Welcome to our collation of feature articles. Here you can find profiles, obituaries, analysis of topical themes, consideration of long-term issues that reverberate in the world of swimming and obituaries.
September 16, 2016 -
It’s been almost 16 years since Anthony Ervin and Gary Hall Jr. shared gold in the 50 freestyle at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, and Ervin is still at the top of his game.
July 28, 2016 -
Not so much third time lucky but third time prepared is how Mel Marshall sees her third Olympic Games as Rio looms large on the Belo Horizonte (Beautiful horizon in Portuguese)
July 26, 2016 -
Editorial: The IOC passed the ball to FINA, FINA passed the ball back to Russia and Efimova’s team, which passes the ball to CAS confident that, with Gatlin in goal, victory is assured. … Why else would Russia sacrifice Efimova and Co? That will be put to the test in the days ahead. If Russia is serious and genuine, then there will be no appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. If it made this move deliberately, knowing that the sacrifice followed by CAS appeal route would not only avoid a blanket ban but get its dopers back in, too, then Efimova and Co will have their day in court and arbitration may well deliver the death of the Olympic Games in Rio
July 24, 2016 -
Women’s backstroke and In keeping with the theme of our Olympic series series, we don’t have to look too far to find the queen of consistency in the 100m: Emily Seebohm has built one of the most powerful event ownerships in the clock all events, all-time as the owner of 28 of the best 50 100m backstroke efforts ever seen (that count in textile). All but three of those efforts are sub-59. Missy Franklin is queen of the all-time 200 ranks: 4/4, 6/10 and 20/20 of the best performances ever. The Rio contenders.
July 22, 2016 -
Britain’s Jazz Carlin summed up the feeling of those racing in the tank with a shark when she said: “It is tough. She’s set incredible times, so far ahead of the field but we’re all individuals and we bring the best we can, we strive for the best we can be. You never know what can happen on the day. With the Olympics its best to expect the unexpected: you’ve got to be on your game and at the very best you can be. That’s what all the work is for.” The only way to approach the challenge presented by Katie Ledecky …
July 22, 2016 -
As he prepares for a fourth Olympiad, Ryan Lochte is not ready to call time on his career.
July 19, 2016 -
Seven years after the United States set the world record of 3:27.28 in the 400 medley relay, that tech-suit standard will be under assault by Team USA.
July 15, 2016 -
Rio 2016 – men’s breaststroke: There are no margins that grant genuine comfort for any in Olympic waters but Adam Peaty will surely be buoyed by a season in which he has yet to race fully rested yet counts the European crown in 58.36 after 58.41 at Bitain’s Olympic trials and two 58.74s on his score sheet in this season beyond a scorcher of a 57.92 world record. The pace of world progress: 2004 heading into Athens 2004 – 1 man under the minute; 2016 – 22 men. If the defending champion Cameron Van der Burgh, of South Africa, is back at world No 9 on 59.6 and yet to declare his hand as Peaty’s closest opponent on the clock and in racing in 2014 and 2015, then an even more stark ‘wait and see’ meets the eye in the 200m battle: defending champion Daniel Gyurta, of Hungary – 43rd in the world on 2:10.84, some way back from Josh Prenot and a leading 2:07.17
July 13, 2016 -
Missy Franklin brings a bubbly demeanor to the pool deck, but she also proves that vulnerability is an acceptable trait.
July 11, 2016 -
After we started our month-long countdown to racing in Rio with a look at some of the most significant swims of Olympic season so far on the clock, we turn our attention to consistency; the rate at which contenders stack up quality efforts in the top 10, top 20 and top 25 performances. In the series so far:… […]