How The Relay Medley Men Stack Up In Title Hunt

The best ever: the term applied to Michael Phelps at London 2012 as he took his golden tally to 18 … but not to the Games, terrific as they were in many ways; not to any Games, in fact … they all had their merits and downsides - and Rio 2016 will be no different [Photo: Craig Lord]

Continuing our series on relay prospects at the FINA World Championships in the Barcelona pool from July 28 to August 4, we turn to men’s medley. Consider the teams that did not make the final at London 2012: France, China, Russia, South Africa, Italy. One weak link spells trouble, two is lethal; after GB trials, the Brits are within a second of the USA on paper, all best four stroke men having clocked PBs in Sheffield

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Continuing our series on relay prospects at the FINA World Championships in the Barcelona pool from July 28 to August 4, we turn to men’s medley. Consider the teams that did not make the final at London 2012: France, China, Russia, South Africa, Italy. One weak link spells trouble, two is lethal; after GB trials, the Brits are within a second of the USA on paper, all best four stroke men having clocked PBs in Sheffield

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Jeremy Stravius has an identical twin. This explains quite a lot !

Graham

Going to be great. Especially looking forward to Steffen Deibler swimming both the fly and free legs for the German team.

petriasfan

As an Aussie, I’d love it if the Aussie men win. They do have a strong team, that’s hoping our backstroker and butterflier hold their ground. Sprenger and Magnussen are without a doubt training hard and want to win the gold that eluded them in London. The Americans will perform well – don’t worry about Cordes 59.99 100m breast, he will split a 58 on a relay. Plus, Lochte will be dynamite on the 100m fly, better than the Wright of Australia. The Americans are simply the benchmark of relay swimming.

Craig Lord

They could at least have given the twins different names – very confusing… on the other hand, it may be either Lacourt or Mettela … or Manaudou is a different place with a different swimmer on freestyle… France has a game to play with (and did in 2012, to no avail on that occasion)

Craig Lord

I think his brother Markus may lend a helping hand 🙂

mcitaly

I’m very surprised that nobody has mentioned the Italian Medley Relay. Maybe someone has forgotten that the sum of the best time in each strokes for Italy is 3:34.66 an overall performance better than Chinese or German one of course.
By using this forgetfulness, I would like to underline the potential of two great swimmers: I’m talking about Scozzoli,2nd time this year in the 100 br and world short course champion on the same distance, and Rivolta,a pioneer sub 52 in 100 fly for the Italian swimming hystory and a swimmer with a tremendous final during the race (he swam the last 50 metres in 27’51 during the Italian Spring Championships by finishing the race with the new Italian record of 51’70).
In conclusion if you would like to make a bet during the World Championship, my advice is to keep in mind these two swimmers besides consider more the Italian swimming movement.
Have a nice day, cheers

Craig Lord

Quite right… the pack is shuffled 🙂

Rafael

You did not sum up brazil times.

Orzechowski – 54.64
João Gomes: 1:00:21
Thiago Pereira: 52.96
Marcelo Chiereguinni – 48.11

That would add to 3:35:92 ahead of RSA

Craig Lord

Added to the reserves bench. Obrigado

Zsolt

Hungary goes also ahead RSA:
Bernek – 54.58
Gyurta – 1:00,12
Cseh – 52.51
Takács – 49.35

3:36,56

TheSwimmingExpert

This will be one of the great events in Barcelona. With so many strong teams, all four swimmers will have to fire for their country to win.

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