Salnikov Cup: Sjostrom, Lobintsev Braces; Speedy VD Burgh

Sarah Sjostrom [Photo: Patrick B. Kraemer]

Off the back of European s/c titles in Herning last week, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Nikita Lobintsev (RUS) took a brace of wins each and Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) blasted a world-season-No3 victory in the breaststroke dash ahead of Christian Sprenger (AUS) on the first day of the 7th Salnikov Cup in St Petersburg in Russia

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Off the back of European s/c titles in Herning last week, Sarah Sjostrom (SWE) and Nikita Lobintsev (RUS) took a brace of wins each and Cameron Van Der Burgh (RSA) blasted a world-season-No3 victory in the breaststroke dash ahead of Christian Sprenger (AUS) on the first day of the 7th Salnikov Cup in St Petersburg in Russia

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SwimFanFinland

There is a webcast of the meet available on Russian sports website:

http://www.sportbox.ru

aswimfan

Some great swimmers have the bad luck of reaching their absolute peak between the Olympics, and I hope Sjoestroem will not be one of those. She’s too talented to not win an olympics gold (or medal). I hope she keeps building up and win 100 fly in Rio (and medal in 100 free).

A current swimmer that comes to my mind is Katinka Hosszu who has won everything but an Olympics medal, although her career is not over of course, and no prize for guessing she will throw everything to win medal in 2016 Rio.

The Russian men sprint is getting stronger and stronger and their female counterparts are now improving rapidly (16 yo Rozaliya Nasretdinova swam 24.18). I hope it’s all clean.

SwimFanFinland

Sjöström was sick for a long time just before the Olympics. It ruined her preparations for London. She was very close to quit her career due to that huge disappointment. Eventually, she managed to find her interest in swimming back, and I’m glad she did.

She was actually more badly prepared for Barcelona than she was for the Olympics a year earlier. That’s why her wins in Barcelona came as a slight surprise for her. Today she seems to enjoy swimming again and Rio has been declared to be her big next goal. She wants what belongs to her and it’s the Olympic gold.

SwimFanFinland

And yes, the same lack of Olympic medal surely bothers Hosszu. I think she might need to give her body a little bit rest before building a next huge training cycle for Rio. Her immense schedule and the amount of swimming in full speed may take its toll.

See, I’m being skeptical again about her doings. Similarly, I didn’t believe that it may be useful to compete so much as she did in the last season, but she proved me completely wrong and eventually claimed victories in Barcelona.

aswimfan

SwimFanFinland thanks for the info about Sjoestrom. yes I had heard she had some health/injury problem in the lead up to London, but did not think it was that serious.

In my opinion, the Americans have mastered the art of peaking at the Olympics. Relatively to other countries, their swimmers more often than not peaked during at the olympics year.

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