M100Fr: Luca Dotto 48.25 Keeps At Bay The Dutchman Who Denied Italy Freestyle Sweep

Luca Dotto of Italy celebrates his two-lap victory - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Italians having watched its 1500m and 400m champions, respectively Gregorio Paltrinieri and Gabriel Detti, battle to another 1-2 over 800m, they went a little wild on the cheering and flag waving when Luca Dotto made sure that the 200m was the only freestyle crown among men they didn’t win here at the London Aquatics Centre. Dotto clocked 48.25 for the 100m crown ahead of Sebastian Verschueren, the Dutchman who made sure Italy did not win all freestyle crowns, the bronze to France’s Clement Mignon

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kevin roose

McEvoy still standing tall with that incredible swim of 47.02 and it will be interesting what time he posts in Japan given he is back in heavy workload ……
All eyes now on Nathan Adrian and the rest of the Americans not only on 100 free individual aspirations but 4 x 100 free relay as well…..


realistically speaking nobody should get even close to McEvoy. I just don’t see it. Who has the fastest time after him who will race in Rio? Adrian with a 47.5 I guess which he hasn’t been able to swim close to.


Ning Zetao, who beat mcEvoy in Kazan and has been 47.6-7 in the past two years, will also race in Rio.

I think getting beaten by Zetao last year actually turned out to be blessing in disguise for Cam. I like about his positive attitude and very pleasant personality -just watched his reaction after getting beaten by Zetao- even though he knew he was beaten by a cheat.

Here’s what I picture as ideal condition for AUS m4x100 free in Rio:
Magnussen (who will be eager to make statement that he is far from over. I can see a sub 48) – Roberts/Abood (will try to maintain their mix in the lead. a sub 48 is very possible) – Chalmers (fearless youngster. a 47 low or even sub 47 is not out of question) – McEvoy (anyone dare to predict how fast he’ll go? 46mid is a conservative guess).

I know that France and USA have been declared as favorites by many, but I think Australia will give them a run (or swim) for their money.

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