Emily Seebohm Clocks Her 8th Sub-59 Of Year For World Cup 100 Back Win In Hong Kong

Emily Seebohm of Australia with one of her golds from world titles in August - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Double World champion Emily Seebohm (AUS) cracked out a 58.88 for victory over 100m backstroke at the World Cup in Hong Kong, the time the Australian’s eighth sub-59 of the year and matching precisely her win at the Moscow round of the series in the week after global titles in Kazan back in August

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Double World champion Emily Seebohm (AUS) cracked out a 58.88 for victory over 100m backstroke at the World Cup in Hong Kong, the time the Australian’s eighth sub-59 of the year and matching precisely her win at the Moscow round of the series in the week after global titles in Kazan back in August

Comments

Crannman

This WC is an honest joke . 15:28 for the 1500m win ? Ledecky would have won by over two seconds . Literally , the Grand Prix series is faster than this , and that should not be a case for an international event that’s trying to attract the worlds best . The need to get their stuff together ……

Bad Anon

Its only a màtter of time before Emily breaks 58.00 perhaps in Rio, but with Missy at her best ; a tense race will be won in a slower time ; cf Peaty vs CVDB saw a slower final (58.5) than prelims that were swam in relatively less pressure situation. Failing to manage nerves on the biggest stage has been the downfall of several hopefuls sadly

commonwombat

BA, a very plausible scenario ….which played out in this event in London.

We do need to acknowledge, however, that a number of changes have occurred since. Seebohm has become a far more mature individual and far more “mentally together” as a competitor ….. thus far more consistant.

There are also new kids on the block in Wilson & Nielsen. With a more sane schedule, will Hosszu attack this event ?

It’s probably no longer a case of “Missy just has to get back to her best” but rather she’ll need to do that to be competing for medals. To be challenging Seebohm, most likely she’ll have to find a whole new level in this event.

In no way am I writing her off; she’s a class act and you want to see them at their best competing against the best (no matter their nationality). However, her starts & turns ARE currently major weaknesses ….. and this event has not stood still for her in the meantime.

The 200BK still looks her best event and,despite Seebohm & Hosszu starting to lay siege to her castle, she probably still has a (narrowing) margin at her best. The 100 will be much harder

Craig Lord

Crannman; it has been the case for many years – and now it is worse than ever, though there have been regional rounds just as poor as this one.

Ger

Do the respective swimming federations pay the expenses of those competing? Otherwise, most of them will be very much out of pocket.

I don’t understand Franklin’s start. She loses a metre every time and her position at the blocks where she leans back a long way just loses leverage. It’s been that way for years. Neither Todd Schmitz, nor Teri McKeever have fixed it.

Bad Anon

On the flip side, a closer comparison between Missy and Emily ; Franklin has swum 58s only when it mattered most, championship finals which reflects emotional maturity for her too. Its perhaps the reality that competition is now harder, and being at ones best no guarantee Of medalling anymore ; USA trials will be a major “trial” with an awful start and poor turn, overcoming domestic competition ie Coughlin, Baker,, Pelton etal won’t be as easy ;; both Missy and Emily I believe have sub 58 potential

Garry COx

I think Seebohm is the real deal now- she knocks out 59s with ease and sub 59s regularly. After her 100m win in Kazan she said, no stress and no tears anymore.
Her 200m was the best tactical race in Kazan, she toyed with the worlds best and finished pulling away. Great to see.

Yozhik

As was suggested I watched this race one more time and agree with Garry Cox. It looks like Seebohm paid little attention to those who was sweating around. How fresh and powerful were her strokes at last 20m! She didn’t show any overexcitment of the win and accepted congratulations as Queen. So much confidence without a slightest shade of doubts of possible outcome of that race.

Craig Lord

Ger, it is the only way the tour can happen – heavily subsidised by the host putting it on (FINA investment ‘0’, you might say) and the sponsorship money that pays for the prizes. There is no tour broadcaster buying the rights to the World Cup as a tour because no-one wants it, for obvious reasons; most swimmers are there because their federation had paid for them to be there or, as at world championships, FINA subsidises them through development programs that keep universality alive, kicking and holding swimming’s development back.
It is a model that belongs to an amateur world in which the swimmer has no say, no control and is grateful for the trip and ‘selection’. It is based on a model in the 1980s of a world cup circuit that preceded FINA control, the difference being that in the early days some big-name swimmers did indeed get invited, paid for (not by their federation in some cases) and prizes were generated by local hosts and sponsors with insurers and others. That was the promise of a new dawn for athletes as money prizes started to be allowed under new rules … it was a false dawn, however, because in taking control of it, FINA stifled any notion that the athlete might control their own image rights, sponsorship display etc etc.

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