Jay Litherland Tops 1-2 With Josh Prenot In 400IM; USA Wins Meet But Not Medley Relays

Jay Litherland, lane 3, Josh Prenot, lane 7, Keita Sunama, lane 8

Teenager Jay Litherland storms to 400IM victory in 4:12.43 to lead USA 1-2 with Josh Prenot; USA wins the meet as Gwanju Universiade comes to a close in the pool – but the Americans did not win the medley relays – Italy and Japan ahead of them among men, Russia among men

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Teenager Jay Litherland storms to 400IM victory in 4:12.43 to lead USA 1-2 with Josh Prenot; USA wins the meet as Gwanju Universiade comes to a close in the pool – but the Americans did not win the medley relays – Italy and Japan ahead of them among men, Russia among men

Comments

clive rushton

“Teenager Jay Litherland did not lead at any point of the 400m freestyle…”

Of course he did 🙂

Craig Lord

No he didn’t… it was the same on medley, too, Clive 🙂

Ger

Nice to see Fiona Doyle doing well, winning two medals. A rarity for Irish swimming.

aswimfan

Conger, like any other NCAA swimmers, has great relay start and underwater, which counts for big in relays.

aswimfan

Jay Litherland looks eurasian.
Is his father/mother Asian?

aswimfan

And that freestyle split by Litherland is crazy.
Beat Shiwen’s fabled split by more than 2 seconds!!

Ger

His mother is Japanese, his father from New Zealand. He is one of swimming triplets with triple citizenship, so each could in theory face each other internationally.

Craig Lord

Yes, aswimfan – NZL father, JPN mother, has citizenship of 3 countries, along with his fellow triplet bros.

Craig Lord

:), aswimfan … but she’d have beaten the rest in the race on those last two laps …

Craig Lord

Sorry there was no breakdown, Roy – none provided and I’ not going to work them all out right now 🙂

HKSWIMMER

Roy – Hagino has the fastest closing 100m in the 400IM in history to his credit, a 55:xx from the Asian Games last year.

Craig Lord

True Ben: 55.75… but we should note the way the race was swum: Hagino was at 2:00.77 (relatively slow for him) at half-way …. very different races … at London 2012, the splits for Ryan Lochte were 1:56.86 at half-way and Kosuke Hagino was on 1:59.18 on his way to a 4:08 finishing on a 58.20. There is unlikely to be the ‘comfort’ of a 2min half-way come Rio 2016 if gold is your colour …

beachmouse

IIRC, Japan does not allow dual citizenship after about age 23 (file under things you learn from following figure skating casually), so at some point the triplets will either have to pick either Japan or USA/NZ as their active citizenship.

Mauro Pavoni

56 free is lightning. So is 33 second length of breast by Prenot. Are these splits correct?!? ? Usually first breast is faster than second leg, but he did 35 first and 33 second?

Craig Lord

Yes, it did pan out like that Mauro… he was chasing Sunama in 8, Prenot in 7 … look at the small images showing backstroke arrival and breaststroke departure and you’ll see the enormous chase that took place.

Mauro Pavoni

Thanks Craig. They are very impressive splits and highlight the beauty of the breaststroke. IM of course! ?

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