Chad Le Clos & A 48.66 100 ‘Fly Provide A Spark At A Damp Squib Of A S/C World Cup

Chad Le Clos (RSA) by Patrick B. Kraemer
Chad Le Clos (RSA) by Patrick B. Kraemer

The poorly world cup got a tiny tonic from Chad le Clos (RSA) today as the South African rattled his own world record in the 100m butterfly, his 48.66 victory the highlight of the closing action in Berlin. Out in 22.91 and back in 25.75, Le Clos lost most of the deficit to his global mark of 48.44 from 2014 down the opening lap, a 22.59 the time on the board two years ago.

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Barnabas Mandi

In Paris-Chartres the whole French swimming team attended, in Berlin only a few of their best swimmers, I really don’t know why.
Swimmers of the race in Berlin were Alia Atkinson with 29.00 in 50 breast (979 FINA points) and Vladimir Morozov with WR, 50.30 in 100IM (1021 points) from the first day.
Yesterday the most successfull swimmer Chad le Clos (2 times Silver medallist in Rio) swam 2 finals. That 48.66 in 100 fly means 986 FINA points (the other one is 21.12 in 50 free, means 882 points).
Cameron van der Burgh’s (Silver medallist in Rio) 56.56 in 100 breast is 950 points and Philip Heintz’s (swam 2 finals) 1:51.92 in 200IM means 939 points.
Alia Atkinson swam that 50 breast yesterday, Katinka Hosszรบ’s (3 Golds and 1 Silver in Rio) 57.12 in 100 IM is 976 points.
She swam 6 finals yesterday, in order 52.25/100 free (925 points) Bronze medal, 55.60/100 back (969 points) Gold, 4:02.11/400free (908 points) Gold, 100IM Gold, 25.73/50fly (850 points) Bronze, 4:25.69/400IM (931 points) Gold.
Other Gold medallist from Rio, Rie Kaneto swam 2:16.27 in 200 breast, that’s 963 points.

Craig Lord

Barnabas, you really do not need to tell us all what is already on the page – not only are those swims covered in the article but the results in full tell the reader what the points are if they are interested. You are trying to make a losing point ๐Ÿ™‚ The clear and obvious fact is: weak entry; the 900-plus points swims are relatively few, and very much so compared to previous world cup years. The truth is that the vast majority of world-class swimmers have opted out. There are good reasons for that and very good reasons why FINA should have rethought long ago and why they have sold a pup to a sponsor. Not good for swimming, regardless of how much wood you seek to find among the trees ๐Ÿ™‚

Barnabas Mandi

Craig,
Yes, I know. I -just for fun with this analysis-wanted to point at that nothing is black or white but everything is in grayscale ๐Ÿ™‚ Which part of it? That’s another question.

Craig Lord

Then, again, your point is lost, Barnabas ๐Ÿ™‚ Been doing this a long time. Really not persuaded, not even a bit ๐Ÿ™‚ There is no grey in the serious lack of depth on the world cup tour… and it has been like that (now more so than ever) for far too long. The wide world of swimming is voting with its feet and has told FINA: this model does not work for us, we the athletes… it just makes one or two swimmers rich but is way down the list of priorities and is inaccessible/undesirable for most of us.

aswimfan

Some events on these world cup are laughable. Yes, the top two or three in such events maybe somewhat world class (but nowhere near WR), but the bottom three are slower than USA or Australia regional/local junior meets.

In Berlin, for example:
1. women’s 200 breast: no prelims, in the final, the three slowest swam 2:34, 2:41, 2:45
2. men’s 400 free: no prelims and final only contested by 7 swimmers. The slowest two swam 3:49 and 4:13
3. men’s 400 IM: no prelims, and the slowest tree swam 4:24, 4:25, 4:30

With such quality, no wonder all around swimmers like Hosszu and Le Clos are easily harvesting all the dollars. And good for them. Not good for a few spectators who had to watch such races, or the sponsors, or the reputation of elite swimming.

This World Cup series would be like pitting Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel against a horde of Formula 4 drivers in the same races. It’s simply ridiculous.

Alexandre Madsen

Craig,

The Anthony Ervin’s age still is incorrect on the ranking 50 Men Freestyle. USA 2016???? 35 YEARS OLD. Thanks

Craig Lord

Alexandre, I appreciate you telling us when you spot a mistake but angry capitals and four question marks are unnecessary. Be calm: it’ll help your heart ๐Ÿ™‚ You can write to editorial@swimvortex.com – faster dealt with than comments on old articles. Thanks. Two database updates were running (we do them in down time when not much on, which is right now in elite swimming) when it was last corrected so the update did not take.

Alexandre Madsen

Yeah!!! Sorry, Craig. I’m a lover of the perfection e speed…:-)

Alexandre Madsen

Ops…Lover of the perfection and speed. Sprinter!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Alexandre Madsen

Craig,

I’m Cesar Cielo’ fan. Why you mark with * on the dash splits of the Olympic Champion 2008 50 Men Freestyle???? The CAS / TAS spoken : “Cielo is clear!!!” He don’t use drugs. Thanks

Alexandre Madsen

Wait!!! Budapeste 2017 Swimming World Championships. All Right???

Craig Lord

Alexandre – Cesar’s case file did not make him clean. He was handed a warning for having a banned substance in his body. The circumstances of that case have been removed from the public record as official FINA policy. As such, what we have is a warning on the file. That constitutes an offence under WADA rules.

Craig Lord

Twice – and twice is enough: CAS ruling does not say he was clean. It says that it accepts that cross contamination was possible and as such it left punishment at a warning. Two others got the warning too, while the fourth, as a repeat offender, received a year of suspension for the same banned substance. Clearly, that does not constitute being ‘cleared’ of having had a banned substance in the body. The rule is clear: the athlete is responsible for what makes it into their blood stream. That is how the fight for clean sport requires us to think. This site uses an asterisk against any who have fallen foul of anti-doping rules. FINA should have kept spent cases files open so that links could be placed for the reader to understand the details of cases – it chose not to, in a move that protects genuine cheats – and hurts those who may indeed have made a genuine mistake. The record should be transparent and permanent. We offer no compromise on the asterisk – and in nearly all articles we have ever written on Cesar since 2011, we have included an explanation of the case, regardless of the divide of opinion between those who accept the explanation for the positive test and those who do not.

Alexandre Madsen

Dear Craig Lord.

I understand your explanation but why you don’t use an asterisk for Fredรฉrick Bousquet too??? He also has positive test. Ok???

Alexandre Madsen

Craig

I respect your opinion. But do you know the performance of Cielo on NCAA, at Auburn University??? He has all records in Auburn. Do you think really that he won because he use drugs??? I don’t think so.

Craig Lord

That’s not the point, Alexandre. It simply does not work like that.

Craig Lord

Fred B has an asterisk by his name and has had all year, Alexandre (men 50 fly, for e.g.)

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