Doubles Notched By Abbey Weitzeil And Oussama Mellouli At Swim Meet of Champs

Oussama Mellouli by Patrick B. Kraemer
Oussama Mellouli by Patrick B. Kraemer

A sprint sweep by Abbey Weitzeil served as the highlight of weekend action at the Fran Crippen Memorial Swim Meet of Champions.

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Pavel Buyanov

Why dont mark Ousama with a *?

Craig Lord

Pavel, the * is used on all who serve or served a doping suspension – as you would know if you read this site regularly and know that it is my task as editor to place the asterisks. Just for you, I lift a potted explanation from our vast and comprehensive archive of doping cases. I removed the last part of your comment because it was unreasonable and inaccurately accusatory.

Pavel Buyanov

Oussama served the 18 mont suspension, as you know. And I do read this site regularly. Thats why Im asking.

Craig Lord

If you read regularly, then you will know that Oussama Mellouli gets an asterisk (as he has and as written with explanation on the article before your latest email). That you ask is fine, Pavel, that you pose an unreasonable question laden with accusation of bias is not.

commonwombat

Ah yes, Ous; a most interesting ….. and illustrative case.

Am not going to go there with regards to the excuse provided but what what illustrative was the selective morality of many US swim fans and pundits who would normally be most truculent in their denunciation of any such infraction on the part of an East European, Asian, or basically any “furriner” in general.

Instead we got “Ous wouldn’t do such a thing !! Ous is a good College Boy !!” Bad comedy at it’s worst.

felix

Been a long time since America had a threat in the women’s freestyle sprints

Craig Lord

And we’ll only know if they have one in 2016 come USA trials, felix.

aswimfan

CW,

And the funniest thing is that many American swimming fans happily lap up Oussama’s excuse that he used ritalin to prepare for exams.
Hackett’s trifecta was denied by a cheat, in my opinion.

Craig Lord

aswimfan, fair to say we have only his word when it comes to his motivation in life that week. Here were the results in question (his PB at the time in brackets):
1st 400 free – 3:53.20 (3:46); 7th 1500 – 15:40.79 (15:35.97, 2003); 1st 400IM 4:15.61 CR (4:13.47) – ahead of … Michael Phelps – 4:18.32

commonwombat

ASW, in all honesty Hackett and the “master coach” managed to make a mess of yet another Olympics.

He goes out in both the 400 & 200s in full bodysuit; something he had NEVER previously ventured in competition …. and swam poorly. He ditches it for the 1500 where at least his performance level was reasonably …. if not his tactical awareness

Craig Lord

CW – he didn’t ditch the 50% poly shiny bodysuit for the 1500 final in Beijing…

aswimfan

CL,

CW was correct. Hackett wore the full body suit with full arm-sleeves (a la Ian Thorpe’s) in 400 and 200, the only one who wore such suit, but he went back to the usual sleeveless in the 1500 m.
I always maintained that Ian thorpe’s full arm-sleeves Adidas bodysuit was created by Adidas for Ian Thorpe solely for marketing gimmick as it created such a presence compared to other bodysuits. However, such the arm-sleeves created a hindrance for full arm rotation movement. If only Thorpe had worn the normal style bodysuit, his world records would have been even faster.

Craig Lord

Yes, the arms (very cumbersome), sorry CW: it was the description that threw me – full bodysuit means covering the body … which it did. I’m not sure how it affected Hackett at the end of his career – though I find the idea of ‘another Olympics ruined’ a touch odd from the perspective of all those millions of Olympians who would die for two gold medals plus 🙂 – but what we can say is that the suits helped a lot of others (not all, some appear to have been hindered by it all) in that 1500m: heats remain the fastest depth in 1500m racing in history. Mellouli was among those who swam well beyond himself on the clock.

commonwombat

Harsh it may seem but not without some degree of justification; three Olympics and somehow things seem to go “pear-shaped” at all three.

Yes, two gold medals are a haul that the vast majority of Olympic swimmers would “grab it and run” yet there is a very defensible case to be made that he should have done much better in his non 1500 Olympic swims

Craig Lord

I know what you mean CW but that scenario plays out in a great many careers of podium placers. It should not be a source of quasi-shame for a 1500m swimmer with that as his main goal to fall shy of other targets on the way to his biggest goal, one that for 30-lappers always falls towards the end of programs. He could have chosen to say, you know what, sod the 400 and the relay, I’ll just go for the big one, my taper geared at that. He didn’t and it didn’t always work out. And that’s ok – and history. Hackett has bigger worries – and I hope he gets the support around him to achieve life goals more significant that ‘what happened in the 400 at Sydney 2000’ etc.

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