Chad Le Clos Pressed To 100 ‘Fly Win By Adam Barrett’s GB Record On World Cup Tour

(L-R) Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh  - shared silver at Rio2016 - by Patrick B. Kraemer
(L-R) Michael Phelps, Chad Le Clos and Laszlo Cseh - shared silver at Rio2016 - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Chad Le Clos, the South African who is the only man in history who can claim that Michael Phelps did not beat him in certain solo events at two Olympic Games, was among a handful of Olympic medallists from Rio 2016 to make the podium today in Chartres as the first short-course round of a somewhat weary World Cup came to a close. At 49.05 in the 100m butterfly, Le Clos showed fine form as he edged out Adam Barrett, on a British record of 49.31, well inside his previous standard of 50.05 from 2014

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Barnabas Mandi

Katinka was second in 100 free with 52.12, new Hungarian record (her old one was 52.37 from 2014).

aswimfan

How many total Hungarian records does Katinka have?

Barnabas Mandi

asf,
Katinka’s NRs: LC9, SC:16.

BoetMate

FINA, what a waste of time and (prize)money. Apart from a few high level swimmers participating there is little spectator value here. Without the US, its a European SC meet to allow some swimmers to top up bank balances and others to claim a “World” Cup medal.

Mitch and Emily enjoying a European vacation. FThemOver, DKU and others acquiring working capital to fund PEDs required for the next hard block of training.

Is it really worth covering?

Barnabas Mandi

BoetMate,

At first, it would be better to read the start list before write stupidity.
On the other hand “FINA World Cup” is free for everybody.

aswimfan

It’s terrible that FINA and the host cities spend so much money and resources and yet draw little media attention, few participants and even fewer paying spectators.

They should have planned and managed these world cup series much better.

Barnabas Mandi

asf,
yes it could be much better. But e.g. one of the Hungarian Sports Channels is broadcasting all the finals of the whole series live.

aswimfan

Well that’s nice for you Hungarians, not so nice for me lol
Can’t even find decent online streaming

Craig Lord

more fool them – I hate to think what the audience figures are… this is not a good showcase for swimming, truly not.

Craig Lord

asf, that has long been the case and is getting worse. No signs of anyone listening yet but if I were the sponsor I’d want my money back – this is not a showcase for swimming as a thrilling sport.

Craig Lord

Barnabas: that’s not how it works… a series in which well over 90% of the best in the world don’t attend and just over 10% of all FINA member nations attend (and most of those well down on best form, for obvious reasons) is not a world series… indeed, the local gala for kids in a pool close to just about any of you is likely to be generating more noise.

Craig Lord

No, BMate, we’re giving it minimal – 20mins attention. And that’s being kind

aswimfan

CL,
That’s what surprises me the most: from sponsors point of view, this world cup series doesn’t seem to be high value for money even if it’s televised for free in a few European countries.

Craig Lord

No, indeed it isn’t, aswimfan. The sponsor knows too little about swimming – maybe they’re learning – for they must surely have noticed that most guests have not even bothered with an rsvp, let alone turned up. And FINA don’t get it, either. They think that slapping on a calendar, throwing down a bit of money and hosting is enough. Clearly it isn’t. There has to be a point and purpose – there is none, right now, as far as I can see, beyond ‘let’s pick up a bit of money’ (for which I don’t blame the athlete).

Barnabas Mandi

Craig,
Perhaps the name is not so important. World Cup or “Mainsponsor” Cup, or FINA Cup? I don’t mind. E.g. there’s the FIA ETRC. The participants don’t mind what the name is. That is a tipical World Championship series, simply because there is no more international racing series for trucks. So it’s only a name.
This year there will be the SC Worlds in Windsor, Canada. This series could be an opportunity to get used to SC and race against the potential contenders. Not only physically but mentally too.
We’ll see which group will be better, who is taking part or who is staying at home.

Craig Lord

Barnabas, I’ve been doing this far too long to accept excuses in any form for the calendar mess and ‘more is more’ mentality of FINA when clearly more is less, swimming the limping victim in it all. The fact is it does have a name: World Cup. It is anything but and I repeat, if I were the sponsor, I’d want my money back: virtually no coverage – and even then round-up column (and no mention of the sponsor and no TV mentioning them/showing them either – this is an in-house, highly subsidised exercise, no question) – in mainstream media around the world – no coverage whatsoever in a fair number of key swimming nations. That’s a calamity, one that reflects poor governance, poor decision-making and agenda-setting that has nothing to do with the best interests of athletes, let alone elite, world-class swimming.

Barnabas Mandi

Craig, asf
You’re right about the sponsors, FINA etc.
Craig,
That “just over 10…and well over 90 percent” is a little bit strange to me. Athletes from 30 nations attend the first two races (nobody from Canada, Italy, Spain and Sweden).
The GOAT and Maya (Gold medallists from Rio) finished their swimming career, swimmers from American Universities won’t attend any races with prize money outside USA. Nearly all of the European countries swam out of shape in Rio, only a few women and men from different European countries were excellent.
Half of the Aussies wasn’t good either. Missy is out of shape. How many is missing?
I think about 20 swimmers of the best is missing -including cheaters- not more.
2 women with 4 Olympic Golds, about 7 guys with 9-10 individual medals (mostly Silver) and 5-6 with 6-7 relay medals (including Gold too) are there.
Yes, the name of the series isn’t too good but much better than when the winner of NBA, MLB, NFL call themselves World Champions. That’s the joke.

Craig Lord

Barnabas, you see what you want to see… 205 FINA members… so 30 nations for a ‘world cup’ somewhat unimpressive (FINA likes to boast of its numbers, and gets IOC/Olympic broadcast money because of that, so please don’t remind me how irrelevant 205 nations are – that much we’ve known for a long time in terms of ‘elite, world-class swimming’) … and yes, the vast majority of elite swimmers from all leading nations are not there. Run your ruler over the world ranks and the Olympic results and you will see that there is no painting a rosy picture – the entry is feeble to say the very least. It may well be said that winning prize money this year is easier than it ever has been before.

Alexandre Madsen

Dear Craig Lord.

Anthony Ervin is the oldest olympic champion with 35 years old. Please, update the ranking of 50 men freestyle. He is with 34. It´s wrong. Thank you very much!!!

Craig Lord

Indeed he is, Alexandre – as we noted in our reports from Rio: http://www.swimvortex.com/sixteen-years-later-anthony-ervin-writes-another-golden-chapter-in-50-freestyle/

Our rankings are housed in databases (not a hand-written list)… Anthony’s month of birth was a bad input. Now May not September 🙂 Thanks.

Alexandre Madsen

Ok, of course. Best Regards. Thanks a lot!!!

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