Kazan Worlds 2015, Day 8 Heats: Much In Play But ‘Swimmer Of Meet’ Gone – Katie Ledecky

Katie Ledecky of the United States of America - swimmer of the championships - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Curtain-closer: The USA hangs on to the lead on gold count by a three, at 7 but has a wave of chances on a last day when six (seven 7) nations count count gold in their curtain-closing efforts. Much to play for but one thing is settled. The swimmer of the meet: no-one is going to surpass the 8:07 world record that put a rich layer of cream on a cake of five triumphs and three world records in seven days from Katie Ledecky (USA).

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Curtain-closer: The USA hangs on to the lead on gold count by a three, at 7 but has a wave of chances on a last day when six (seven 7) nations count count gold in their curtain-closing efforts. Much to play for but one thing is settled. The swimmer of the meet: no-one is going to surpass the 8:07 world record that put a rich layer of cream on a cake of five triumphs and three world records in seven days from Katie Ledecky (USA).

Comments

Personal Best

I think you’ve got a gold medal for RSA missing from the tally there.

This is going to be an interesting medal tally by the end of this meet.

Iain

Expected more from Tom Fraser-Holmes after his relay swim.

aswimfan

Yeah, Fraser-Holmes has always been fickle. But he’s not in the serial tourist category yet, this year he was alway below par in the domestic meet, unlike mckeon, Horton, dorsogna, hadler who were all so much better in domestic meet.

Personal Best

Good on Australia for swimming Chalmers in the heat of the medley. Hope it goes well for him/them.
And David Morgan… wonder who’ll get the finals berth.

The US have a strong heats team, swimming some of their best. No one is willing to take a chance.

Australia have a b-team in the women’s. Will be a good morning.

gheko

Nation Gold Silver Bronze TOT
USA 2 7 4 13
LEDECKY 5 0 0 5
AUS 6 2 4 12
GBR 5 1 3 9

aswimfan

Aussie women team has so much depth (well especially free) that they totally field their B team and even their fourth freestyler Wright in the medley relay team.

Also, who is David Morgan? Can’t remember what he swam.. the coaches have obviously lost their confidence in dorsogna (or hadler?)

aswimfan

This meet has been a disaster for Shiwen.

She should have just stayed home like many other injured swimmers.

Personal Best

David Morgan swam the 200 fly semis.
But we still don’t know who will swim the final leg… will be Hadler, I think.

Hosszu is taking the 400IM heat out fast!

aswimfan

Geezz…, HOsszu is under WR at 300m

aswimfan

Hosszu is really the queen of IM, and I hope she wins both events next year.

She (and Tusup!!!) should learn from Kazan: Why should you get tired swimming three rounds of 200 free/fly when you know your chances in winning in either event is very very slim

gheko

Cannot see Katinka getting beaten here, but why does she have to go all out in the heats???

aswimfan

For fearing sounding like a broken record,
I have to say that Kazan is the best world championships in a long time!

It’s not only the very fast swimming, the records, but also the parity, the drama, the surprises, and all the very tight battle.

aswimfan

Germany goes 3:32.9 in the first heat, clearly swam all out for fearing of fast heats later on

aswimfan

Larkin 52.37!!!

glad hes not fooling around! champion quality!

aswimfan

Australia 3:31.86! good Job!

That’s their fastest time since Barcelona

Personal Best

Chalmer’s split is 47.86.
Missed opportunities for this young man at this meet.

commonwombat

Fraser-Holmes, at best, is an internationally competitive 200 freestyler. He’s shown the capacity for 4.10 400IM at a number of international events but what precludes him from taking the next step is his unsurmountable weakness on backstroke. 2015 has been an off-year all round for him, thus him being “right out the back” here.

McMaster swam well last year but her breaststroke was the area that separated her from the very top. That continues to be the case. Wallace may have a nice personal story but is she an international class performer ?

M4XMED. Morgan gets the butterfly swim tonight …. end of story

aswimfan

Grevers this morning, it seems USA will field Murphy tonight?

aswimfan

Similarly for USA, Feigen has been given the red card.

aswimfan

The result not out yet.. somebody dqed?

aswimfan

USA will win this mens medley easy tonight.

Chalmers, again, has the second fastest free split, behind Czerniak 47.64 and even faster than Lochte who clearly swam out of his skin. Rarely seen Lochte that spent after a swim.

Australia might as well swim Morgan again tonight than you know who.

commonwombat

HUN & VEN were DQd. Pleasantly surprised by that AUS relay, at least they’ve qualified for Rio. As to whether they’ve got much more is questionable …. maybe a smidge quicker on anchor from McEvoy is the only possibility.

USA will need to break to lose. Rugby scrum for minors.

aswimfan

China is sending strong message with this w4x100med

Iceland is hanging with USA midway… too funny!!

aswimfan

Denmark is with all their fastest swimmers, Australia with their second and fourth fastest swimmers.

commonwombat

AUS putting in doubtful 2nd stringers on BRS & fly MAY come back to bite them on the arse. They can’t coast through; some of these teams are swimming fast in these heats.

aswimfan

Wilson over Nielsen again, repeating the individual, but both slower times.

Personal Best

Love how the commentators are saying that Tonks was the best performing breaststroker for Australia when she finished behind McKeown.

Sigh.

aswimfan

Tonks was able to hang with Pedersen.. wonder what their splits are

aswimfan

WOww.. Groves is reallllllyyyy off

aswimfan

Good thing AUssie has Wright.. but terrible Groves in this meet

Personal Best

Haha… Mel Wright split 52.87.

I knew she still had it in her. Would have been good in the free relay… just saying.

aswimfan

Russia is out of women relay.

For all the talk about USA’s disaster, the russians are the worst performers in this meet. They are the hosts, and their form throughout nationals and WUG showed they were going to have really good championships.

On relative basis, Singapore is the best performer and had the most improvement by far.
Sergio Lopez is doing a very good job!

aswimfan

PB,

I agree. As my comments on the matter showed, I questioned the choice of Seebohm over Wright in that final sprint relay.

as for USA, they have a dillemma whether going with Geer or Manuel, but I thinkit’s Manuel.
So Franklin – Hardy – Stewart – Manuel

commonwombat

PB, well she wasn’t swimming that well earlier in the meet. Her 4×100 heat wasn’t special & she was poor in the individual 200. She hasn’t really made the case that “you MUST select me” but rather given then them due reason not to.

USA should get faster on back & breaststroke but fly (56.86) is probably as good as it gets for them on fly & Geer (53.18) is probably swimming as well if not better than the great NCAA superstar & wonder of the world Manuel.

AUS final line-up should definitely be faster on back, fly & free; breaststroke debateable.

SWE were “as good as it gets”. DEN may lift on the front three legs but the anchor is dragging. Expect CHN to be faster.

Iain

Sjostrom and Hansson should improve for Sweden.

Wright did not earn her place in the 4x100m final – Seebohm was faster. Yes, she should have been in over McKeon, but they had no way of telling that before the final.
Why she wasn’t in the 4x200m I have no idea.

Commenter

Take out either Seebohm or Mckeon in the 4×100 and slot in that swim from Wright and you have a world record. Aussie coaches should be ashamed.

aswimfan

This has also been learning experience for Aussie coaches it seems šŸ™‚
Towards the end they are rectifying things, such as swimming Chalmers and Morgan in place of ahem.. certain swimmers

Syd Mcdowell

I don’t think you can criticise the selection of the Aussie w 400 for relay. There may have also been some thinking that an early gold for ES may have taken the pressure of a bit for her backstroke events, who knows. If you were going to criticise relay selection then why wright was not in w 200 for relay is very strange. Poor ashwood having to swim two hard 200’s the day before her distance event. There is obviously a reason that I guess only the team knows.

aswimfan

Having seen Chalmers’ two very mature swims, albeit in relays, I have early prediction that he will medal in Rio.

commonwombat

Commenter, the 4×100 was a week ago and the coaches/selectors did have a measuring stick on Wright’s performance AT THAT TIME; ergo a 53.57 flying start.

The 4×200 was curious, Wright’s individual 200 was far from stellar but the likes of Barratt & Neale were probably more questionable than Ashwood.

Will be VERY interesting to see how they go with regards to the breaststroke leg. Tonks will battle on gamely but is giving away a distinct “quality deficit”. McKeown’s performance through these Championships has got shakier as it’s progressed.

This is one open race and anyone thinking it’s just the old standard USA vs AUS is wearing blinkers. CHN looks very dangerous. DEN & SWE will be in it for a lot of the race.

Men’s race, however, much less interesting. USA only needs to turn up …… and not screw up.

W400IM – hard to look past Hosszu. Minors hard to pick. Men’s race looks very open.

commonwombat

In a relay or individual, ASW ?? These 47highs are relay splits remember; equating to 48mids flat start. Good but some way off likely medal country.

An individual berth for Rio ? Plausible; Magnussen may or may not return and McEvoy aside; there sure as hell doesn’t appear to be anyone else remotely capable. This lack of depth likely to torpedo any medal chances for the 4×100.

aswimfan

commonwombat,

either relay or individual, not brave enough to predict further than that šŸ™‚

commonwombat

Hopefully, he doesn’t think he’s “already got it made” like some others have …. and continues to progress. The door is certainly open for him with Magnussen only 50/50 proposition.

As for the 4×100; I think Kazan has starkly illustrated the lack of depth. You have McEvoy, Chalmers & Abood then nobody else you’d trust in the kid’s paddling pool. IF Magnussen returns, they are then potentially competitive but having to swim both heats & finals. No Magnussen … then they probably struggle for “back door” qualification for Rio.

Carmine Varacalli

Is Larkin time an OC record in the first lead off backstroke leg

Craig Lord

Yes, and Commonwealth, Carmine

Carmine Varacalli

Craig do you think he can go lower ?

commonwombat

Hadler gets a run in the 4XMED final ??? At least Morgan was competent this morning. I WAS actually hoping Hadler was no longer in Kazan but rather was keeping company with D’Orsogna, McKeonD & Barratt enroute to the Trans-Siberian Railway and hence a slow leaky boat from Vladivostok that hopefully does NOT dock in Australia until after next years Olympic Trials !!

USA keep Stewart on fly from the morning and sub in Franklin, Hardy & the great Simone Manuel ! Not sure the latter is a particular upgrade on Geer but that’s their business.

IF Franklin can drop at least 0.5sec on what she’s swam in Kazan; IF Hardy lifts; IF Stewart swims out of her skin; IF Seebohm swims 59+ rather than sub59; IF McKeown swims like she has in Kazan; IF McKeonE swim so so AND/OR AUS breaks then USA wins. Plausible but needing an awful lot to go their way. Also needing CHN to swim poorly !

Personal Best

Of course the coaches didn’t know how McKeon would swim in the final of the free relay, but surely they would have been aware of her form.

Anyway, that aside, because it doesn’t change anything, it’s still impressive what Wright has in her.

As for the relays, and other events too, I think one of the most impressive aspects is the success of the Europeans teams.

It makes the whole thing a lot more exciting. So many close calls throughout the meet.

aswimfan

I think CHINA is looking dangerous.
Fu Yuanhui can go 58+, Shi Jinglin can go sub 1:06, Lu Ying can split 56low and Shen duo may go 53flat

aswimfan

Lacourt wins, Grevers another silver, and Treffers surprisingly stole a medal!

I’m not surprised with Larkin and Treffers advances. they were very active swimming and racing in world cup series.

commonwombat

DO agree that they should both be highly entertaining races, PB. The Europeans very much in the hunt for the minor coin in the men’s relay.

It’s McKeown, rather than McKeonE, who’s my main issue for the AUS women but then again, they had no “good” choice to make.

aswimfan

Morozov ZERO medal from all his individual events.

commonwombat

Lacourt as expected in 50back. Treffers bronze, Larkin “tin”. Cudos to Treffers to bounce back after 100; anything in the 50 was going to be a bonus for Larkin.

aswimfan

I hope Hardy*, Efimova* take it leirurely and finish last

Ger

Picking Manuel makes no sense based on what she has done here. Geer deserved to keep her spot. Murphy could be a good choice or disastrous For US as was the case in mixed. GB goes with Guy on butterfly; interesting choice.

aswimfan

Woww.. Johansson!!!

at least efimova doesn’t win.

So sad for Ruta.

This is a good news for Sweden’s 4x100medley

Anon

I was hoping Larkin would continue to pb and swim 24.5 to sneak a silver but wasn’t to be. He’s had a great championships though, wonder what he’ll do in the relay against Murphy

aswimfan

Geer was a disaster in the 4×100 free final.
Manuel is USA fastest sprinter, greatest ever, some would say, so she gets to anchor

aswimfan

I hope this set back will motivate Ruta for the next year.
She’s happy for her friend Johannssen but sound very sad during the interview

Ger

On that basis aswimfan, why wasn’t Grevers selected? Thanks for clarifying issue with 800m record earlier btw.

aswimfan

Ruta is repeating Barcelona: progressively getting slower each round in 50

commonwombat

CHN IS extraordinarily dangerous in the W4XMED. They field 4 individual 100 finalists although they’re likely to be holding on for dear life on last leg.

SWE has Johannson & Sjostrom but their backstroke Coleman is only 1.00mid & they’re having to field their 3rd string freestyler on anchor. Sjostrom could have them in the picture at last change but ….

aswimfan

GBR is clearly having the best major ever, so the tough qualification didn’t negatively impact their performances after all

aswimfan

Seto defended his title!

Hagino who?

commonwombat

Yes & no, ASW.
They’ve had the successes where predicted with Peaty & M BRS.
SMOC was predicted to medal in 200IM & did so.
Guy was thought to be “thereabouts” for medals; expectations outperformed.
M4X200 was expected to be around the medals; they collected but 1-2 spots higher.
Miley may collect something tonight but that’s it.
Halsall 2015 not the Halsall of 2014.

Their stars have, by and large, delivered but the gaps in their program are still as evident as they were last year.

aswimfan

Bonte wins! as we all predicted the other day

Anon

C2 again with the win! Poor championships for c1 by her standards.

aswimfan

Cate will never win that 50 at worlds or olympics with that horrendous start.
2 years on, and I can’t believe I am still saying the same thing again šŸ™

Jacco, please …

Personal Best

Wow, Bronte is really surprising. Another PB, and she was so good in the last 10 metres. The top 8 were pretty close to each other.

Interestingly, Cate seemed to have a a good start, but her finish wasn’t great… her touch wasn’t great.

Good job too Kromowidjojo.

aswimfan

Anon, I am cutting C1 some slack. She missed who knows how much training due to surgery
She will be back next year

commonwombat

This top four are likely to be fighting it out again in Rio. Halsall COULD join them if she can regain her 2014 form.

aswimfan

I’m so surprised that Halsall is out of it, after she sacrificed 100 to focus on 50

Anon

The weird thing is her lead up times (22.24 untapered) suggested so much more!
http://www.swimvortex.com/theres-pain-in-them-there-waters-but-cate-campbell-dashes-to-a-24-22-irie-seto-solid/

Personal Best

Ah, Sun Yang is out of the 1500, lol… just cause these champs aren’t weird/interesting enough.

Ger

Wow… Sun Yang no show

Anon

22.22*
Also yang out of 1500m. Money on the Italian!

Ger

What about the reserve swimmer?

commonwombat

Where the hell is Sun Yang ??

Craig, did you “sic” the lads from Scotland Yard onto his case ??

Personal Best

It would be ‘nice’ if Cochrane won it. After all these years… it would be really nice.

Also, re: Yang… it must be something interesting/important/serious as no reserves were notified. That’s kind of not fair to them at all… but it depends on what the situation is.

aswimfan

Sun Yang a no show??????????????????

What the hell happened??

(of course Iā€™m thinking the worst already: he is either failing a test or avoiding a tes)

Anon

That’s really poor form. The 9th placed swimmer should have had a chance at the final. Classless drug cheat

aswimfan

Anon,

swimmers like Cate and Magnussen are such naturally great sprinters they can throw down crazy fast times anytime even when they are sick or in heavy training. This has been proven in the past few years.

aswimfan

The chinese officials answered “we dont know whats going on”

what the hell????

Personal Best

Apparently he didn’t feel well, according to commentators, according to FINA.

That’s why they have alternates… unless it really is serious.

aswimfan

If he withdrew, the chinese should have notified so that the reserve can swim..

This is either scandal or just a mere classless act

Anon

I know asf but she swam significantly slower tapered which disappoints me – her untapered time would have taken silver

aswimfan

Didn’t feel well thats bulls*****
He felt fine yesterday

Hackett swam Athens with half collapsed lung

aswimfan

Maybe microdosing accidentally turned into macrodosing..ensuring a withdrawal

aswimfan

I am watching eurosport, and earlier the commentator said the chinese officials claimed they didnt know

Personal Best

Wow, that was a crazy 1500.
Looked like an all out sprint for the last few hundred metres.

Cochrane with yet another minor medal.
Impressive times too.

aswimfan

I think Yang was just afraid to lose

What a loser

and I once thought he was the heir of Hackett and Thorpe

Anon

I agree with asf, if Hackett can win with a collapsed lung yang has no excuse!

aswimfan

Horton must be kicking his bottom all the way to Tasmania.

a 14:50 wins bronze……..

Anon

His fault – top 2 in 3 events and doesn’t even make the final in the Olympic evenys

Ger

Apparently it’s a heart problem. Not confirmed but that’s what BBC is saying.

beachmouse

The late no show when they thought they messed up their dosing and would have issues with the testers has been the pattern of many a drug cheat in high level athletics.

Classless to no show that late in the game and deny another athlete a swim.

aswimfan

Hosszu WR or no WR?

aswimfan

Overholt take it out hard

Ger

Roy, Sharron Davies is poolside and was talking with Chinese media. But there’s no confirmation and best to wait and see.

Anon

World record?

aswimfan

Shane Tusup !

Anon

Woah her freestyle leg was 6s slower than that WR!!

aswimfan

No WR…Shiwen’s last lap is just too much to overcome

aswimfan

I’ve never heard Emily Overholt before the Pan Ams… how many seconds has she hacked from previous best?

Anon

To be fair, she has lost more than 2s on the first freestyle lap so she never had a chance. Just went out too hard

beachmouse

Feel the need to give props to Maya DiRado, who has quietly and consistently improved since she made her first WCs team in 2013. Apparently she was a bit undecided if she was going to continue in the sport after she graduated from university, but instead she just keeps getting better and better.

For all the superstars the Americans get, swimmers like her are the true backbone of their teams.

Ger

Dirado and Overholt must have set big PB’s.

aswimfan

So apparently Yang was fit enough to swim in the warm pool earlier

commonwombat

Stories going around that he was involved in an altercation with a Brazilian swimmer. Obviously no confirmation. All very murky !

aswimfan

If Yang’s heart problem story is indeed true, I find it even more deplorable that the chinese force him to swim which risk him fatally.

aswimfan

I hope someone get to the very bottom of this

beachmouse

DiRado’s 2:08 in the 200 IM finals was a great time and also a PB for her but understandably got kind of lost in the Katinka show. One of those swimmers where you go ‘nice swim, where did she come from?’ and then you look at an old results sheet and discover she’d been quietly putting down good results for a while now.

beachmouse

Alas we’re talking FINA and they like the money they get from China-hosted meets too much to make Sun go pee in a cup before he leaves the arena.

Anon

What a championships for Larkin! 5 100m swims, all 52.50 or better!

Personal Best

Cam McEvoy 46.60?!
No way!

Anon

What a leg from mcevoy!!! If only we had a butterflier. 46.50!!!!! Is that the best textile split ever?

aswimfan

Cam mcEvoy 46.60!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

No thanks to Hadler!!!!!!!!!!!

aswimfan

Hadler lost Australia 1.5 seconds on Shields

Calling Commonwombat….

commonwombat

Anon, therein lies the story of this race. USA probably made a bum call with Murphy over Grevers. Guy swam a surprisingly good fly get for the Brits but their head coach is probably echoing Jaco’s cry “My kingdom for a butterflyer/100 freestyler !!”

Anon

Hadler single handedly lost it for australia – he was slower than the heat swimmer David Morgan by 0.15s – the exact time australia lost to USA by!

Ger

Murphy must have been so wound up in that Mixed because since then he can’t finish a race.

aswimfan

Packard’s RT 0.52 is also not funny.. too slow

aswimfan

Murphy had clear water with zero pressure in that relay.
Can’t compare.

Anon

Packard had a 0.52 changeover…. That’s awful off a fly start (considering Larkin had a 0.62 rt off a flat start)! needs more relay experience – something that swimming the mixed relay would have allowed

Anon

Not a great swim from seebohm – first but more than half a second off what she did in the indIvorian. China might take this!

aswimfan

Sjostrom’s 55.2

Anon

Jeez who would have thought the australian men were a touch away from winning and the australian women were the ones struggling

aswimfan

Whoaaa

China Sweden Aus!

Just we all said china would dangerous

Anon

C2 split 51.78!!! The only Aussie girl to perform in this final

aswimfan

GBR and JApan DQed

Anon

Emma mckeon is also becoming almost as bad as her brother! 57.59, that was the slowest butterfly leg of the race! Mckeown 107.39 was also the slowest breast stroke leg of the race. Considering she did 106.99 flat start that split was awful. All 3 girls combined to deny c2 another gold.
The women usually outperform the men but in their race, 3 guys performed and only 1 failed (and one we all expected), but the women did the reverse.

Personal Best

Now wait a minute… just because Hadler had the slowest fly split in the men’s relay, and McKeown and Mckeon the slowest splits in theirs does not mean that they under performed.

Oh, wait… nevermind.

Not fast at all by the middle two legs.
Campbell (either one really) clearly the strongest for Australia in the relays. Seebohm doesn’t usually swim as fast in the relay as her individual swims.

Bigger shock than Australian in 3rd is that China won, Sweden came second and the USA 4th!

Anon

USA tops the medal tally 8-7 over australia (5 for ledecky).
Not a bad meet for australia as all 7 were Olympic events whereas only 6 of USA’s were.
Commonwombat this shows exactly why australia should have swum the mixed relays!!! They won only 1 of the 6 regular relays but were favourites for both mixed relays. At the very least they should have raced the mixed freestyle relay – mcevoy chalmers Wright and seebohm would have easily beaten the Americans.
If they had won the mixed freestyle over the Americans they would have topped the medal tally – a goal that they had set for 2020.
With Americans unusually below their normal standards this meet I’m not sure they’ll get a better chance – skipping the mixed relays is thus against the goal they had set out to achieve

Anon

Personal best, Hadley went 52.07 flat start, hence his 51.91 fly start was under performing (even worse than the heat swimmer). Both mckeown and mckeon were faster in their individuals from flat starts! Definitely underperformed

aswimfan

No Australia or USA in the top 2 women 4×100 medley is the biggest shock!

This is the first time ever in ALL World Championships AND the Olympics that no Australia or USA is in the top 2

SHOCKING

aswimfan

Hadler + mcKeon Emma + McKeown = Do not perform under pressure.

Personal Best

Anon – I was being sarcastic… so I can deal with the it better, haha.
However, on the plus side, they are all fairly young.

I think this is Sweden’s first medal in this event at a Worlds or Olympics! That’s perhaps the biggest news. And a pleasant surprise.

aswimfan

Commonwombat, do you still have spare Trans Siberian tickets left for new passengers?

Or shall they hike trucks on silk road route via xinjiang and outer mongolia?

commonwombat

CHN winning was no shock at all. This was never going to be an AUS/USA shut-out. The Chinese were fielding four finallists from individual 100s; no other team could.

Johannson has swam well at this meet & there was always the likelihood of Sjostrom swimming the lights out… that they held on as well as they did WAS the surprise.

McKeown was always going to be problematic as her first swim was her best then she got progressively slower …. and more jittery. The normally reliable McKeon has been sound rather than excellent at this meet but was that her brother inhabiting her body out there … that was poor and the ground they lost on this leg was what cost them a higher finish no matter if Seebohm had swam a tad faster.

commonwombat

ASW, maybe camels along the Silk Road …. via Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan ….. and Mongolia !!

Anon

Katie ledecky a very well deserved female swimmer of the meet. 5 golds, multiple WR, the most dominant female performance in memory.

Sun yang on the other hand, after what happened tonight, a disgraceful choice! No stand out male swimmer this meet but I would say Mitch Larkin was the best. 2 individual golds in olympic events (and a very close silver in the relay), swimming 5 100m backstroke races – all 52.5 or better, and a very dominant 200m backstroke 1:53

commonwombat

Anon; looking at Olympic events it actually reads:

AUS 7g 3s 4b 14t
USA 6g 8s 4b 18t
CHN 3g1s 5b 9t
HUN 3g 2s 3b 8t
GBR 3g 1s 2b 6t
JAP 3g 1s 4t
FRA 2g 1s 1b 4t

Make of that what you will.

Anon

I already noted that australia won more golds in Olympic events. I’m just saying they had a golden opportunity to top the medal tally for the first time since 2001 and they didn’t take it because the head coach doesn’t like the event.

Also asf, dug through the archives at cate campbell swum an untapered 24.03 50m freestyle in January (and this was post surgery). So I don’t think we can blame her below-Normal performance this championships just on her shoulder surgery recovery. By her standards she has not swum well this meet, for some other reason

http://www.swimvortex.com/emma-mckeon-at-the-double-to-gets-super-series-hosts-off-to-flying-start-in-perth/

commonwombat

Would’ve been nice, perhaps, to do so but would topping the medal count gain you anything tangible ?? Maybe a smidge more prize-money for those 2 events from FINA ….. but hardly enough to pay 1 days upkeep in Kazan for a FINA bureaucrat, maybe not even lunch ?

It’s not going to get them extra $$ from the Sports Commission. Realistically it’s just empty bragging rights and they’re not likely to be facing up to the Yanks again until Rio where they’re likely to be a lot stronger in some events & Aussies currently on top will need to be just as good if not better than they’ve been here.

Some amazing performances from Larkin, Seebohm & C2. The W4X100 is probably the Gold that will be the one that looks easiest to defend in Rio of all that they won in Kazan.

Some major credit to the likes of Ashwood, Wilson, Throssell, Packard & Chalmers for stepping up in the big time. Others, and their coaches, have a lot to think about.

Anon

I just predict that it’ll prob be their last chance to “be the number 1 nation by 2020”. America won’t be this weak in Rio – many of their best swimmers were left behind in Texas due to the selection policy – phelps will return and likely win 100m/200m butterfly and make the 4x200m medley relay team unbeatable and Katie ledecky will be stronger than ever.

Whereas with australia, these 7 golds are basically the best we can hope for (if Campbells Larkin and seebohm perform at their best) – maybe mcevoy winning the 100m free is the only other potential gold.

commonwombat

Anon, re C1 & 50FS. If you cast your mind back, upstart little sister beat her at Trials (C2 24.19 – C1 24.33). Seems a case that C1 is probably back at 98-99% which is still very damned good but not quite back to last year or 2013.

C2, however, has now matured into a fully fledged international performer ….. and potentially as good as big sister particularly over 100. Big sister may have major problems putting her “back in her box” !!

commonwombat

Anon, Phelps will probably make them favourite for M100 & 200FLY & will strengthen their 4×200 & 4XMED but they do need some more new ‘cattle’ in both their 4×100 & 4×200.

Ledecky will be unbackable odds for 400 & 800 but 200 will remain an open race as she is by no means dominant. Franklin is likely to be better, esp in her pet 200 but, even at her best, she may struggle to beat Seebohm over 100.

For AUS, probably only the W4X100 is the only gold that has that “clear dominance” mark about it. The other golds and, in fact, almost all the other Olympic event medals look “solid”; ie they look to be likely medal contenders for next year but not sure of the colour. Potential exceptions being M4X200, Ashwood (W400) & W4XMED; all potential chances but not as certain as the others.

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