Ruta Meilutyte & Kosuke Hagino In Club Of The Dominant As Mare Nostrum Concludes

Ruta Meilutyte , time to reflect - photo by La Presse, for Arena
Ruta Meilutyte , time to reflect - photo by La Presse, for Arena

Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) delivered a 1:06.00 victory over 100m breaststroke as day 2 of action in Barcelona brought the Mare Nostrum Tour to a close this afternoon. Another in the club of the dominant was Kosuke Hagino, on 4:11 in the 400m medley

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aswimfan

Impressive swims from Hosszu:
2:08 in 200 back
53.9 in 100 free
2:10 in 200 IM

all within one hour? and she still has 400 free. I just can’t.

aswimfan

So Katinka is a human after all. She has just swum 4:23 in 400 free. Most likely a warm down after those three swims just minutes earlier.

aswimfan

oops I misread the results. It’s Sjostrom who swam that 53.9 in 100 free. Phewww

Bad Anon

Hosszu’s range is truly remarkable and not quite matched by most elite athletes. Her ability to swim fast all year round is a phenomenon that remains a mystery to some of us; taking into account her “advanced” age among other things……

Barnabas Mandi

aswimfan,
as Daniela wrote on the other site: “Sometimes also the iron muscles get tired.”

Bad Anon,
“advanced” age also means experience 🙂

aswimfan

Barnabas,
Alicia Coutts, who is only one year more advance at 28 yo, would be very happy to hear that! 🙂
Sadly for Coutts, advance = decline…

Barnabas Mandi

Let’s look at the boys over 30 how many gold medals they’ll take home. I won’t be surprised even one with a WR.

Craig Lord

And ‘experience’ has been beaten on many occasions in Olympic waters by 14 to 17 years olds, as we all know, Barnabas 🙂

Craig Lord

And that’s the same for the vast majority, asf: not that you can’t be an elite performer later in a career but there can be no question that the overwhelming picture in swimming is one in which the older the swimmer gets the less able they are to perform at career-best level.

Craig Lord

We shall soon see how the next wave feels about that, Barnabas 🙂

Barnabas Mandi

That’s for sure Craig,

e.g. Krisztina Egerszegi. Let’s remember Seoul, how many “great experiences” were standing next to her on that podium 🙂

Craig Lord

Or not so great experience, for the girls concerned… health problems galore for many of the GDR women, Barnabas.

Barnabas Mandi

And in Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria etc., much more than enough countries from the communist regime 🙁

Craig Lord

Indeed, Barnabas, Russia and many others, too – the difference is that the GDR was systematic, across the board, written down and very effective if winning is what you wanted… and the stories of the outcome for the girls and their health have been heard in criminal court cases and well documented. In other words – there is no doubt and there is a very clear example of the damage and destruction of doping.

Barnabas Mandi

Craig, I’ve never wanted to hurt anybody but I can’t imagine when somebody’s looking at the family photos and at the same time in the mirror too, really believed that the drastic changes happened just because of training, healthy meals, fresh air, vitamins etc. Unfortunately I’ve to say that nearly all of the population was involved somehow in that or other types of awfullness.

Craig Lord

Not quite, Barnabas. Some of the swimmers were hardly ever home. They attended sports school and the added muscles at 14-15 was simply put down to ‘heavy training’. I know this story very well – and I know not to blame parents and others never informed and living in very specific circumstances when the likes of Dr Lothar Kipke and others are there to be blamed and prosecuted and rightly so. The only downsides of court action were the leniency of the sentences in the criminal trials and the deadline for hearing all cases, allowing some to escape being called to account (particularly those who went to work overseas – some big names in the mix). There is a very significant difference between ‘planning the crime’ (even when being informed by doctors and others that there were high risks to health) and ‘suspecting something is going on but being in no position to do much, if anything, about it’.

Barnabas Mandi

I know, I’ve read your short biography. I thought for all the countries inside the Iron Curtain not exclusively on GDR. I’m sure that it’s not always the correct English term I use but my Spanish is much worse 🙂
Can I ask what you heard about Zhou Ming is back on deck in Belek?

Craig Lord

I know that Zhou Ming is connected with one of those who was in Belek with the China squad. That’s is all I can say at this juncture, Barnabas, expect that if you write in your bad Spanish I’d probably have a better chance of understanding it that your good Hungarian

Barnabas Mandi

OK, thanks. And Craig, do you have any official information about the British m4x100 free relay?

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