US broadcasts (HD) now available courtesy of McKaylaPerfect10… Download while they’re still up 🙂

http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCjRWP7RnIXw9-p4UZdjFX2w/videos

Cheers, John (UK).

Craig Lord

Hi John,

Yes, I was there in Eindhoven and wore a textile suit (with legs, so not allowed now that cut but no poly etc in it). Here’s the video of the race, showing the arena suit of early 2008, designed and made before Speedo launched its Olympic suit for that year, the LZR:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_cC4ykdQmE
best, Craig

JMott76

Craig

Thanks for reply, quite an honour!

Begs a follow-up: Any other TBs during suit era, or was that the only one to your knowledge?

Craig Lord

Hi John,

Sara Isakovic silver in 200 free beijing 2008 is the one that stands out… and Russian men’s relays at manchester 2008 world s/c championships,

best, Craig

Dave

This is a great article and shows just how incredible some of these performances are. In fact, I think even this article understates the issue a bit. I get the concept of saying that some of the earlier times were set in “textile”, but there’s likely a big drag difference between, for example, Thorpe’s wrists-to-ankles Big Black Suit and the current jammer.

Matthew Conway

@Craig Lord

I though Thorpe swam in the 47.2s on the freestyle leg of the medley relay in the ’02 pan pacs?

McGillrocks

Wow, 19 years later Perkins is still #7 all time. I was also impressed with Keller’s #9 position and Rosolino’s #5 from 2000.

I never understood why Thorpe’s margins of victory in the 400 seemed relatively small compared to his dominance (ex in 2001 he won the 200 free by just under 2 seconds and the 400 by just over 2 seconds). Despite swimming in fields including some of the fastest distance swimmer ever, even 10, 11, 12, 13 years later, he made them look like boys against a man

Dave- are you trying to say Thorpe would have been faster without the suit? he certainly got only a marginal advantage at best

Craig Lord

Will look it up and check the split when i get the chance: Nick Thierry collected all those – rare for him to have missed, if he did 🙂

Craig Lord

… I see what happened here: he did do that… and is No 11 on the all-tim list… my list has top 10 plus the barcelona efforts that just missed that top 10… (with No 11 not showing… best, C

Matthew Conway

Thanks Craig

Simon in UK

Hi All,
Great comments everyone.
Some of these all time textile best lists appear to be genuine all time lists (the “Men’s 4x100m freestyle, all time top 10 performances – textile” list above) while other lists appear to be lists limited to the best times recorded by an individual person, i.e. only one entry per person on a list (for example the “all time relay splits – textile” just below 4×100 freestyle list). The great Pieter VDH also split a 46.79 on the anchor leg of the 4x100m freestyle final in the 2004 Athens Olymics to take silver for the Dutch behind the fantastic South African quartet. Wouldn’t that would put him third on a genuine all time list as well as first?

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