Barcelona 2013 World Titles – Men’s Grades

Ryan Lochte by Patrick Kraemer

The 15th edition of the World Championships wrapped up a little more than a week ago, which means there has been enough time to digest what took place at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. As a result, SwimVortex has developed some brief report cards which grade the performances of various countries over the eight days of the World Champs. The Grades Are In: Men

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The 15th edition of the World Championships wrapped up a little more than a week ago, which means there has been enough time to digest what took place at the Palau Sant Jordi in Barcelona. As a result, SwimVortex has developed some brief report cards which grade the performances of various countries over the eight days of the World Champs. The Grades Are In: Men

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Belgium_kangoo

A bit tough on many teams (including Aus)

but light on France !!

The 400 medley relay was pure luck, they were a mile behind the americans even without the early dive so would never have won without a bit of extra luck !

they failed big time in the 50 free and the 100 back !! (I was watching on French Tv, the bronze for Stravius was clearly a disapointment).

Plus the men’s team is basically 3 or 4 guys … the rest don’t even make finals ! so I know you grade also according to expectations but that’s a bit harsh nevertheless to grade France and A and the US a B or Aus a C =s

Same for South Africa, they did better then London despite the injuries they had going in s they should be ranked at least same as the French given nobody disapointed in that team !

Luca

Could have said something about Italy – it used to be a swimming power but is now in tatters – Scozzoli was a major disappointment. Pellegrini remains a star and Paltrinieri could be the future of 1500fs given his age.

John Lohn

Belgium_Kangoo, I can see your argument with France, but Australia is a different story. Two relays failed to medal, including one which failed to even make the final, which was inexcusable. There were several extremely weak individual efforts, especially McKeon in the 400 free and Fraser-Holmes in the 400 IM. I don’t think Australia did anything worthy of a higher grade, but thanks for the input. It’s always good to have differing viewpoints.

aswimfan

I agree with John on Australia’s grade.

The AUS men’s 4×200 should have won bronze at least, based on paper.
The AUS coaches made a huge blunder by swimming McKeon -who was obviously off- and inexperience and unproven Alexander Graham in the prelims, causing AUS to miss the final.
This is after another blunder where they put Magnussen in the lead of 4×100 free, next to Adrian, while fully knowing that Magnussen is spooked by Adrian’s early speed. If only they put McEvoy first and Magnussen second, they could even have won it, the difference was only half a second.

The only bright star was the development of McEvoy.

Mike in Dallas

For starters, grading the USA with a “B” is just too harsh – the relay touch was a mistake, yes; but NO ONE thinks the USA could be touched.

The only area of real weakness was the breast stroke.

USA – at least a B+, perhaps even an A-
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France, I agree with other comments – they rate a B+ for some great freestyle swims and relays, but NOT an A-.
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Great Britain – right on the money – a truly sorry performance
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Australia Men – WHAT is wrong down there — your mark for them is absolutely correct!
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Japan — once again, where are the coaches to direct swimmers’ events and choices? Nowhere.
And, Kitajime (sp?) should never have done breast stroke
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Tony McKinnon

The real failure is the continuing inability of the Australian coaches to peak their swimmers at the last two world championships and the London Olympics. They were able to achieve outstanding results at the national titles in March/April and promised much leading into the world titles – the same happen last year at the Lomdon Olympics. A brief perusal of the world rankings reveals the point I am making there so many swimmers who couldn’t produce year best times when it counted – witness Thomas Fraser-Holmes, Bronte Barrett, McKeon and more even James Magnusson could produce a seasons best. Add to this the failure of the 4×2 relay to make the finals ( you think they would (the coaches) would have learnt after the medley disaster at Athens – but they obviously didn’t.
Perhaps it’s time to listen to people who have been there and done that – like Suzie O’Niell when she and other former champions have suggested the trials should be closer to the Olympics, world championships or Commonwealth Games. A la the US model – although it did do much for the Brits this time.
What ever the solution is – is open to some debste – but since the 2008 Olympics the coaches just haven’t got the tappers right. On Adelaide form Australia should have won at least three relays and medaled in the other three – depressing from a Australian swimming observer / fan of many years.
The coahing structures and processes need a major shake up – where is the next Don Talbot?
Regards
Tony

aswimfan

I agree with Tony’s analyses.

From 1998 worlds to 2008 olympics, most australian swimmers had their peak at THE major championships, be they olympics, worlds, commonwealth.

Even 2010 was still a good year where a number of topaussie swimmers produced their best at Pan Pacs or Commonwealth Games. It’s just that since 2011 they seem to have been infected by a virus that normally only affected japanese swimmers: produced their best during the nationals.

DDias

aswimfan,
that virus affect Brazilians too… i got pissed seeing guys swimming in relays leg slower than their individual times in Brazilian champs.

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