Salnikov, Monster Of The Waves, Strikes Again

On this day 25 years ago as the swimming at the Seoul, Vladimir Valeryevich Salnikov celebrated a golden comeback that made him the only man ever to win the same Olympic swimming title eight years apart and, at 28, the oldest champion since 28-year-old Yoshiyuki Tsuruta (JPN) retained the 200m breaststroke crown in 1932

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On this day 25 years ago as the swimming at the Seoul, Vladimir Valeryevich Salnikov celebrated a golden comeback that made him the only man ever to win the same Olympic swimming title eight years apart and, at 28, the oldest champion since 28-year-old Yoshiyuki Tsuruta (JPN) retained the 200m breaststroke crown in 1932

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Lane Four

Thank you, Craig. :o)

Craig Lord

And thanks for all your comments. I’m glad people think it worthwhile doing these exercises πŸ™‚

Ben Jesse

Craig

A great read! I think I still have that race on VHS somewhere!

Question: Housman’s timing pad malfunction came at the Aussie Trials. He and Perkins went on to both go under 15mins in Auckland before the ’91 World Champs didn’t they?

Bill Bell

In the winter of 1978 Salnikov, several USSR teammates, and his coach Igor Koshkin came to Mission Viejo to train w/Brian Goodell, Jesse Vassallo & Co. at the Marguerite Rec Center pool for a couple of weeks.

I was lucky enough to see a several workouts and remember thinking how smooth and fluid Salnikov looked and thought to myself, “This guy’s going to be tough at home come Moscow in a couple of years.”

Then in January of ’80 came the Soviet invasion ofAfghanistan, Carter’s boycott edict several months later and that put paid to any “Showdown at the ole water hole” t
Between the duo, to use the favorite phrase of a certain long-departed former Tennessee coach. The only coach I might add to lead the Volunteers to an NCAA
Championship.

Goodell hung up his Spedo after completing his senior season at UCLA in the spring of’81, Salnikov stuck around another eight years after Moscow, put the disappointment of not going to LA in ’84 behind him and made history.

Would Goodell have won again at Moscow had U.S. gone?

Would the “home cooking” of Mother Russia given the Leningrad Locomotive the edge?

We’ll never know but I would have put down a few rubles on The King and his ace courtier,
the current coach at Golden West College.

(I know, Mr. Lord, my Yankee provincialism shows through once again!)

Craig Lord

Would Brian have won and made history as the first sub-15-minute man? Would the race have been all the better had the politics of stupidity not intervened? There was at least a good chance. Thanks to Jimmy Carter and some others with peanuts for linear brains, we’ll never know.

Pedro Arozamena

What a great and inspiring Seoul story. Are Salnikov split times for every 100 m available? I would appreciate it very much if someone could tell me where to find them.

Craig Lord

I have them, Pedro and will send them to you on an email when I get the chance (may not be today/tomorrow)… on a different mission right now πŸ™‚

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