Mitch Larkin Crowned High-5 King Of World 200 Back in 2015 As He Tops Irie’s All-Comers

Mitchell Larkin - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Rio calling: Mitch Larkin’s latest long-course 200 back effort took down the Australian all-comers record of another champion of consistent speed over 200m backstroke, Ryosuke Irie, of Japan, on 1:54.02 at the start of the last Olympic year, in 2012 on his way to Olympic silver in 1:53.78, a touch slower than Larkin in December 2015 and Tyler Clary’s winning 1:53.41 at London 2012 for USA gold, the bronze to the defending champion on that occasion, Ryan Lochte, in 1:53.94. Larkin now has best 5 efforts of 2015; Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson on 2:07s in women’s 200m back, Wilson’s a career high

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Rio calling: Mitch Larkin’s latest long-course 200 back effort took down the Australian all-comers record of another champion of consistent speed over 200m backstroke, Ryosuke Irie, of Japan, on 1:54.02 at the start of the last Olympic year, in 2012 on his way to Olympic silver in 1:53.78, a touch slower than Larkin in December 2015 and Tyler Clary’s winning 1:53.41 at London 2012 for USA gold, the bronze to the defending champion on that occasion, Ryan Lochte, in 1:53.94. Larkin now has best 5 efforts of 2015; Emily Seebohm and Madison Wilson on 2:07s in women’s 200m back, Wilson’s a career high

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commonwombat

Barring the M & W 50FS which will be held tomorrow, tonight basically brings an end to the major competition at these Qld titles. What can we take from them ?

The “usual suspects” (or at least fitting that tag on 2015 form) have been their usual selves. C1, Seebohm and Larkin have pulled out performances that have been consistent with their positions at the top of the international pile in their respective events.

Swimmers who had “break out” years internationally (Wilson, Ashwood & Packard) have swam times at the start of the AUS LCM season that point towards this momentum being carried forward. Likewise with McEvoy.

Some positive signs from two swimmers (McKeonE & McKeown) who had disappointing Kazan campaigns and from Bohl in the female breast-stroke ranks.

Whilst QLD is often looked on as the engine-room of AUS swimming, the fields have been variable in quality varying from up to a handful of international standard in some events to events where the likes of Larkin are 9sec ahead of the next finisher.

Whilst there is the potential for the odd good performance coming out of the WA titles starting on Thursday; realistically the next major event with regards to quality and standard of fields will be the Victorian titles starting 11Jan.

Verram

Let’s see if David Morgan can step in 2016 to fill the gaping hole (sinkhole) in the means butterfly events

commonwombat

Verram, I would have to agree that he currently looks the best hope. Hadler & D’Orsogna have been given more than ample opportunities and have proven themselves categorically inadequate and Wright’s international form-line is not one that inspires major confidence either.

Up till now, the 200 has been Morgan’s stronger suit and his heat swim in Kazan was impressive. He fell apart in the semi but his heat swim in the medley relay was considerably better than Hadler’s in the final.

He will require PB’s of 0.5sec and 0.75sec to make the AUS QT in the 100 & 200 respectively and Irvine has a better 200 PB but Morgan did look the more impressive in Kazan & he is starting the season with some degree of promise.

Verram

Grant Irvine is another to be added to the litany of “tourists” in men’s butterfly events… I’m sure there are a few others for some reason in men’s butterfly?!! One of our former strengths in men’s events

commonwombat

To be fair to Irvine; I don’t feel he qualifies for tourist class just yet. He has at least made S/F at LC Worlds twice; his 2014 CG were competent and his times, whilst not always matching his Trials efforts have at least been somewhere within range.

My usual “rule of thumb” for “tourists” is to give them say 3 years in the national team and if they’re still exhibiting “tourist symptoms”, the diagnosis can be said to confirmed.

At this point, Irvine certainly hasn’t matched the serial ineptitude of Hadler, D’Orsogna & McKeonD. Someone who IS teetering on the brink of “tourist class” is Groves who has had 2 very poor years internationally following stellar domestic seasons.

Robbos

Mina Atherton just swam 59.37 in the 100 metres backstroke to break Emily Seebhom’s 15 years old record. Makes her 7th in the world ranking this year, ahead of Franklin.

commonwombat

Very interesting !! Whilst Wilson should certainly still be the clear favourite for the 2nd individual spot in this event, Atherton is certainly making it clear that she intends being part of the show at Trials. Indeed, she’s quite unfortunate in that if she were almost any other nationality; she would be either a certain Rio selection or highly favoured.

24.12 from C1 in W50FS, McKeonE at 24.99 the only other sub 25sec although C2 & Wright were non starters this morning. Curious how “blasé” we are becoming at the likes of C1, Seebohm, Larkin & Hosszu almost nonchalantly producing international medal class times at whatever meet they attend.

Little to report from final “Open” event, M50FS, with McEvoy 22.33 half a second ahead of the field. Chalmers at 23.10 5th. The AUS QT of 22.02 is not necessarily be a “pushover” as none of AUS premier 100 freestylers are as adept over one lap.

gheko

I read somewhere that Eamon Sullivan is back for the 50m free, maybe he can get the others to take this event seriously, he will probably qualify for Rio in one of our weakest events.

commonwombat

Haven’t heard that, Gheko. Given that his shoulders were essentially “shot”, one has to be very sceptical of this being viable let alone true.

Unless he’s “silently” advised ASDA of a return back in March at the latest, it’s far too late given the requirement of 12months notice of re-entering the out of competition drug testing regime before one can compete again.

Whilst he would, notionally, strengthen AUS in that event; his “shot” shoulders effectively preclude him from anything longer ie assisting the very shallow talent pool for the M4X100.

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