Heading For History: The Champions Out To Reach New Title Tallies At Worlds In Kazan

Magyar might: Daniel Gyurta at the eye of the storm, Marco Koch furthest from the camera [photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

The SwimVortex guide to defending champions heading into the World Championships, set for Kazan from August 2-9, has considered all solo events, the links to all features at the foot of this article. Before turning to relays, we take an overview of the solo champions and who among them can make history in Kazan when it comes to titles counts

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The SwimVortex guide to defending champions heading into the World Championships, set for Kazan from August 2-9, has considered all solo events, the links to all features at the foot of this article. Before turning to relays, we take an overview of the solo champions and who among them can make history in Kazan when it comes to titles counts

Comments

Clive Rushton

Isn’t it wonderful just what * and ** conveys? :))

Verram

Can’t wait for your relay write up! Cmon!!!

john26

I personally feel that the Men’s 200breast is too dense to call an indiscriminant favorite. Based on history, this is Gyurta. But his times don’t mean what they did 3 years ago, and weve seen so many young guys drop into the 2:07, that a second drop into 2:06mid/low is just as likely to come from another individual.

If I was going to place money in favor of Gyurta or against, i’d put it against.

aswimfan

Is it so much of a prediction if I predict that the men’s relays will be a lot more unpredictable than the women’s relays?
🙂

aswimfan

I so concur with John26 regarding Gyurta and the m200 breast.

A host of swimmers can really snatch the gold. I’d put Gyurta at V: 5 at best.

Jay

didn’t Franklin also win the 200 back in 2011 in addition to 2013?

Craig Lord

Yes, Jay, she did… hence she’s been upgraded in the article 🙂

Craig Lord

John26. My memory of watching from the stands is long – I recall Hungarians of old who were new, then thought to be on the wane, then champions again. I think Gyurta has a 2:06 in him… so the question will be who can go with him. Murdoch can but not this summer unless one of the two Brits selected for the event moves aside.

john26

You better better than I do, however I am weary of the younger men swimming 59high’s and already swimming 2:07s. The 2 years leading to Rio coincides with the years they are going to develop greater physical strength, and building the front end speed on top of already increasing back end speed makes them due for another drop. Balandin and Koseki come to mind as the dark horse candidates in this regard.

Danjohnrob

@Jay: You are correct! If Franklin wins the 200 back she will be the first to win it 3 times.

Rafael

Gyurta even not being so fast.. he had one thing always.. He delivers what is needed, It seems he never really went everything he really could, if the fields get faster, he just get faster togther..

Paul Andrew

Approve of the asterisks. Will this become part of the new SV style guide – for example when reporting the results from Kazan? I think it’s needed with the amount of swimmers competing with previous doping infringements.

Craig Lord

Yes, Paul, the asterisk is here to stay

M.T.Bottle

Correction: Cameron Van der Burgh DID NOT win the 50 breast in Shanghai 2011. He was third behind Felipe França Silva and Fabio Scozzoli.

Craig Lord

Quite so, M.T. Bottle. He was champion in 2009, 2013 – so stands as ‘would be the 1st 3’.

beachmouse

IIRC, Gyurta’s ‘wane’ was during a time when he was having far too much fun outside the swimming pool.As long as he’s focused and keeping it to one beer a day, he’s been very hard to beat.

Danjohnrob

Mr Lohn and Mr Lord: I’m actually SAD that this series of articles in over! I looked forward to reading them so much! Well, at least we still have the relays…

mcgillrocks

If Ryan Lochte wins an individual gold, he would be the 2nd person in history to break into double digits in terms of world titles. He could also take his 6th hold in the 800 free relay.

Missy Franklin looks to break double digits in terms of overall WC Gold haul (sitting at 9).

Grant Hackett could also earn a medal in his 6th world championships, 8 after his first medal. Would 17 years between medals set the record?

beachmouse

Dara Torres only swam two World Championships- silver in the 4×100 FR in 1986 and 4th in the 4×100 FR in 2009 so a near podium miss with a 23 year gap.

Oympic-wsie she ‘wins’ with 24 years between relay gold in Los Angeles and a handful of silvers in Beijing

aswimfan

If the world championships had always been every two years, many legends of the past would have had three or four titles of the same events.

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