Brit Luke Greenbank Banks A 1:56 200 Back For Baku Gold & Place In World Top 10

Luke Greenbank of Britain

In his last season in the youth pool, Britain’s Luke Greenbank sped to victory in the 200m backstroke in 1:56.89 on the penultimate day of action in the pool at the European Junior Championships in Baku. Dominant way ahead of his age peers, the 17-year-old landed a place in the world senior season top 10, at No 9, with one of the outstanding performances of the past four days of racing.

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In his last season in the youth pool, Britain’s Luke Greenbank sped to victory in the 200m backstroke in 1:56.89 on the penultimate day of action in the pool at the European Junior Championships in Baku. Dominant way ahead of his age peers, the 17-year-old landed a place in the world senior season top 10, at No 9, with one of the outstanding performances of the past four days of racing.

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roy

Britain are beginning to produce some good swimmers especially on the men,s side. The women are a bit behind. Luke green bank is solid in the backstrokes especially the 100 back and is a potential future addition to the medley relay.

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felixdangerpants

1.56 just solid for 17 Roy? Slight understatement

Matthew

Fantastic swim by Greenbank and congrats to Balmer also.

Josh

Pretty scary that Steenbergen can split a 53 flat in the 100 but has yet to crack a 24 in the 50.

felixdangerpants

Not many females have cracked 24 Josh

Eugene

What an awful start for Steenbergen! Such a huge reaction time. If she was a bit faster off the blocks, she’d take that gold in 50.

And yeah, I also wonder how come she cracks 54 on 100 and doesn’t even break 25 on a dash. My fifty is faster than hers (I’m just a master swimmer), but man, I hardly cracked 58 in hundred at latest meet. So jealous 🙂

Dee

Regarding Steenbergen, it’s all about her stroke, guys! So efficient for a sprinter.

Wez

If you watch the finish from Steenbergen, you will notice that she takes an extra stroke, and it cost her, this is a rookie error that will be ironed out.

Also, the false start next to her in lane 6 may have also contributed to an (already) shaky start.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ixnqML4j8g&index=8&list=PLrXo-jJXpl8dHyftehb0-OfPLFmHsQBP8

Look at around 1:30 to watch the finish from above.

I would imagine that cost her atleast .1 or 2. There is definitely potential for a sub 25 seconds in the near future.

Once that start is on par with the rest of the world (not even stand out) we are going to see something very special. She sits on top of the water, and actually looks like she builds her speed. We also know (from the very fast first 150 of the 200 free) that she has the guts.

We all saw it from Magnussen when he swam that wonderful 47.10, the body position, swimming over the water, not in it. This is that, perhaps even better as its from a 15 year old…

aswimfan

I totally agree with Wez,

The most striking thing I saw when watching Steenbergen for the first time is how high was her body position on the water. It’s a natural talent that is very hard to replicate.

Only 15 yo and split 53.00 and 1:58 relays.
Of course we know that Missy did better: 52.9 and 1:55.0, but while Missy is an all round great swimmer, Steenbergen is more a natural sprinter with great upside potential in 50/100/200 free. I wonder if she will go for 50/100 specialty, 100/200 or all three a la the Dutch great PVDH.

My Opinion

Steenbergen’s start is the problem. First 15 is almost a third of the race. She gets left behind on the block and that’s compared to other juniors. Next to seniors she probably loses a body length or more on some. Which is fine as she is 15. It will improve as she matures, gets stronger and more experience and with it will come her 50 speed.

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