LEN & Myrtha: Whatever The Stats Show There is ‘No Circulation Problem In Herning’

Russian breaststroke ace Yuliya Efimova [Photo: Patrick B Kraemer]

Following protests from several nations at the European s/c Championships that ended in Herning, Denmark, this evening, the European Swimming League backed Myrtha Pools, the permanent and temporary facility maker, to say there was “no evidence the results of the swimming events were affected by any water circulation”

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Following protests from several nations at the European s/c Championships that ended in Herning, Denmark, this evening, the European Swimming League backed Myrtha Pools, the permanent and temporary facility maker, to say there was “no evidence the results of the swimming events were affected by any water circulation”

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coachdaggi

Every coach on pooldeck who took times for 25s on lane 0 and 9 in the first two days can and will tell a different story. I took the same swimmer with the same frequency for 25 breast on both lanes within 2 minutes, and there was a difference of 1.4s. We took 50s on lane 0, and ALL swimmers had good first 25s slow 2nd 25s. Way more than usual, and we train them to even-split those 50s, what they usually do.
For fun I took 25 splits during the slow heats of the 800 free on lane 9, and there was a consistent difference of 0.8s between uneven and even 25s throughout the whole race. Same for the men’s 400 IM heats.
All this can be verified through the competition analysis done by most nations. This is proof enough that there has to have been a current at least on the outer lanes during the first 3 sessions of the meet. And this clearly has to affect results. With a current present, you always go slower in a 50 than without (we are talking short course here and a steady current, long course the same applies for a 100), and it for sure makes a different if you go the first 25 with the current and the last 25 against it or the other way around. I do not care what other tests may have shown, times are proof enough.
And the term ‘random rare comments’ is an affront to all coaches concerned, there was an official written complaint by the German Swimming Federation, signed by many many other national coaches / federations. Nothing random here or rare. The federations invest a lot of money and manpower in competition analysis, and all of this is void and nil if there are changing conditions from competition to competition and from lane to lane.
As far as I know there has been a new filter system in place in Barcelona and Herning. That could be a reason for those indisputable pool problems. Myrtha should be given the possibility to conduct testing in the actual setup, which would mean that the pool cannot be build in the last second… this all costs money, and that is probably where the problem lies.
From other comments from LEN and FINA bureau members it can be deduced that they only care for the show and not for the core of the sport, the easy comparability and objectivity of results. (one small example is the amount of short course relay ‘world records’ set in Herning… what normal spectator can understand that an european record is several seconds faster than the world record, and that every race produces a world record…

Craig Lord

Thanks for those important observations. Clearly, something is happening … if not circulation, then something else, but something not nothing… such stats cannot be a coincidence.

aswimfan

wow.. this nightmare from Barcelona seems to continue..

coachdaggi

After the third session things seemed to be better… I heard they put smaller the pump of the warmup-pool on the filtration system of the competition pool and they cleaned out some of the water inlets….
So there definitely was something going on, as changes have been made.

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