Kazan 2015 Worlds, Day 6 Heats: Laszlo Cseh 1st Sub-51 Since ‘The Alien’ At London 2012

Laszlo Cseh of Hungary - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Kazan 2015, Day 6 heats: M 50 free with Florent Manaudou; W 50 ‘fly with Sarah Sjostrom and defender Jeanette Ottesen;
M 100 ‘fly with defender Chad Le Clos; W 200 back with defender Missy Franklin (USA); the men’s 4x200m free; and then Katie Ledecky, 800 free heats to the sound of sculptors chiselling a new plinth in the pantheon

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Kazan 2015, Day 6 heats: M 50 free with Florent Manaudou; W 50 ‘fly with Sarah Sjostrom and defender Jeanette Ottesen;
M 100 ‘fly with defender Chad Le Clos; W 200 back with defender Missy Franklin (USA); the men’s 4x200m free; and then Katie Ledecky, 800 free heats to the sound of sculptors chiselling a new plinth in the pantheon

Comments

Wez

Don’t think Adrian is going to get too much better than that. Commentators said that he shut it down in the last few meters, I thought it looked rather solid.

No effort from manaudou, 21.3/21/2 is on

Ger

Did you see the girl, Tareq, in heat 1 of the 50 ‘fly? She’s tiny. According to the start list, she was born in 2005?

aswimfan

Is there any minimum age restriction in swimming for international competition like there’s for diving or gymnastics?

Wez

Look across le Clos is having a real hard time at this meet.

Latzi is looking phenomenal – 50.9 in the heats

Craig Lord

Ger – in the copy, yes, born 2005, daft.

Craig Lord

Diving 14, swimming no… but there used to be, Franzi prevented from racing at Perth 1991 because she was 13

aswimfan

Cseh is totally winning this.

The question is: how close do we think he will get to Crocker’s venerable 50.40?

Remember that Cseh’s 50 is now faster than Crocker’s textile 50 PB, and let’s not mention the 200.

Wez

I am with you on that one aswimfan!

Hosszu looked great i think she will be good enough to medal.

Missy looking strong to 150… so hopefully she can keep her title…

aswimfan

Franklin sent a nice little message to Hosszu:
“this is MY event… go play in your own IM”

Wez

Jan Switkowski is going to be a future star of the 200 free & 200 fly.

He led the relay off in 1:47.17, and was only out 53.12.

aswimfan

If China had good breaststroker, they’d have good chance to win m4x100 medley

aswimfan

Hands up those who predict Ledecky will break WR in the prelims?

1,2,3,4,5,6,7…
Ok I count that as all of you!

aswimfan

Hackett leads.
If Australia through to final, and he swims tonight and Australia medaled, it will make him the longest between first and latest worldsmedals (1998 – 2015)

commonwombat

W5OFLY: Who’s coming second & third, end of story ?

M100FLY: Barnburner from Cseh but otherwise most others just did what was necessary. Oh Rapture, oh Joy …. career individual highlights from Jayden Hadler & the great Tommaso who (just) managed to qualify for semis. Don’t worry, they’ll swim the same times or slower tonight !

W200BK: Hosszu & Franklin very easy. Seeobohm cruised. Wilson probably sitting in the stands kicking herself watching a far inferior swimmer (Baker) look completely out of their depth.

commonwombat

Well, at least the AUS males have qualified one relay team for Rio. One and half rousing cheers !

Sadly, that heat win is probably as good as it’s going to get. They COULD sub in McEvoy & the wallowing whale that is McKeonD for the final but will that be an enhancement ?

McKeonD = enuff sed; McEvoy’s record in this relay – tres ordinary. The great Hackett return ….. well folks, he’s certainly no Messiah.

Two mild positives were Smith’s leg & the first competent swim of 2015 from Fraser-Holmes.

aswimfan

AUS is finally able to get to final.

Daniel Smith delivered the fastest split of all 1:46.02
He was very talented as an age grouper but wasted most of his teenage life, thank goodness he was able to sort out his life.

This is what I think the AUS line up tonight:
McEvoy – Daniel Smith – TFH – McKeon

The final looks the most open 4×200 ever,
And FRA missed out.. LOL. from defending olympics and worlds medalists to 12th.

Craig Lord

Emily Seebohm said the same, aswimfan, she just whispered 🙂

Verram

My pick for the Aussie line up is McEvoy, Horton, Smith and Fraser Holmes to anchor

Wez

Dan Smith was great. Really starting to live up to the child prodigy status he set so many years ago. I am proud of him, he has had it tough.

Horton I feel would be a better choice over David, and TFH and Cam would round it up.

Dan Wallace was good as well this am. The Brits surely looking to contend for the podium. They have James guy coming in surely.

Wez

Aussie Aussie Aussie ……

Personal Best

Well, McKeon has done well in relays past; the past two years show this.

However the selectors seem to be pretty cut throat with the relay line ups.

Bring on the finals… and a more appropriate time slot!

commonwombat

McKeon was OK but not stellar in his 2014 relay outings; he was however part of the 2013 debacle.

Whilst Horton may be a preferable addition to others, he’s hardly likely to be a game-changer.

AUS is still likely to be well off the pace of USA & GBR. Most realistic “optismistic” scenario is that of winning the rugby scrum for Bronze.

aswimfan

yes, maybe it’s cam mcevoy that should fired from 4×200 job.

He swam unforgivable 1:48 at BOTH pan pacs and commonwealth last year.

aswimfan

Seriously, if all aussie 200 freestylers swim their best, gold is theirs. no question.
But we know that hell is not frozen yet, so……

commonwombat

Whilst I have been unstinting in my sarcasm towards the serial tourists on the AUS team who have performed to their characteristic levels of ineptitude in Kazan; one should always pay due credit to those who “break out” of this trait.

Jess Ashwood has done so …. and more in Kazan. Chapeau to you … Jess.

Bad Anon

Coventry looked awful in the 200back heats, hope in 12months she’ll make finals at least. Hope Hosszu will offer her tips on how to swim fast all year!

commonwombat

Bad, she was battling to make finals in London which was her FOURTH Olympics. She’s nudging 32. I think this explains it !

aswimfan

commonwombat,

I agree on Jess Ashwood on graduating from serial tourist status.
She is finally getting coached right with Vincent Raleigh, after years coached by her grandmother and stint with sprint specialist coach Brant Best,

Ashwood already set 3 PBs so far.
Larkin and Wilson, two backstrokers coached by Michael Bohl are also doing alright, swimming PBs as well.

Meanwhile, Delaney, mcKeonD, D’Orsogna are cementing their serial tourists status.
The jury is out on Hadler. We’ll see how he goes tonight.

aswimfan

It seems Ledecky is getting tired more from swimming multiple 200 than from multiple 400-1,500.

aswimfan

If Friis does not medal in 800, she’d have regressed far under Bowman coaching.
She should have stayed in Europe and getting coached by Lucas or all the way to Australia to train under Cotterell, both are great distance coaches.

commonwombat

Aswim; add Bronte Barratt (hasn’t swam well since London) to the list of those who’s careers SHOULD, but unfortunately won’t, be “guillotined” after this meet.

First senior meet for Leah Neale but looking to have a serious “quality deficit”. Worrying signs with Groves (2nd year of international “no shows”).

“Last chance saloon” tonight for D’Orsogna & Hadler.

aswimfan

commonwombat,

Barratt gets a pass. She won individual olympics bronze. She swam well in Beijing and London 4×200.

commonwombat

Aswim, just how long do you extend the charity. Yes, she swam well in Beijing & London (with some variable years in between) but her last performance was 3 years ago.

She was poor in Barcelona in both individual & relay. Adequate rather than fast at both 2014 CG & PP. Awful here.

Is Swimming Australia running a superannuation scheme where if you get selected for X amount of international events; you’re then eligible for a “pay-out” irrespective of performance ?

Eugene

Cseh’s last 3 strokes where A M A Z I N G. Both in 100 and 200 fly. While everyone shortens their distance per stroke at the end of the race and desperately try to compensate it by increasing tempo, this dude does exactly opposite. Huge and powerful strokes without taking a breath! What a great swimmer.

craig watson

Czech has been around a long time.

Eugene

BTW, if you take a look at today’s 50 free results you’ll notice that 2 swimmers who placed 17th-18th and are marked as “Reserves” for the semi-finals, swam precisely equal times of 22,48. I wonder what’s gonna happen if somebody scratches from evening’s swim? Who ‘s gonna take his place? Swim-off right before the semi-final would be nonsense of course.

Wez

Daria K Ustinova, a world youth record and a star over her name too. Its a shame that she is so young and has that to bear on what looks like may be a good career.

Ger

4×200 line ups:
Aus: McEvoy, McKeon, Smith, TFH
US: Lochte, Dwyer, Malone, Weiss.
GB: Wallace, Renwick, Jarvis, Guy

aswimfan

US and Australia are front loaded. Russia (Izotov) and Poland (Switkoski) also choose to put their fastest swimmer to lead off.

GBR (Guy), Germany (Biedermann), Belgium (Timmers) and NED (Verschuren) are putting their fastest swimmers to anchor.

aswimfan

AAaannddd…it begins!
I’ve just drunk two cups of coffee so I won’t fall asleep again.
I feel sorry for those who live in Australia’s east coast (queensland and NSW)

2 aussies, 2 dutch, 2 americans, a swede and a chinese.
This final is just filled to the brim with stunning talent. Deepest and fastest ever!

aswimfan

Still irks me when commentator cannot pronounce kromowidjojo right

the good thing about 100 free is that it’s too short to have a nervy swim

aswimfan

bronte fastest out

aswimfan

BRONTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
WOWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW

aswimfan

Sjostrom does not look too happy AT ALLLLL

aswimfan

Sjostrom got out of the pool so fast without congratulating the sisters

Wez

Dayum that was good

Anon

Woaaaah who would have thought – I guess that 51.7 relay split was a warning
I’m disappointed about cate though – not sure if it’s just recovering from shoulder surgery but she can swim so much faster

Ger

I wonder if that 200 took the edge off sjostrom. Brilliant from Bronte C.

Wez

A sub 54 final was not to be tonight

aswimfan

Sarah must now be kicking herself in the behind for sacrificing 200 for 100.

As I have kept saying since a few weeks ago, Sarah should not drop 200 and I kept saying it was a big mistake.

Wez

My money is on Larkin

Personal Best

Haha, so I guess Bronte could win it… for whomever asked ‘what if’.

The reactions were interesting for sure…

aswimfan

Bronte’s swim was fearless.

That’s how you win 100. Cate did not look as her usual good.

My take on this race is that swimming between the two sisters whose first 50 are unmatched has forced her to go out faster than usual. Her second 50 is only 27. Yesterday she split 26

And that’s WHY swimming among the elites is DIFFERENT than swimming against those who are 2 seconds slower for instance.

aswimfan

Irie goes out fastest.. a bit unusual

aswimfan

LARKIINN!!!!

Incredible!!!!

Anon

Great swim from Larkin!!!! He smashed those underwater turns!

aswimfan

Irie paid for his very fast first 100.

Clearly irie had to do it because he was out in lane 7 and had no idea about the pace in the middle lanes

Wez

Great last turn from Larkin. Aussies winning the first two events.

aswimfan

Who would in a million years have thought that Larkin is a double world champion while irie is still searching his first major gold?

Wez

Defending OG Champ not looking so hot….

Anon

I am so impressed by Larkin – he is the model of what a swimmer should be doing – improving with every year, constantly swimming PBs. He was swimming 1:58 in 2012 and 1:55 last year, now 1:53

Personal Best

Man, Missy Franklin has a tough job tonight backing up so quickly!

Isn’t the mixed free relay tomorrow as well. She’s got a busy schedule if she swims the relay too.

aswimfan

And the much-hyped Ryan Murphy who has been already crowned as the King of Backstroke iow has to postpone and re-schedule his ruling years to a later date.

aswimfan

Franklin is in the water again after just a few minutes… this girl clearly loves swimming

aswimfan

Apparently Michael Bohl kept reminding Larkin every week about what happened in Barcelona to motivate Larkin.

In 2008, Bohl mentioned Katie Hoff every time Stephanie Rice wanted to have ice cream

aswimfan

Larkin’s time 1:53.58 is fastest since Clary’s 1:53.41 in London

And as I said earlier today, Clary looks rough and watch out for Rylov
http://www.swimvortex.com/m200-back-semis-australian-mitchell-larkin-looking-to-reel-in-some-more-gold/

but I was wrong about Irie.
However, Irie swam a bit unusual. He went out too fast as I think he had to do it because he was not in a middle lane. Common practice. Like Heemskerk in 200 free final or Lochte in 200 free semi.

aswimfan

Seebohm posted a PB 2:06.56, her old one was 2:06.69 from Aussie trials.

Suddenly it’s a 3 way race in the final. but I think Missy will take it.

Anon

I think it’ll be hosszu Franklin seebohm

aswimfan

Sarah looked extermely pissed at the finish, didn’t congratulate the sisters, and got out of the pool pretty fast.

Good thing she’s now all smiles again after medal ceremony, and joyful with the sisters.

It does seem Sarah invested too much in the 100 free, clearly she wanted to be the greatest sprinter, and even sacrificed 200 free.
And now in Rio she will have the two sisters to deal with instead of only Cate.

Kim Simonsen

Watched Larkin being interviewed on Eurosport yesterday – seems like a very sympathetic guy 🙂

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