Femke Heemskerk Paces A Better Race Than Her Kazan Crunch; Mireia Belmonte Triples

Femke Heemskerk, by Patrick B. Kraemer

Femke Heemskerk raced inside her world-titles pace over 200m freestyle, Mireia Belmonte claimed a trio of victories and Sebsastiaan Verschuren and Moniek Nijhuis flew the home flag on the first evening of finals at at the long-course Amsterdam Cup

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Femke Heemskerk raced inside her world-titles pace over 200m freestyle, Mireia Belmonte claimed a trio of victories and Sebsastiaan Verschuren and Moniek Nijhuis flew the home flag on the first evening of finals at at the long-course Amsterdam Cup

Comments

Yozhik

I would not say that the analysis of Heemskerk’s performance in this article is quite complete.
First of all I would rather not to say that her campaign in Kazan was disappointing. Her sprint races were up to expectations and her 51.99 relay was more than good.
And secondly I will not consider her a 200m racer. I am not familiar with how she swam this distance at her younger years, but her races during last two years make an impression that she swims this distance just because she can do it, but actually without focusing much on it. It maybe in Ledecky’s mind (who is not a sprinter) whatever is shorter than 800 is a sprint. But real sprinter should know that 200 is not a long sprint but completely different animal. Whenever Famke starts fast (like 26.52 in Kazan) it ends with disaster. With slow start (56.96) she makes 1:54.68. Her recent race in Amsterdam is another illustration of this point. She has to forget that she is a sprinter when she is going to swim 200. It looks like a sprinter Heemskerk who is by her potential to swim 200 stands next to Sarah Sjostrom doesn’t know or is not taught how to swim this distance. She was genially surprised to figure out that 1:54.68 was very possible without extra supper efforts.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WynqFU98mf8

ThereaLuigi

This girl puzzles me. I remember very well the 1:54 swim that Yozhik just posted. FH had the longest, most relaxed stroke for at least 150 meters. I thought she had found her perfect recipe for the 200. Then came the Kazan disappointment (I know SHE was disappointed after the race).
At the recent European SC championships, she mentioned she had a problem with her technique, which she had changed recently. Maybe she plays with her technique too much?

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