Marco Koch Scares WR After German Mate Paul Biedermann’s Golden S/C Swansong

Marco Koch and Paul Biedermann granted gold to Germany in the first two finals of day 2 in Netanya & there was gold for Jaz Carlin, too - images by Patrick B. Kraemer

European S/C Championships, Netanya, Israel, Day 2 Finals: live reports, quotes and world-ranking updates on a day with eight titles up for grabs at the Wingate Institute Pool

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European S/C Championships, Netanya, Israel, Day 2 Finals: live reports, quotes and world-ranking updates on a day with eight titles up for grabs at the Wingate Institute Pool

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ThereaLuigi

Gyurta took a beating he is not going to forget easily

Crannman

Gyurta was absolutely decimated the final 50 of that race , Kochs split was over a full second ahead of Gyurta . I think Koch has a great shot to win gold in Rio , with Murdoch following closely …..

Crannman

Roy, in all honesty I don’t see Balandin winning when it counts . He didn’t even break 2:09 this summer . I say Koch because he is reliable , as in he’s backed up his performances time and time again , showing that he’s got what it takes to win on the biggest stage there is . Of course , there could be an up and comer that wins it . Defiantly going to be a tough race to call but I go with Koch for the win

ThereaLuigi

Roy, I am trying to decide whether you are not familiar with metaphors or are trying to be amusing (and failing miserably).

Michael Hendon

A great day for the Bath swimmers, They have a proven track record, yet British Swimming seem to be determined to pass over Simmonds and Pavoni. I don’t get it.

Michael Hendon

Of course, Pavoni is at Loughborough, but CWH is in with a shout.

Craig Lord

It certainly isn’t obvious, Michael – seems to me the budget is big enough to help all those in that kind of range.

Yozhik

🙂 Roy, the interesting naming pattern has been observed in your list of contenders at W200 FS. The lesser chances a swimmer has the longer name and more capital letters you use 🙂

Yozhik

Roy, I think you don’t have to prefix Hosszu’s name with the “maybe” title. If to look at Heemskerk 1:54.69 as aberration than Hosszu is already has rank #4. Pellegrini out raced her twice this year but I think it’s happened last time.
If anybody gives me at least one reason why Hosszu cannot drop one more second from her 1:55.41 then I will not predict her win in Rio.
Seriously, just one reason. But not the one that it is naturally impossible. There will be a battle of Titans – Hosszu’s unstoppable progress, Ledecky’s fearlessness racing and Sjostrom’s remarkably talented perfection.

Yozhik

I just only noticed that these three famous names represent exceptional sprinter, extraordinary long distance swimmer and superb IMer. So the long lasting dispute whom the 200 FS LCM distance belongs to will be resolved once and forever in Rio.

Wez

I must say, the day before the competition i made reference that Marco Koch would be “fairly close on the 200 breast”. Bitterly disappointed to see that he missed it by such a small margin, it would have been a great way to end off a stellar year. WC in Kazan, and then EC and a WR!

Danny is going to have to work extremely hard if he wants to win the 200 – after all he is pushing his 4th Olympics.

MP

Hi Craig, super articles as always and enjoying your coverage from Netanya immensely. The races have been so far of a very high standard indeed and of course I personally loved the 400 IM. Such a great race and a thrilling one too. Congrats to David. But hugely proud of Roberto. 2 seconds pb and British textile record. Second fastest time in GB of all time. A lot tougher today in the 200 IM. Race is absolutely packed and Laszlo is incredible. Good luck to everyone competing and once again thanks for your ongoing support which is very much appreciated. PS. After last year’s silver at the Europeans you called Roberto Hungarian. Now you refer to him as Robert (English version of his Italian name). What next?!? :-))))))))))))

Craig Lord

MP, the missing o is found … order is restored 🙂

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