Belmonte’s Hopes Sunk On Maiden Voyage

Mireia Belmonte [photo: natacio.cat]

News Round-Up: Olympic double silver pool medallist Mireia Belmonte suffered a blow in her maiden voyage into open water when she was disqualified at her 5km debut off the Catalan coast at the weekend; Philippe Lucas believes that his part-time Italian charge Italian in Narbonne, Federica Pellegrini, is capable of a sub-4-min 400m freestyle by Rio 2016

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News Round-Up: Olympic double silver pool medallist Mireia Belmonte suffered a blow in her maiden voyage into open water when she was disqualified at her 5km debut off the Catalan coast at the weekend; Philippe Lucas believes that his part-time Italian charge Italian in Narbonne, Federica Pellegrini, is capable of a sub-4-min 400m freestyle by Rio 2016

Comments

Paul

Interesting how even the coach totally disregards the suit-assisted sub-4.00min.

It would be quite an achievement to be first woman under 4min in a super suit, then repeat the feat in textile, but Muffat will surely claim the later accolade.

Craig Lord

Yes, it would be an amazing swim. Lucas believes the target he had set for Manaudou, sub-4min, is still out there… 0.3sec a lap or so to go …

Paul

Indeed. Manadou, Pellegrini, Adlington even Jackson were all arguably capable of it at peak given right circumstances… but didn’t quite get there due to meltdowns, fatigue, asthma etc. Tough game. Maybe Muffat can.

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