Mehdy Metella, Camille Lacourt Treat Home Fans As Chartres World Cup Opens

Camille Lacourt, world crown retained, thrills French fans - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Victories from Frenchmen Mehdy Metella and Camille Lacourt highlighted the first day of action at the Chartres stop on the World Cup tour.

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Victories from Frenchmen Mehdy Metella and Camille Lacourt highlighted the first day of action at the Chartres stop on the World Cup tour.

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DDias

Another chinese wonder?Li Binjgie 8:30.09 at 13?!

Did anyone noticed Seebohn last 50 in 200back?30.11!!!

felix

Which means she turned in 1:38 so it means nothing.

Craig Lord

DDias: 13 not unusual for speed among ranks of Chinese developers, as we know; Seebohm – the swim was relatively slow, so not that suprising.

DDias

All of you are a bit spoiled with Franklin beastly WR in 200back.Not much time ago a 2:06 was a GREAT time.2:08 is not so bad.
For me, Seebohm is still trying to find her correct pace in 200back.She came strong even in Worlds(Ok, not a 30low, but still…)

Craig,
but 8:30.0 at 13?Is there some other swimmer with this kind of speed at that same age?

Craig Lord

DDias, yes fast times out front do ‘spoil’ the perception of what is super speedy/’fast’/’normal’ 🙂

Yes, 13, very young: China has 17 sub-8:30 teenagers on its record, all but 3 of those were 13-16 years old when they swam that fast, the swiftest 13-year-old (list includes 3 at 14) in her 14th year is an 8:26 after 8:32.44 at 12 in her 13th year … and that swimmer to date has never gone faster; she turns 16 this year.

Wez

Will be interesting to see the 100 Fly from Chad, considering the performance in the 200, and the 50 time quicker than WC yesterday.

The standard of competition has really been poor, with the 200 and 400 medley for men not even fielding 8 and the 200 back for men having only 8 swimmers…

I still think that this LC nonsense for the first 3 WC is unnecessary… by all means add LC to them, but after World Champs, give them a break…

I have always loved watching the USA, with their SC heats and LC finals, its always interesting… perhaps we should have something like that?

Craig Lord

Yes, Wez, the whole thing needs rethinking… to follow a wold champs with two full world champs program l/c in 2 days each meet within a week reminds me of what Nick Thierry used to say: athlete abuse.
The pro circuit needs to think outside the box and away from full-on, traditional championships program.

aswimfan

I think swimming would do well to learn what has worked in Athletics’ diamond league series and apply where its applicable.

aswimfan

Daniel Smith’s 1:46 has not surprised me.
He has worked really hard and must have learnt valuable lessons during his hard year not to waste talent and do away with sense of entitlement.

aswimfan

More than a week later and I still can’t believe w200 IM WR was broken, something which I did not think I would see for the rest of my life.

Wez

Has anyone else noticed Zsuzsu Jakabos creeping back into the picture ever so nicely.

He times are steadily turning her into the swimmer she was hyped up to be. I hope we see the continual growth from her.

aswimfan

Ddias,

Xu Danlu was still 13 you when she swam thos 4:05 and 8:22 in 2012.

Impressive, eh?

Craig Lord

aswimfan, I have her birthday as before 2nd week December, which would make her 14 at the time. There is a discrepancy in 3 places on that birthday… where are you looking?

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