Champions Under Seige: Nathan Adrian Survives, But Daniel Gyurta A Casualty

Thumbs up (but only just), thumbs down. Olympic champion Nathan Adrian (USA) scraped through to the 100m free semis but there was no place for French challenger Jeremy Stravius - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Thumbs up (but only just), thumbs down. Olympic champion Nathan Adrian (USA) scraped through to the 100m free semis but there was no place for French challenger Jeremy Stravius - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Nathan Adrian begins defense of his Olympic crown in the 100 freestyle with Aussie Cameron McEvoy eager to take it away.

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Bad Anon

Adrian probably still basking in relay glory and resting on his laurels… He really cut it close… He’ll have to swim fast in semi1… A couple of cons against him; being in 1st semi and in an outside lane…. Hope he qualifies

aswimfan

I think Adrian thought he was going out fast enough, since he was next to Chalmers whose start is such pitiful.

No other sprinter wants to be near Chalmers in the last 10 meters, he’ll run down them all.

ITR

McEvoy looked really easy I think he can have this one. Fingers crossed. Chalmers second would bring happiness to Australians.

Ger

Phelps in the relay? After the butterfly final? That’s asking a lot. I think they will go with Haas, Conger, Lochte, Dwyer.

Ger

It seems Camille has changed her name to Natalie.

commonwombat

M100fr: Adrian certainly should be investing in a lottery ticket after dodging that bullet. The event is still far from cut n dried.

IS McEvoy really in 47low shape or merely 47mid-high ? If its the latter, then its very much still “game on”. Chalmers looks in amazing shape & if he backs it up with another sub48 in semis, he has to be seen as a major player …. but he cannot win if he blows the start. Dressell’s odds will have shortened immensely.

W200fly: What have I been saying all this time about Groves ?? Unless they can find a stunt double for tonight’s semis; she ain’t making the final even when the standard is as “meh” as it is. Hentke also less than stellar

M200BRS: Perhaps we shouldn’t be shocked about Chupkov given he was last year’s World Junior Champ. Will be interesting to see how/whether he backs it up tonight when the big boys come out to play.

M4X200: USA should have the local pizza delivery on speed dial as they should have time to have one delivered tonight before anyone else gets home. FRA = lamentable. GBR firming for 2nd money. Third looks a lottery but suspect it will be between RUS/JAP & GER.

Yes, AUS can bring in McEvoy but that will only aid them another 1 – 1.5sec on what they swam in heats; he’s no “magic bullet” that will somehow lift them onto the podium !

Barnabas Mandi

This 200 fly was a ridiculous idea from Katinka and Shane. They had known the schedule precisely. Zsuzsanna Jakabos had this race the only possibility to reach an individual final. And now nothing. It’s a big shame. At least the prelims were swum. Just for fair play. I hate this decision.

commonwombat

Ger, Natalie IS actually her first name; apparently she prefers to use her middle name (Camille). Obviously, her official entry would be under her “real name”.

aswimfan

Hosszu scratching 200 fly last minute is just poor sportsmanship.
I bet seeing SMOC smoking that 2:07 last night prompted this decision.

I don’t think Hungary swimming cam be angry with her. She’s their main supplier of golds.

aswimfan

Big question : will Bowman put Phelps in the relay to boost his gold medal collection?
I hope he put Lochte in the final. He deserves it.

For Australia, is this the lineup :
TFH – Horton – mckeon – mcEvoy?
Maybe enough for bronze.

Groves didn’t look too good. Her strokes shortened in the last 50, she was clearly fading and not easing up.

aswimfan

As for gyurta, I already said it as early as early last year that he won’t defend his Olympics title. So I’m not shocked, albeit slightly surprised that he doesn’t even final. He was clearly already fading last year.

aswimfan

In London, by the fourth day France had already won three gold medals. Lamentable indeed.

Ger

Ah ok CW, thanks.

Ger

Bowman said in a recent press conference that no favours will be given; the best 4 for the job will swim the relay. I would be disappointed if Phelps was given the nod over anythe other 4; they have earned their places and it should not affect their performance. Phelps has not put down a worthy time in the 200 this year and after giving it everything in the butterfly it doesn’t make sense.
All the coaches decide the line up as a panel.

Craig Lord

Think its the other way round, if anything, Ger … Natalie was always there in the name and many meets used that not Cammile even though that’s her name and the one she uses.

Barnabas Mandi

Asf, not the scracth, but the idea of the 200 fly was a bad decision. I’m not the Hungarian swimming. I’m just an ordinary Hungarian. And I’m have the possibity to hate this. Yes, You are right.She will win 4 individul Golds. Today with WR. But I’m really sorry for Jakakos.

Craig Lord

I would imagine, Barnabas, that Zsuzsanna’s bigger worry is understanding how someone she used to compete level with and beat on a regular basis growing up in the sport and for many years can now be so far away in a distant galaxy from her, every stroke, every distance, come rain or shine. Maybe Jakabos just didn’t put the effort in, like Miley and Belmonte and the rest of the lazy folk. Sorry to sound cynical but I know some of those women are thinking just that and saying so in private. They are genuinely bewildered – and not at all lazy, of course.

Barnabas Mandi

Craig, nearly off topic, can we speak about Katinak and Shane after Rio?

Barnabas Mandi

Katinka…

commonwombat

ASF, according to the AUS TV blatherers, McKeon WON’T be called on for this relay after his 200 individual outing. Granted Smith & Hansford were very ordinary but would The FlightCentre Kid be any improvement ? Given his track record, one cannot answer that in the affirmative with any level of confidence.

Ger

You’re right Craig. These swimmers work their butts off; most of them for no reward medal wire. This ‘iron’ nonsense riles me; it’s disrectful to the other athletes. How someone could deny a place to a team mate? Apathy, superiority complex…….

longstroke

Earlier I suggested that if the USA had an average day in the 4X200FS and an Australian team of Fraser-Holmes – McEvoy – Horton – Chalmers all fired there was an outside chance of a huge upset. I think the USA will go with Dwyer – Haas – Conger – Lochte and now I don’t see any prospect of them being beaten by Australia or anyone else. A 1.46.4 split from Fraser-Holmes is just not good enough. He is destined to never perform on the big stage. I thought Horton’s 1.46.3 split was somewhat underwhelming. For someone who can swim the 400FS in 3.41.55 he should have at least a 1.45 split in him. Still, they will be in the final tonight along with McEvoy and hopefully Chalmers. The way Chalmers brings home the 100 suggests he’s destined to be a great 200 freestyler and I think he has swum a low 1.47 even though he has yet to treat the event seriously.

longstroke

Duncan Scott would surely have to be the performer of the morning session. A 48.01 British record in the 100 and a 1.45.05 split in the relay. Did anyone see those results coming?

Craig Lord

Sure, BM

Robbos

CW, I ask you this question, if McEvoy is only in 47 mid shape, who can meet him there?

Adrian, relay good, but got to ask about that heat swim. Was it just a bad swim.
Ning, ummmmm.
Morozov, not really showing that much so far.
Duncan Scott, I think as his peak
Dressel, based on relay swim & today’s heat at his premium.
Chalmers, great relay, switch off once he got to Dressel today.

After the 4X100 relay, I thought it was between McEvoy, Adrian, Starvius & Chalmers, with Ning ???.
Starvius now out.
Still huge??? on Ning, he came 6th in heats.
Now down to 3.

Rafael

Robbos, Nakamura was 47,99 on the free relay and is now out, Gabrich who was medallist was out, Stravius out, Chiereghinni who was 48,12 on free relay almost out.. let´s see who step up tonight and if some morning times from the youngster will be repeated

commonwombat

Rob, some of those you listed ARE already out of the equation. Some are looking doubtful.

However, that does NOT change the fact that if he’s at 47.7; he may have the likes of Dressell & Chalmers on his case. Point 0.2 is one helluva lot closer than 0.5 – 0.7.

Tonight’s semis should answer at least some of these questions or at least some clearer indications.

– Was Adrian’s heat swim just a case of trying to be “too cute by half” and taking it too easy ?

– can/will Dressell/Chalmers replicate their heat swims …. or will Chalmers succumb to the “night malaise” that appears to have overcome so many team mates ?

– just where is McEvoy “at” here in Rio ?

DutchinUSA

Also already out: Japan’s Nakamura, who had swum 47.99 starting in relay.

Robbos

CW & Rafael, lets hope for some Aussie good news tonight in the 100. We really need it after last 2 nights.

commonwombat

Any medal will be a surprise. One can hope that McKeon at least “holds it together” in the 200. There is little doubting she has the talent to be a legitimate contender, infinitely more so than her brother. The issue is whether she can hold her nerve under pressure.

M4X200 would need a couple of DQs.

I really hope Chalmers WILL back up his heat swim. McEvoy; hopefully we get some answers.

Barnabas Mandi

Thanks, Craig

Tony McKinnon

Just checked the start list for the 4×200 final later tonight and Cam McEvoy is not swimming!!!!!!!
What is going on inside the Australian swimming camp ???
Has the management gone made?
Does any one know the official or better still the real reason not any speculation?
They are simply sacrificing any chance of a medal. This is simple madness.
Cameron has proven he can handle the programme. This simple self implosion.

Robbos

Yeah, absolutely crazy!!! but I suppose as CW says, the heat swims shows that Australia is off the pace & even with McEvoy was not going to improve!!!!
Think the Aussies are imploding & just saving their better chances.

Ger

I am surprised that Phelps is anchoring and Conger is out. A bit unfair, I think. We’ll see.

commonwombat

If this truly is the case, then they’ve decided to “triage” that relay. Tough but ultimately defensible; McEvoy realistically was NOT going to get them onto the podium unless 1-2 faster teams broke.

I think that the W4X200 has already been “triaged” to a degree as Elmslie was not nominated to swim it. No matter what McKeon or Barratt may produce; you’re then falling away to 1.58s. If they run young Cook, she MAY produce a 1.57 low but then you’re still having to call on either Groves or Neale for the remaining spot ….. not an appetising prospect.

Seems my call of a 4 from 6 strike rate from relays may prove over optimistic

aswimfan

So happy for Emma mcKeon.

Just like Bronte Barratt in London, she saved her best swim for 200 free final where it matters most.

As I’d expected, Pellegrini doesn’t swim faster than her Seven Hills swim.
She’s still the greatest female 200 freestyler though.

But now,

Katie Ledecky is the Greatest Female Freestyler ever.

Ger

Ledecky just amazing.

aswimfan

Phelps!

I’m speechless.

Pure greatness.

THE Greatest Swimmer of All Time.

aswimfan

I’ve lost counts how many golds and total medals Phelps has won.

I’m sure Craig and John will write about it 🙂

Robbos

Lecdecky is the greatest female freestyle ever, this from a huge Shane Gould fan.
McKeon, well done.

Robbos

Phelps!!!! When he sat on the ropes & wriggled his fingers, I was bowing to greatness!!!

beachmouse

There was this little look that Sarah and Katie exchanged as they were hugging like ‘same time, next year?’ They both love to race, and this event is the intersection where the real competition for each is.

Ger

I expected a faster butterfly. Phelps amazing. Le Clos and Cheh out of it

Robbos

Groves wins 200 fly semi, we have found our 3rd 200 free swimmer, with Cook the 4th.

aswimfan

Cseh shouldn’t have fully tapered for the Olympics.

He wasn’t tapered during European Championships and swam 1:52.

Groves 2:05.6

The SPW/Bohl squad is starting to fire up today (mcKeon, Groves).

Barnabas Mandi

Cseh lost everything mentally, not physically. Just as David Verraszto. I feel extremely sorry for them.

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