Britain’s Ben Proud Dashes To Three Meet Marks Topped By 21.9 Blast At Euro Meet

Ben Proud on his first podium at the Euro Meet
Ben Proud on his first podium at the Euro Meet

Having taken down the meet mark with a 22.11 in the morning heats of the 50m freestyle at the Euro Meet in Luxembourg, Britain’s Ben Proud picked up the pace once more with a 23.26 blast at the helm of the 50m butterfly final at the start of the evening session

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paolo rubbiani

What a show Marco Koch!
2.07.69 with a nice, smooth stroke (1.01.76 at 100, then 32.9, 33.0 every 50s).
First man under 2.07 very soon?

Zsolt Koszorus

yeah, that’s normal in january…

Craig Lord

No, not normal, very good for a young man still building and 2 years beyond a 21.7 as a teenager, Zsolt. It’s about what I’d expect.

aswimfan

The quality of the live streaming is great, no buffering and very smooth.

And yes, Koch’s swim is simply amazing, putting him as a favorite for Rio’s 200 breast gold.
The swim of the day, certainly.
But the swimmer of the day maybe, again, Hosszu who swam and won four events all in meet records. The word “tough” may not even describes her.

Zsolt Koszorus

Sorry Craig, i wasn’t clear, i just replied to Paolo, so i meant Marco Koch, not Ben Proud.

Craig Lord

Thanks for clarification, Zsolt. Sorry for the confusion.

paolo rubbiani

Hosszu is on her own swimming planet, tremendous effort overall (1.56.81 200 free, 26.62 50 fly, 1.00.00 100 back, 2.10.70 200 im, and then she has swum also 200 breast, 200 fly and 50 free..), but not for her.
Also very impressive Cseh: 23.50 50 fly, 1.59.01 200 im and 1.56.58 in the 200 fly just 15-20 minutes later (with a 29.04 on last 50m).
Third to perform greatly was obviously Ben Proud, as written over.
Fourth Velimir Stjepanovic, with a great 1.46.10 in the 200 free (also Stjepanovic in the mix for perhaps the most open race in Rio).
Koch, Hosszu, Cseh, Proud, Stjepanovic and the two Irish wins by Murphy and Ryan for a great second day of swimming at Euromeet (for Italy, good win by Martina Carraro in the women’s 50 breastroke).

Yozhik

Statistics is a tricky thing. It all depends on the angle used when looking at data. Whatever was shown by Hosszu in 2016 so far indicates to me that she is slowing down. That this unexplainable push of 2015 is over and out of power. It is either the Mother Nature reminds her about her age, or her unique professional style got finally to her, or something that helped her to progress that fast last three years is stopping to work. I am ready to bet that 2015 was her pick.

Bad Anon

Yozhik, not quite. I think Hosszu is now racing smater than she’s ever been. Looking at Kazan 2015, going 2.07.30; 2.06.84 then 2.06.12 in the 200IM was an “overkill” that simply got her ONE medal and probably cost her a lot of energy. Just her prelim time would have been enough for gold by a handy margin. This Olympic season she’s already hit 2.08.20 ~200IM which to me indicates good in season form. A firm resolution by her and her management team on cutting down and focussing on 200/400IM & 100/200back will see her leaving Rio with 4medals perhaps most of them gold 😉

Yozhik

Bad Anon. I am not talking about possible medals in Rio. It depends on many factors and it will be wise at least on my side to wait with predictions until summer. I was talking about Hosszu’s personal bests. I think that we have seen them all already.

aswimfan

Isn’t the 50 back her textile PB?

Bad Anon

Yozhik, well, you’re probably right. The exception would be the 400IM which falls on day one of the schedule… That is the event I think she’s yet too swim to her potential… It will be a tough race with Miley, Belmonte and Ye in the mix…. 4.29minimum for gold ….

Mikey McCarthy

Alex Murphy won the 50 breast stroke. Barry Murphy is the retired breast stroker from Ireland just to clarify 🙂

Craig Lord

Maya Dirado and others will be in the mix, too, B Anon. The picture is not yet painted, it being Olympic year. There’ll be all sorts of news, twists and turns before the day…

Craig Lord

Sorry Alex, slip of the keyboard. Thanks Mikey – thought Barry was looking younger by the moment 🙂

Bad Anon

Judging from 2015 rankings there is an 85% chance I’m right CL 😉

Craig Lord

I’ll have to accept your calculation on that, Bad Anon, it being Sunday morning and all 🙂 I will say, though, that the 15% zone can be very interesting 🙂

commonwombat

Well, BA; I’ll say prohibitive favourite for 200IM; probable but not prohibitive favourite for 400IM. Backstrokes: potential medallist at 100 but not a sure medal bet. Very strong medal bet for 200; some chance of gold but medal is the safer bet.

Craig Lord

reference, aswimfan? (not sure what you’re talking about)

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