Olympic Champs Ruta & Ranomi Lead Speed Test At 7 Hills As Rio Looms On Horizon

Rita Meilutyte and Ben Proud, winners in what coach Jon Rudd describes as "arguably the greatest swimming theatre in the world" - the Foro Italico, where Anita Lonsbrough won 200m breaststroke gold for Britain in 1960 and Gemma Spofforth world 100m backstroke gold for Britain in 2009

Plymouth Leander teammates Ruta Meilutyte and Ben Proud picked up a win apiece in the opening session sof finals at the Sette Colli International in Rome this evening, as Gabriele Detti and Coralie Balmy produced impressive wins over 400m freestyle and Ranomi Kromowidjojo dominated the dash on freestyle.

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If you want to have longevity in elite swimming career, swim 50 free.
That’s lesson learned from Dara, Therese, Anthony and George.


Detti is the dark horse to upset both Yang and Horton and win 400 free in Rio.
Guy is not going to medal in 400 free is my prediction.


Detti is doing great. 3 times in the last 3 months between 3’43″9 and 3’44″2, and never fully tapered. But in my opinion in Rio he can’t go faster than 3’42 mid/high, and with this time I doubt he can grab the gold medal. A bronze medal is more like it.


I think people are falling into the trap of expecting every race to necessarily be fast. We cannot know that; we won’t know until the first couple of sessions whether the conditions will be conducive to doing so.

More often than not, it can all revolve around who has their act most together on that given day. Aside from the Americans, those who may have set the OMG time at their national meet will have had to go through a whole new preparation and there’s no way of knowing for certain they’ve got it right until they hit the water in earnest.


Yeah, 3:42 would not win gold.

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