Nice Chance For Camille Muffat To Do The Double

Camille Muffat [Photo - courtesy Olympic Nice/P.Irtelli]

The 15th FINA World Championships get underway on July 28. Eight days of blistering battle in Barcelona loom large. It may be post-Olympic year but the season form guide suggests that we’re in for a thriller. Over eight days, SwimVortex.com is rolling out previews for the 40 pool events. We started with the sprint freestyle events for men and women. Today, we take a look at middle-distance freestyle

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The 15th FINA World Championships get underway on July 28. Eight days of blistering battle in Barcelona loom large. It may be post-Olympic year but the season form guide suggests that we’re in for a thriller. Over eight days, SwimVortex.com is rolling out previews for the 40 pool events. We started with the sprint freestyle events for men and women. Today, we take a look at middle-distance freestyle

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SwimFanFinland

When it comes to Women’s 200m I’ve thought it along the lines mentioned above ever since Missy’s performance at the US Trials. Statistically the favourite is probably Muffat but my feeling says that Missy may fill Allison’s boots and Muffat will have to settle for silver again. There may be even an appreciable gap between them.

As for 400m I believe and hope that Muffat’s incredibly beautiful and smooth freestyle starts to play a role in and she will take what belongs to her. I’ve mixed feelings about Barratt as she posted a quite humble time in 400m at the Australian Time Trials. She’s got quite balanced and nice-looking technique as well so I hope she manages to apply it successfully in Women’s 400m free.

aswimfan

Barratt has always had great technique, in fact, most of Bohl’s swimmers do (Tae Hwan, Rice, etc), but I think Barrat lacks physical talent to be really great, so although Barratt would always be consistently good (1:55-1:56, 4:03-4:04), she’s prone to miss on medaling if the field is very fast.

I think Palmer has greater talent although she is more inconsistent.

Judging by her 1:56 and 8:14, Ledecky should already be swimming at least 4:02 or even 4:00 and it might happen in Barcelona where 400 is her first event.

SwimFanFinland

Okay, that clarifies where Barratt’s stroke comes from. Tae Hwan’s freestyle is so pleasant to the eyes.

I know there is a real danger that Muffat has to settle for two silvers if Ledecky is capable of delivering below 4:01. If Ledecky does beat Muffat in 400m, then I feel compelled to hope that Muffat defeats Franklin in 200m as the beauty of swimming, that is Muffat’s freestyle, must be awarded at least one gold. 🙂

Jaki

Muffat has always had difficulties to manage pressure…
In London she also arrived with very fast and consistant times in both of these events, but she was unable to reproduce these times in Olympic finals. Even on the 400 free, Shmitt wasn’t so far…

Even if I really want to see her winning in at least one event, I am really affraid that the american spirit of Franklin and Ledecky will break Muffat’s dreams…

Furthermore, Franklin is 18, Ledecky is 16, when Muffat is 24… I will bet on the progress of the young americans!

Craig Lord

mmm… sort of 🙂 I think Olympic gold and Olympic silver suggest she handles pressure fairly well. Not long to wait and see …

Jack

Jaki

Muffat is 24 but Ledecky and Franklin have probably been swimming Freestyle as long as her. Muffat only started to transfer to freestyle (from IM) in 2010. By 2011 she was swimming 4.03 – by 2012 4.01 – So the progress might not be as important as you think. Franklin is a very big girl already and can improve on her turns, but it is not rare for females to develop early and Franklin is a build that suggests she may have done so.

We’ll see – I just think Muffat has too much in the 200m. Franklin can either go out hard or come home hard, I wouldn’t be surprised if Muffat went 27.0-29.0-29.0-29.0. Fabrice Pellerin drilled rhythm into his swimmers, You’ll see Muffat never flies home, but her second and third 50s are both very fast, sustained speed. – Franklin cannot live with that sustained speed in my opinion. On paper shouldn’t be able to live with a girl who can go 53.5, 4.01.1 and 8.23… Ledecky vs Muffat over 400m is the real intriguing battle for me.

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