Kazan 2015 Worlds: Day 1 Heats – Katinka Hosszu 2:07.30 ER; USA, AUS Out Of 4×100 Men

Katinka Hosszu - by Patrick B. Kraemer

World Swimming Championships, Day 1 Heats: Defending champions Katie Ledecky (USA), Sun Yang (CHN), the USA women’s 4x100m free all sailed through to their respective finals at the helm in day 1 heats at the world championships, while Katinka Hosszu (HUN) set a European record of 2:07.30 – in 200IM heats. There was upset too: Australians Mack Horton and David McKeon missed the cut for the 400m free final and while the French men’s 4x100m free quartet progressed to the defence of the crown in 4th place with plenty of power to come, the USA, 11th with Germany behind Belgium and Britain, and Australia, 13th, missed the cut for the final

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World Swimming Championships, Day 1 Heats: Defending champions Katie Ledecky (USA), Sun Yang (CHN), the USA women’s 4x100m free all sailed through to their respective finals at the helm in day 1 heats at the world championships, while Katinka Hosszu (HUN) set a European record of 2:07.30 – in 200IM heats. There was upset too: Australians Mack Horton and David McKeon missed the cut for the 400m free final and while the French men’s 4x100m free quartet progressed to the defence of the crown in 4th place with plenty of power to come, the USA, 11th with Germany behind Belgium and Britain, and Australia, 13th, missed the cut for the final

Comments

aswimfan

Woohoooo…. I’m sooo excited!!

Verram

Aussie girls a bit rusty in the 100 fly..

aswimfan

The US women 4×100 need to work hard not only to defend their crown but also to hold off the Netherlands charge, now that they are without the crazy splits from relay specialist Megan Romano and relay queen Natalie Coughlin.

Femke and Ranomi will split 52 low/mid, Marrit already split 53flat and getting faster. It will depend on Dekker on how fast she can go.

Verram

Let’s just hope he Aussie girls are not rusty in that 4×100 relay

Ger

Sjostrom 56.4…………good luck for silver folks.

Personal Best

Nah, come on haha, a bit rusty? It’s too early to tell… it’s only heats. Plus I think McKeon will take it easy before the relay.
Not that I think the Aussie girls in butterfly will be super impressive compared to the top contenders.

However, that 56.4. Stand back!

aswimfan

McKeon will have multiple swims exactly like Coutts did in Barcelona, so I’m sure she’s trying to reserve as much energy as she can.

aswimfan

Yang is looking dangerous 3:44.99
Cochrane is looking very good for 800-1500
James Guy fell off the past .

Ger

Wow! Big big shock in the 400….no Aussies in final.

aswimfan

Horton and mckeon OUT!!!!

shocking.

They were playing too safe, and didnt realize the pace set by Bernek and Jaeger in the outside lanes.

aswimfan

Both Horton and McKeon went out too slowwwww….

Personal Best

Yikes… now the men’s 400 free… that’s rusty!
‘the past pace of the morning heats’ caught them by surprise according to the interview. Feel bad for Horton.

Verram

Well there goes our 400m chances.. Back to the drawing board again for the Aussies

Wez

Casualties a plenty so far. Sjostrom looked comfortable, no one is going to get to her. the first 50 was poised and the last was a controlled effort.

Yang will win the 400 tonight, he had another gear.

Anon

i wonder what happened with horton?
did he just not know how fast he had to go in heats? to make the final?
he didn’t look that puffed in the interview after the race….

HKSWIMMER

Haters gonna hate, but Sun looks in pretty good form.

Very happy for James Guy though – a confident swim and I think he might have a very good shot at the silver.

Anon

In 2013, it took 3:47:86 to make the final so i think horton just got caught out (no excuse really considering they were in the final heat and knew what time they needed). no surprises from mckeon, he missed 2013 finals too!

aswimfan

The Aussies’ excuse of caught by fast pace is not acceptable for elite swimmers like them, especially since they were in the final heat.

McKeon is again, failing in international competitions. Horton still has 800 and 1500 to redeem himself.
But going from #1 seed to not qualify is really a disaster.

Yang will win this.

aswimfan

Shiwen does not look too impressive.

I am bummed by Coventry’s slow swim. I was hoping she got to semis at least..oh well, she has another year.

aswimfan

By the way, Mckeon went 3:46 in the prelims of Australian trials.
Now he is saying the prelims pace was too fast? Reallyyyy???
What kinda pace did he expect to qualify to the final of world championships????
3:50??

aswimfan

SMOC looked very strong. Good sign!

Anon

it’s so interesting seeing 2 siblings who are so different. david mckeon has been failing with his 1-2 events for years while his sister goes from strength to strength on her multiple event schedule!

aswimfan

2:07.30 Hosszu!
I know that she always swims fast anytime anywhere, but why swim 2:07 in the prelims?

My goodness!!

Might as well give the 200/400 IM golds to her now.

Verram

David McKean doesn’t have champion quality… Time and time again he fails at international level… Doesn’t have it between the ears when it counts most..

commonwombat

Aswim, I couldn’t agree more ! Somehow I think AUS does need to re-examine selection policy or at least start “marking people’s cards”. In other words, serial non-performers essentially be classified “Never To Be Selected Again”.

By no means am I saying “condemn them” after one sub-standard meet but when they’re on their 4th-5th year on the team and are still not delivering then there should be a case of saying “no more trips away for you”.

I’m not just singling out McKeon, he’s far from an orphan and has a number of “fellow tourists” of both genders.

If this means smaller teams and some events with only one or even no AUS entrants then so be it.

Wez

I have a sneaky suspicion that KH will go 206 on the 200 IM.

The fly was well within herself, and as for her backstroke, it was no where near as fast as it could be.

the free looked even, but it was still 29.9. she will crush it tonight

Anon

aus women 4x100m resting C1/C2/mckeon. they still have schlanger/wilson/seebohm/barratt. even with brit elmslie out they should still put up a great time. what other countries would do for that depth =P

aswimfan

I really don’t get these aussies like mckeon etc.
You never saw the likes of recent past Aussie champions swam far below their best in international competitions.
Horton might still redeem himself, he swam 3:49 in AUS trials prelims. But then again they should have known that even 4:46 is cutting it close in a major’s prelims?
Whats the point of reserving a bit of energy when you don’t even qualify to swim in the evening?

Also, didn’t aussies coaches and mentors give them advice??

aswimfan

OK, this men 50 fly does not excite me one bit.
It’s all about start, and underwater and splash splash splash and you can’t even follow who put their hands on the final pad first.

And there’s Aleksander Popkov in the men 50 free.

aswimfan

Cseh in 23.32??????????????????
I’m shocked.

Le Clos is in danger of losing 100 fly to Cseh.

aswimfan

It’s nice to see familiar names like Ryan Pini and Albert Subirats still swimming and mixing it with the elites.

Verram

Australia hasn’t really had a great morning so far… 400m free was a real downer

Pierre AGOGUE

Aswimfan, could you follow the last spalsh at heat 9?

HKSWIMMER

I have to say – so so so surprised by Cseh. Did not call that at all.

Schooling also looks very dangerous. I think that’s a new PB for him. Look out in the 100m fly.

As for Manaudou – he looked so powerful. Best start per usual, breathing most strokes, not even fazed at the end. He wants this Gold, and he will be quick.

Pierre AGOGUE

What about Cielo? Did he fail something or he is just managing (very dangerous!) ?

DDias

Hosszu fired up all cylinders!!!Euro record!

It looks like age is coming for Cielo.Not about the time, but bad start and lifted his head BEFORE touch the pad.Very bad swim.Manaudou hold off a lot breathing at the end of the race.

aswimfan

I love *swimming* and watching and following *swimming*, and that’s why I just don’t like when a swimmer dominate their events due to far superior start, turns and underwater. I know that those are part of swimming race/event….. but still…

aswimfan

Ledecky show is just about to start in a few minutes. Can’t wait to watch her swimming, it’s always exciting.

Pierre AGOGUE

Actually, I fully agree with you…the sc 100 fly record (55.0something) is held by Diane Buy Duyet who was so good at underwater (in shiny suits)…but nothing close to the real specialists in swimming.

aswimfan

Lauren Boyle is looking very strong. Hasn’t she been training with Denis Cotterell this year?

aswimfan

Ledecky’s turn and underwater has improved even more…looks like it..which is unbelieavble

Personal Best

To be fair I believe Horton was the one who said something similar to this: ‘it’s my first international competition and the heats were really fast, but I know what I need to do for the rest of the week’.

So it wasn’t McKeon, but still, two relatively slow swims. Not terrible! Just slow.

aswimfan

Ledecky is making Carlin and co looking like age groupers… this is stunning fatastical

Adam Plutecki

anybody knows a good quality live streaming?

aswimfan

Shes still ahead of WR! at 300

aswimfan

shes slowing down, thankfully for her opponents

Verram

Wow at least Australia gets a finalist tonight!

aswimfan

Is this Ashwood first major?

She didn’t make mistakes of the far more experienced mckeon or Horton.

aswimfan

Carlin didn’t look too good. Can Ashwood spoil Carlin’s silver in 800?

aswimfan

Just checked… Ashwood swam in Barcelona

commonwombat

Cudos to Ashwood who’s international record to date resembled that of McKeonD. I suspect she’s “spent her fuel tickets” with this heats swim but at least she’s gone out and given herself a chance.

Ledecky … goes without saying. Boyle – silver. Carlin wasn’t as impressive as some so bronze could be a bit of a cat-fight.

aswimfan

I wished we had underwater view during start/turn of this men 100 breast so we know who’s doing multiple dolphin kicks.

DDias

Right now, the good(within expectations):
Sjostrom, Hosszu, Manaudou,Ledecky

The bad:
Cielo,Horton

Ger

I wonder will Ledecky go for the WR later or hold a little back for later events.

Pierre AGOGUE

I can’t see Australia on the 4×100 women starting list ???????????????????????

aswimfan

PersonalBest.

It is a little bit disingenuous for Horton to claim it’s his first international competition. Way back in 2013 he already went to World Junior Championships.
How many international competitions do these new generation of Australian swimmers need before they understand that yes, they need to swim at their best to have a chance to medal or even qualify to the next rounds??

aswimfan

Pierre,

Australia is in lane 8 and USA in lane 9 in heat 2.

How on earth???????

aswimfan

Woww.. Ross Murdoch 59.48

aswimfan

VDB had a huge kick and another mini kick after the turn

aswimfan

These breastrokers are all very buff.

Pierre AGOGUE

Thank you!

Ger

Where is everyone getting the lane assignments for the 4×100 from? I see Aus and US in 4 and 5.

aswimfan

Better news for the aussies as Jake Packard posted PB and went sub 1:00 for the first time.

Another shock: Gyurta at 22th and missed semi.

CAN Richard Funk through to semis.

aswimfan

Ger,

from Omegatiming site:
http://www.omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=00010F020001003300FFFFFFFFFFFF01

Ger

But for Ledecky, the US swimmers doing nothing of note.

aswimfan

Lane assignments in Omegatiming are all messed up.

aswimfan

Ger,

Traditionally, USA doesn’t do anything great in the first day. Remember London?

aswimfan

Woww… USA is far behind the leader

Anon

what happened to usa? 7th!

aswimfan

USA 7th in the first heat!!!!!!

SHOCKING

aswimfan

How on earth Australia is on lane 8???

Whos in charge of this organization?

The Current WR holders?? Seriously???

Ger

I have no idea what is going on in the 4×100

aswimfan

Oh, now the USA is swimming again in lane 9 of heat 2 next to Australia?

aswimfan

This Russian live feed is terrible

Ger

LOL

aswimfan

This is the worst World championships viewing in a loooooonggg time

Ger

This is hilarious.

Anon

oh they mixed up hong kong and usa! that makes so much more sense. i was wondering how HK was beating australia!

Ger

Eurosport still haven’t copped it.

aswimfan

I mean, misplacing countries and flags on TV feed is one thing, but to actually assign the current wR holders and defending world champion in lane 8 and 9???

This is FINA (with the help of Russia) way of giving middle finger to USA and AUS.

Personal Best

The commentators were so confused… every list they had listed the USA as swimming in heat of the Womens 4x100m, and subsequently finishing 7th.

There was a loooong wait after the first heat… so clearly something was up. Ah fina.

aswimfan

and now there seems to be confusion among the officials on deck

Anon

i’m a little disappointed with mel wright’s 100m split. 53.51….. she’s split about a full second quicker on relays before. seebohm did well to crack 54s on the lead swim

Anon

looks like the dutch raced both heemskerk and ranomi and still got 3rd. aus and us at least have fast swimmers jumping in

aswimfan

Brazil means business this time

commonwombat

I’d have probably have been tempted to give C2 a run out in the heats instead of Barratt but no harm done. Not sure their male counterparts have any real margin of error.

Sprenger looks “shot” unless they can find a resolution for his shoulder issues before the end of this year. Packard’s sub minute PB is a pleasing progression. I can’t see him progressing to the final but certainly a “pass mark” for his first “Major” championships.

Anon

jeeez tomasso d’orsagna is absolutely useless yet again. aus has no chance at medals

aswimfan

Condorelli in 48.25

aswimfan

Morozov is in fine form!

Anon

australia came 5th…. prob won’t make the final lol

aswimfan

These Russian men will smash it in the final

Verram

Why didn’t the Aussies swim their best team in men’s 4×100???

aswimfan

Australia underperformed again, and will miss Final.. 3:16???

what year do they think they are swimming in? 1997?

Anon

usa missed the final too!

aswimfan

Seebohm 53.93 flat start and had amazing start… 0.69 RT and split 25.86

She will be extremely dangerous in 50/100 back.

Even with Barratt’s 54.60, AUS still went 3:35

Mel Wright conserve some energy. she will be faster.

USA has a dilemma in choosing between Neal or Weitzel. Geer will get to swim of course.

Anon

australia and usa no longer have the depth in men’s sprinting to put up a subpar team in the heats and still qualify

aswimfan

Both USA and AUSTRALIA OUT!

When was the last time this happened?

AvantSwim

OMG the relays! Surpised!

Anon

it’s funny that so much was made about phelps/magnussen missing this WC and the effect on the mens 4x100m but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway
tipping russia to win it
bright point for australia’s future – kyle chalmers split 47.92 at aged 17

Verram

The Aussie coaches should have been smart enough to know that they should have swum the best team for the men’s 4×100 free and that means swimming McEvoy in the heats.. D’Orsogna disappoints again… Another ‘tourist’ as another poster would say

Personal Best

How can the USA miss the final?
And Australia? And Germany?
Kind of a complete surprise.

Though, and this isn’t particularly nice, I’m kind of glad Australia missed the final to be honest.

I say that because I believe the organisation that is Swimming Australia needs to reassess what they do right and what they don’t.

Ger

Amazing. No one qualified from the last heat:
http://omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=00010F020000002900FFFFFFFFFFFF02

Anon

for d’orsogna to put at 49.75 lead in when he was the fastest swimmer of the 4 is just poor form. he’s about as reliable as mckeon on an international stage.

Verram

A 49.89 swim from Delaney just won’t cut it… Why wasn’t McEvoy swum?? He didn’t have any events on this m

commonwombat

I was attacked on these pages a week or so back for putting up D’Orsogna as a “poster child” for the “tourist tendency”/serial non-performers that keep making AUS teams.

As the Romans would have expressed it; “Quod Erat Demonstrandum” – the facts speak for themselves as illustrated with this relay.

There is an even heavier price to be paid; namely that by finishing outside the top12 teams they have now failed to earn automatic qualification of this relay for Rio. WILL

commonwombat

WILL this be the only AUS relay that will suffer a similar fate; ie missing finals AND automatic QF for Rio ?

Verram

The Aussie coaches obviously didn’t learn the lesson when men’s 4×200 missed the finals of the last world champs… Even Russia swam Morozov this morning.. McEvoy should have done the same over Delaney.. Seriously this a world championship not your local swim carnival

Personal Best

It’s not always the swimmers’ fault… most are doing their best.
A lot of the time the faults lie with those in charge… including the selectors, or the coaches.

Big lessons ahead of next year.

Thought had Australia qualified, I wouldn’t have seen them challenging for a medal. Other than McEvoy, it doesn’t seem they had much more time to drop.

aswimfan

Both D’orsogna and Delaney robbed Chalmers of experience swimming in world championships final.

How on earth that Chalmers is unfazed while the much more experienced Dorsogna and Delaney crumbled in a PRELIM?????

Feigen in another relay disaster will no doubt receive the wrath of american fans. Him swimming so slow caused Earvin to try to catch up and splitting extremely fast 22.39, causing the piano to fall on his back in the last 30m.

Verram

The objective of any race is to get the best result for your country… And Australia finishing 13th in the heats is not truly reflective of their capability because the coaches took the risk and rested the fastest Aussie swimmer… 3:16 was competitive maybe 20 yrs ago and the team has gone backwards

aswimfan

The Australian selectors and coaches SHOULD HAVE chosen Chalmers to swim individual 100 to replace Magnussen instead of D’Orsogna, who is a serial underperformer.

I would bet Chalmers could have final.

aswimfan

Australians are too hung up on the idea of fair dinkum, giving opportunity to swim for all these serial underperformers instead of thinking strategically to win races/medals.

Verram

If I was Dorosgna I’d pull out of indiividual 100 free and give the spot to Chalmers.. He owes Chalmers big time

aswimfan

All top three finishers, Russia, Brazil and Italy I think swam all their top four swimmers.

Meanwhile, Australia is either too ignorant or too proud to swim their top swimmer and chose to give a nice little swim to each of the swimmers on their roster, and does not seem to care if they won’t advance to final

It’s hilarious that Germany, GBR, Belgium (!!), China, Poland (!!!), Canada and Japan all finished ahead of both USA and AUS.

commonwombat

Chalmers performed exceptionally well and Abood was his usual solid self. I think they gave D’Orsogna the 2nd individual 100 swim; I bet those responsible are now kicking themselves …. but on today’s showings they may be nursing the most bruised hindquarters in world sport !!

Verram, Delaney only swam 49.4 at Trials and received a plane ticket to Kazan on the grounds that he finished 6th. Given he had 0 previous pedigree as a freestyler, he was always a debateable proposition.

The question may well be asked; DOES AUS pursue one of the four remaining relay berths by posting a time amongst the 4th fastest time over the qualification period of nations not already qualified. They SHOULD be able to do so but the question can be asked …. will they be competitive (ie capable of making finals) with Magnussen still an uncertain factor ?

Rafael

Aswimfan Brazil did not use cielo and lucca went 48 mid only. Cielo will swim on fratus place and DE Lucca has the skill to go 47 same for Santana. Chiereginni can lower his 48,6 to a 48 low.

Pierre AGOGUE

Neither Aus or USA would have been gold containder…. Russia alone ahead or battle with France!!! Dépends on Manaudou low or high 47 ? Gilot usually swim much faster in the evening (48″12 this morning…hope 47″5 at least tonight), And Stravius????
Less mistery to come with the Russian relay. But they will not swim for of them but thousends!

aswimfan

Commonwombat,

D’Orsogna is already on the 100 free starting list:
http://www.omegatiming.com/File/Download?id=00010F020000000100FFFFFFFFFFFF01

I don’t know if it’s possible to change.

For next year, I believe Australia will be competitive for 4×100 medal, with healthy Magnussen, McEvoy and improving Chalmers. That’s quite a 1-2-3

Rafael

Aswimfan unless they decide to put everyone to swim.Australia lack of depth to save people.

Verram

Is there a rule that they can’t change Dorosgna to Chalmers this late in the game?

I’m surprised that Delaney was even in the team, considering coutts was exactly in the same position and was not selected for relays…

If I was the coach I would have swum McEvoy, D’Orsogna Chalmers and Abood in heats in that order…

aswimfan

Rafael,
Why wouldn’t they swim all their top swimmers, tonight Russia, Italy, Japan, Poland, China all swam their top swimmers, while Brazil and France swam three of their four top swimmers.

Rafael

Us and Australia were probably prideful remembering the good old days where the rest of the world were bad!

aswimfan

Chalmers had the third fastest split this morning (behind Orsi 47.91 and Timmers 47.85).

I really really am curious to see his flat start time right now. I think he should be able to break WJR. Well, he still has plenty of time, one year and 6 months, to do it.

aswimfan

Rafael,

Agreed. a combination of pride and ignorance maybe.

commonwombat

You are quite correct, Rafael, that USA & AUS are paying the price for arrogance and complacency. AUS probably has less excuse because the “warning signs” have been quite clear for some time that there are some massive gaps in the program and the depth is generally quite shallow, especially on the men’s side.

This may seem callous of me, and some may attack me for trampling over people’s dreams but AUS Swmming and Olympic officials in general probably need to stop “puffing out their chests” and trying to send the largest team possible.

Rather they could take a leaf out of NZ’s book where they DON’T look to send full squads even in some of their very strong sports like rowing but only select those boats with reasonable likelihood of making finals.

The days of the big budgets for AUS sports are mostly past so perhaps they really need to re-calibrate their sights down to realistic targets and much leaner teams.

Rafael

Brazil was bronze Olympics with a 3:17 today that would not be top 12! Us and Australia need to forget these days!

Verram

I don’t think the time in Doha was needed… The Aussies should have just prepared at home and flown straight to Kazan, avoid the tourist mentality of some swimmers who only like to make the team as an overseas holiday

aswimfan

What I don’t understand is that the selectors chose to leave behind Alicia Coutts who is a proven big time performer and could have at least contributed greatly in the 4×100 free and 4×200 prelims, while picking up swimmers like Delaney.

It’s a good thing that the women 4×100 free has so much depth, otherwise Barratt’s 54.6 may not have cut it.

Verram

I wonder how they will swim the girls tonight in the 4×100 relay…

Personal Best

Well, to be fair, Australia did choose a team that was almost their best; 4 of their top 5 were in that race. It’s just that they weren’t that fast.
There is a serious lack of depth in the team. Magnussen’s absence has had a big impact on the team.

What I’d like to see, and this almost ties in with common’s argument; do not select proven non competitors but offer the chance to those with potential.
Horton would have benefited from a major international in years past. So close… not given a chance.
You’ve brought up Coutts… there are plenty of examples over the years.

commonwombat

To be fair, there was quite a deal of conjecture as to whether Coutts WOULD be continuing through to Rio so there was fair reasoning for her original non-selection. With the subsequent withdrawals, a case can be most certainly mounted for her addition to the team.

With regards to “tourists’, it’s not a recent phenomena but one that has plagued AUS swimming for decades. Can remember a number of “gunna be’s” who ended up washing out in the heats certainly going back to the 80’s, and some from the “stables” of some very high profile coaches.

Anon

Meh they didn’t pick coutts because they had elmslie who swam 53.5 at nationals. Plus the Aussie girls were still so far ahead that even if barrat swam a horrible time they would have still made it. That’s the difference between the australian women and the men – depth

Anon

Australia should have no problem taking out gold, but I wonder if they can actually take the world record. If coutts has to swim a big 100m butterfly to make the final, and Wright doesn’t get down to a mid 52 split like she has in the past (she usually swims much faster in the heats – 52.47 at comm games heats) then im not sure that they will…

aswimfan

So, In all world championships since 1973, either USA or Australia has always been on the podium of men 4×100 free. The same goes for men 4×100 medley.

Today is the sign of changing times.

Michael Karagiannis

It is disappointing for fans that both the USA and AUS failed to make the final but I’m not sure it’s the absolute disaster that most people have made it out to be. Everything that could go wrong did go wrong for both nations. I believe both will be on the medal podium in Rio.

At least now both McEvoy and Adrian will be fresh for the individual 100. It might even work to McEvoy’s advantage given he also has a very deep 200FS on his schedule.

aswimfan

Verram,

Thanks for the article. I just find it worrisome that Horton was ready with an excuse.

His excuse gave hints that he didn’t really train and prepare for fast prelims.That is very very amateurish. What’s the point of swimming 3:42 beforehand if you are only prepared to swim 3:47 in the championships that matters.
As for mckeon, yes it’s official he can’t swim in a major championships. It’s too bad.

Jacco Verhaeren is correct in saying that if the Australian men were swimming anywhere near their best, it should have been enough to go through to finals in both 400 free and 4×100. But obviously he never learned about recent past dismal sub-par performances by the aussies.
As I said here couple of days ago, if the Aussies swim their best, they’ll come home with plenty medals, unfortunately, most of them never did in a major lately. Verhaeren should have given them a threat something like this: buy your own flight ticket home if you swim below 0.5% of your best.

Verram

I think this is Verhaeren’s baptism of fire.. Last year was pretty cruisy in his first year as coach because the Aussies achieved relative success against some competition.. But now the people they beat at Comm Games are beating them at the world level, specifically James Guy and the Canadian men’s relay team

Personal Best

In regards to Horton, it’s not so black and white.
He was ranked at the top of the heap coming into this.
Mentally, having not competed at a World Champs before, he may have completely underestimated his competition, especially given his ranking.

That’s the mistake; I don’t think it’s not having trained that hard.

Swimming in Australia against relatively weak competition, and perhaps not racing enough globally won’t hone anyone’s race skills.

aswimfan

PB,

You may have a point about lack of racing for these aussies. Apart from BHP meet in early January, I don’t think the likes of Horton had any serious racing opportunities. Instead of those team events that they did a couple months ago, which is more like training than racing because they were swimming against their worlds teammates.

In previous years, they were going to Mare Nostrum, Sette Coli, Canada, Santa Clara. This year: zero.
This is something that the aussies coaches need to think about for the next year.

commonwombat

Whilst Verhaeren is speaking the plain unvarnished truth; what is Swimming Australia going to do to remedy this issue of serial non-performers continually making the team ?

Of course, there will be the usually hot air & platitudes from Sailor Boy but one doubts they’ll do diddly squat with regards to “calling time” on the serial tourists and re-examining selection policy. The ‘one-shot saloon” of Trials is no longer adequately serving the purpose.

Kinda like your “buy your plane ticket home” idea, ASW but not sure it’s a goer this time. However, handing their plane tickets home to D’Orsogna & Delaney may prove an educative example …… in the words of Voltaire “pour encourager les autres”.

commonwombat

Very pertinent points, PB & ASW re the lack of racing. WHY haven’t teams been sent to Mare Nostrum, Santa Clara ? The meets with Japan ARE a positive move but clearly not enough.

If swimmers & “enabling” coaches wish to complain about being removed from their comfortable little cocoons then the answers are self-evident with too many swimmers NOT being race sharp when it counts hence the resultant poor performances.

Personal Best

Ouch, Mel Wright not in the final of the relay.

IF the start list can be trusted that is.

Seebohm leading off against Franklin and Kromowidjojo, handing to McKeon before C2 takes on Sjostrom, and C1 heading home against Manuel and Heemskerk.

Big race.

Tony McKinnon

Australian coaches have stuffed up again you would think they would have learnt their lesson after the Medley Relay in Athens and the 4×200 in Barcelona. Obviously slow learners in this matter and in the management and development of the correct tapper and the peaking that correct tapper can produce.
Jacco not the miracle man he was touted to be, monumental errors on the first day and a continuation of the syndrome that has plagued Australia since Bejing – perform sensationally at our national and implode at the big meets. Massively disappointing start for Australia’s men with the exception of Jake Packard. Mandy Groves and Emma McKeon didn’t sharp either in the fly. Jesus Ashwood and women’s 4×100 performed as they should have given their pre meet form – so no real ups any where for Australia.

aswimfan

What???

Seebohm seems to be hitting her form fine, but her 100 free peak is 53.80 fastest, while Wright can split 52

Is this another blunder by the Aussie coaches?

Either that or the Aussies are too confident they can swim anyone in the lead off when they have mcKeon-C2-C1 following…

Or do the coaches know something about Seebohm and Wright that we don’t know?

commonwombat

ASW, Wright’s sub53 relay splits have been flying start and probably akin to 53mid block start. Unless NED or USA front load their line-up, a similar opening leg from Seebohm is unlikely to see major ground conceded; otherwise it should be around lead pace.

Personal Best

Seebohm’s peak is 53.93 from today, I think. She swam a PB today so she’s in fine form.

She was about even with Wright in the morning, so who knows. Weird decision?

So weird to see the men’s relay final without the US and Australia. I wonder if any team can get close to 3:10.

aswimfan

Yes, this morning Seebohm (53.93, RT.69) had fractionally faster swim (by only 0.02 seconds!!!! ) than Wright (53.51, RT.25), but surely the coaches remember that Wright regularly split sub 53 and flat-started 53 mid?
Not to mention that Wright always performed in relays and has much more sprint relay experience than Seebohm?

Is this another case of the aussie coaches being too focused on fair dinkum without thinking strategy and past swims?

Anon

I agree with aswimfan. If Wright is not swimming then it just proves that they have a grudge against her – like the time they dropped her from the 4x200m team even with a 1:57:10 and chose girls splitting 1:58 off fly starts. Wright is capable of splitting mid 52 and has been a critical part of the relay for a long time

Wez

Great swim from Sarah!!!!! 55

Ger

Sjostrom so far ahead of the rest. New WR and gliding in.

beachmouse

And a miraculous recovery from a potentially lethal heart condition from Sun, it seems.

Wez

James Guy had a superb race. The disappointment on his face evident as he glanced to his right, and then at the camera. A bitter pill to swallow.

aswimfan

Thorpe’s 3:40.08 survived another year of assault.
The longest standing men’s WR by far

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