Belmonte & Sanchez: Queen & King Of 1-Hour Challenge

Mireia Belmonte [photo: Aniko Kovacs]

The Meeting National d’Automne in Compiegne had an Australian theme to it today: first up, a 1-hour non-stop challenge for distance in true Bill Sweetenham style, followed by an Aussie skins events for the sprinters. the hour challenge for distance went to French coach Fred Vergnoux’s Spanish charges Mireia Belmonte and Marc Sanchez; In the skins, the ‘fly dash was done for Florent Manaudou before he got to the head to head: the Olympic 50m free champion was disqualified for swimming further than 15m underwater at the start; Manaudou then goes 46.6 in the 100 free; three out of the four dash showdowns go to visiting Brits

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The Meeting National d’Automne in Compiegne had an Australian theme to it today: first up, a 1-hour non-stop challenge for distance in true Bill Sweetenham style, followed by an Aussie skins events for the sprinters. the hour challenge for distance went to French coach Fred Vergnoux’s Spanish charges Mireia Belmonte and Marc Sanchez; In the skins, the ‘fly dash was done for Florent Manaudou before he got to the head to head: the Olympic 50m free champion was disqualified for swimming further than 15m underwater at the start; Manaudou then goes 46.6 in the 100 free; three out of the four dash showdowns go to visiting Brits

Comments

Paul

1-hour challenge? Christ that’s brutal. We do the ‘T30′(min) Challenge in British Masters once a year in January, as masochistic undertaking to help shift the Christmas pounds and shock our bodies into action http://www.swimming.org/britishswimming/masters/t-30-challenge/

Couldn’t comprehend doing that two-fold. Do we have any 30min distance ‘splits’ out of interest?

Not necessarily so.

Was the 1 hour S/c or l/ c ?

Makes a big difference cutting out the droop around 25 -40 mtres every lap. In s/c push off & only swim about 15 mts .

Bill might give them but they used to be standard . Shane Gould broke 5000 l/c in 71 in prep for her 1500 attempt.

Craig Lord

s/c … and I mention Bill because h encouraged Fred V and others in countries he has worked with of late to goo effect, spain, new zealand, etc, to do this sort of stuff. As for Shane Gould.. wow!

Craig Lord

No splits but someone will have… I’ll ask

Craig Lord

Paul: Belmonte covered just under 2,800m in the first 30mins (30:02 at 2,800), while Sanchez was just shy of 2,900m at 30mins (30:07 at 2,900).

Craig Lord

Ha, ha… I think Bobby could still go sub 15 if he wanted it 🙂 But on the distance theme, perhaps Australia needs to find some folk who will do it and gain from it… no AUS woman got inside Tracy Wickham’s best over 800m free this year, at a time when the battle is 10sec faster than Tracy was back in 1978 when doing stuff like hour-for-distance swims with Sweetenham. Ledecky, Friis, Belmonte, and across the water from AUS, Lauren Boyle, working with Sweteenham, are all examples of folk who do big over-distance exercises in prep. Things will never work for all but some ‘old’ things are just as relevant today for some big winners as they were many years ago.

TSS AQUATIC (AUS)

We have been smashing the 3km for times this season and had the whole club on the 1 hour for time for the second season running just a few months ago. 4 swimmers got over the 5km in the hour. Love it!

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