Duel In The Pool: USA 132; EUR 131 – WR Breaks Tie

Until Another Duel: Conor Dwyer and Mireia Belmonte wave farewell to a thriller of a meet, with Sophie Allen (inset) among those who set national records - and she set two [images: Patrick B. Kraemer]

The 2013 Speedo Duel in the Pool, Glasgow, is done: USA 132, European Allstars 131. What a show. It took a tie-breaker to decide. And that produced a world record of 1:37.17 in the 4x50m mixed medley for USA’s men, after Europe’s women had set a world best in the 4x100m free. A thrilling meet, a thrilling conclusion, thrilling prospects for an event that should and could be swimming’s Ryder Cup, if a will and a way can be found

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The 2013 Speedo Duel in the Pool, Glasgow, is done: USA 132, European Allstars 131. What a show. It took a tie-breaker to decide. And that produced a world record of 1:37.17 in the 4x50m mixed medley for USA’s men, after Europe’s women had set a world best in the 4x100m free. A thrilling meet, a thrilling conclusion, thrilling prospects for an event that should and could be swimming’s Ryder Cup, if a will and a way can be found

Comments

McGillrocks

Another big meet for Conor Dwyer. In the space of a year he has transformed from a somewhat steady US team member to one of the best all around swimmers in the world. He’s gone from competing for a spot on the National team to competing with (and often beating) Yannick Angel, the man who is over a second faster in textile than any other swimmer in the world (unless Phelps un-retires).

And of course an incredible finish. Just today I was at a meet in England and they were announcing the score and saying “Come on Europe.”

McGillrocks

When I got home I found out the result online and went and listened to Patriotic music.

aswimfan

McGillRocks,
Even if Phelps unretires, he will never be within one second of Yannick Agnel in 200 free LCM

McGillrocks

You must be kidding. Phelps still holds the Olympic record and went 1:43.86 in 2007 at worlds. Agnel went 1:43.14, which is not a second faster than Phelps.

felixtzu

If Phelps was back to his best conditioning they could have great races, but even if he un-retires this is unlikely. Hopefully, he’ll back to swim the 100fly, and forget about the middle-distance events.

The use of Agnel played a pretty crucial role in the result of this duel. He was in for both 800 and 200 with a quick turnaround, and ended up with no points. If he’d sat out the 800, surely he’d got something in the 200.

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