Sarah Sjostrom Leads Dress Rehearsal For 200m Free Sizzler With Ledecky & Pellegrini

Sarah Sjostrom by Patrick B. Kraemer
Sarah Sjostrom by Patrick B. Kraemer

Rio 2016 Olympic Games – semis: the dress rehearsal – Sarah Sjostrom, Katie Ledecky and Federica Pellegrini – the stage is set for a fabulous showdown in the 200m freestyle

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aswimfan

Le Clos Oh My God. Rarely seen anything like it LOL.. I mean, there have been many suicidal pace, but to hold on to it like a mad man for silver is something else!

aswimfan

It’s really sad to see Missy Franklin finished 8th in a semi.
Really sad.

Bad Anon

Sjostrom just made Ledecky look human…. The medals will be between Sjostrom, Ledecky and Pellegrini, not necessarily in that order…. Franklin looked awful 🙁

Bad Anon

Le Clos swam with such spirit he nearly had it; Guy locked out in 4th…. Tough Olympics!

aswimfan

James Guy was really lucky last year that he was in peak shape and his main competitors were either absent or not in good shape.

aswimfan

Wow.. Hosszu!

She’s going to come home with at least 4 individual golds!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

aswimfan

I’m sorry, but this strongly reminds me of 1996 Atlanta all over again.

aswimfan

So, CW’s report about coaches’ fear of Seebohm-Larkin relationship and news report about Seebohm not training as hard this year has been realized.

Bad Anon

I said so… Hosszu is the favourite in every race she’s swimming in Rio! Poor Seebohm.. Poor Aussies… 7th and 8th (Wilson last)… Nielsen locked out but 0.04… Tight final. Spofforth WR lives another day… Aussie medley for women looks very weak!

Bad Anon

Horrible day for Australia. Larkin locked out… Murphy!!!!!!!!

aswimfan

This is indeed a horrible day for Australia. Larkin’s loss is not that surprising, I pegged Murphy to win, but to totally missed out on a medal?

I expected Seebohm to win. and to totally missed out on a medal?

And both of them missed out on a medal?
Shocking.

aswimfan

Maybe Stephanie Rice was right in breaking off her relationships with Eamon Sullivan before Beijing.

aswimfan

I love Le Clos on the podium… I have even always said he has the talent to break Phelps’ WR..but not a fan of his goggles on the neck.
I know that it’s his branding.. still not a fan.

Bad Anon

here comes women 100breast… Lilly King MUST win… Battle of clean sport vs doping cheats… Reminds me of Bolt vs Gatlin at worlds last year… Bolt won it for clean sport, King, Meili, anyone please beat Efimova…. It’s really important!!!!!!!!

aswimfan

Loving ALL THE LOUD JEERS AND BOOS for Efimova.
And CHEERS for King!

aswimfan

YEEESSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

DOPER DEFEATED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bad Anon

King wins it for clean sport!!!!!!!!
Meili in second; and yes Craig Lord, Ruta will get her bronze when clean sport prevails over doping…..

aswimfan

Hosszu can very possibly eclipse Gould:

Most successful female swimmer at an Olympics.

On another note, Hungarian’s anthem is beautiful.

Lynchy

Wheels have fallen off for Australia. Unless C1 & C2 can win a few medals. We will be lucky to beat our 2012 tally of ten.

aswimfan

Suddenly, Australia goes from slight favorite status in women’s 4×100 medley to uncertain status in minor medal, a combination of:
1. The collapse of its breaststrokers and backstrokers.
2. The rise of Canadian swimmers.
3. The steadiness of Chinese swimmers.

There’s a real possibility they could miss out on 4×100 medley medal, which was unthinkable just a few days ago.

aswimfan

Let me repeat, Hosszu can win FIVE INDIVIDUAL gold medals.

She must be both the most talented female swimmer ever + hardest worker ever.

aswimfan

Let me repeat, Hosszu can win FIVE INDIVIDUAL gold medals.

She must be both the most talented female swimmer ever + hardest worker ever + mentally toughest ever.

commonwombat

Not out of the question, ASF. I was scoffed at when I suggested that relay would go to whatever country had the momentum of the meet but that’s the way the meet is playing out.

It’s certainly looking like the entire Bohl/SPW contingent is decidedly off going on performances so far.

– Larkin MAY rescue something in the 200 but going on his showings, the operative term is rescue.
– McKeon has been shaky.
– Barratt competent but nothing more.
– Wilson below par.
– Bohl jr … ahem.

As regards the showings so far; why is that the overwhelming majority of the world’s top liners have been able to bring their A game ….. and 90% of the Australians haven’t ? Some searching questions ahead for some prominent “names” AND their coaches …. or maybe more accurately “enablers”.

aswimfan

Maybe Australia should just move their trials closer to the Olympics.

It always seem in every Olympics that several Aussie top swimmers just rested on their no.1 ranking laurels after fast trials. Moving the trials closer to the Olympics will keep them on the edge.

Robbos

ASF, I think Australia should employ Hosszu & her husband/coach to show them how hard work really does work. I am not sure what has happened.
CW has been right all along!!!!

Relying on Campbell sisters, McEvoy, Horton to rescue us, forget about any relays!!!!

commonwombat

There is most certainly a compelling case for doing so but the mechanics are quite as simple as you may think.

Such a move would also necessitate a necessary adjustment to the AUS domestic competition season which currently runs through summer into early autumn (Qld in Dec to Nationals end Mar/early Apr).

This is probably going to throw things a bit out of whack for the first year but a little short term pain for longer term gains. How this may impact commercial relationships is unknown but may there may be problems re scheduling conflicts re TV coverage as Trials will now be right in the middle of football season.

Then again, TV may end up being “jack” of swimming after this Olympics & no longer express interest.

Robbos

Seebohm was swimming sub 59s in her sleep last year, she really bombed out. Larkin’s case it was Murphy who just swam better, maybe Lakin bombed out on a medal.
Hoping Larkin can recover in 200. Seebohm no chance in 200.

commonwombat

Rob, Larkin was technical “immaculate” in Kazan & this clearly carried through to his World Cup outings.

At Trials, he was messy and its carried through here. The entire Bohl stable has been, shall we say, “less than exemplary” so far at this meet.

I’m not going to gloat; it’s not pleasant viewing for me either. The thing is that I’ve witnessed the really tough years, and seen all too many “built up too high” by a “cheerleading” media and all too few actually deliver in full.

Even in the years of plenty (Syd-Beijing); the strike rates were well below 50%. In essence, I’m far less the prophet of doom but rather the diligent student of history !

INTHEFASTLANE SV

As per usual Aussie men are a big disappointment. Larkin could turn things around in 200 back. world record holder and fastest seed.

INTHEFASTLANE SV

SV still waiting for you to change my username to just plain INTHEFASTLANE

Robbos

Hopefully it’s only the Bohl stable & this doesn’t affect Horton, McEvoy, Campbell sisters, Chalmers in their quests.
I know this stuffs the relays but hey, life!!!!

aswimfan

Inthefastlane,
I think Craig misunderstood your request because you said :
Change my username to Inthefastlane sv

You shouldn’t have written sv.. I was confused myself

aswimfan

I agree… Every single Bohl’s swimmers have misfired. Wrong preparation?

But Larkin was technically not tidy.
Mckeon and Barratt should hope that they will do their best in the 4×2 relay.

Craig Lord

can do but not right now… busy 🙂

Eugene Chc

aswimfan, I wrote that Missy can not train with stanford coach, but last month i think she trained with Greg Meehan. He changed her stroke to classic, that it is not suitable. She just sinks in water.

aswimfan

Eugene,
It seems Missy drifted towards the Stanford swimmers during the training camp. I wouldn’t be surprised if she trains in Palo Alto after Olympics.

Eugene Chc

aswimfan, many stanford swimmers have problems with free stroke. classis stroke not for Missy she needs straight arm stroke.

Eugene Chc

Such amount coaching mistakes is unacceptable for best swimming nation.

commonwombat

ASF, what about the rest of the W4X200 ? Even if McKeon & Barratt are good or better; its all for naught if the other two are north of 1.58.

I sure as hell don’t trust Groves and even less so Leah the lamentable ! I’d actually draft in young Cook for one leg; her 400 performances were rare bright signs. Dunno if Elmslie has done the work for 200 but she couldn’t be worse than the two above so she’d probably be in my final 4

Bronze medal ?? Possible but far from a safe bet. It will need all four to be south of 1.58 and at least 2 1.56 splits. If one of McKeon/Barratt can deliver a sub 1.56 then that will be a bonus but they cannot afford 1.58s

Robbos

I’m more confident of a strong M4x200, McEvoy, TFH, Horton, Smith or Mckeon looks good for a silver.

Lynchy

You have been totally spot on CW. I’m totally frustrated with the number of important swimming meets where we have a number of our swimmers that are well off their best.
Something has to change like when we hold our trials. We may have changed the culture but we need a few more swimmers to step up to the mark.

Ger

I think Franklin is sadly a liability on the U.S. 4×2 team unless she can post a strong leg in the heats.

aswimfan

Even if Missy misfires, USA is a lock for 4×200, it’s only the WR that is going to be harder.

With Ledecky at 1:54, both Smith and Schmitt at 1:56, they are 100% for gold even if MIssy swims 1:57

Robbos

It was day 2 that totally destroyed us, maybe too much partying from great 1st day.
Started with heats Bohl missing semis after poor swim, & both Magnussen & Roberts swimming poor legs in prelims of 4X100.
Then night time Mckeon poor swim in final of 100 fly, TFH not qualifying for 200 final, well below best. Packard not qualifying for 100 breast & most importantly neither Seebohm & Larkin dominating like Kazan in semis. Ashwood last in 400 free & Magnussen & Roberts swims poorly again in 4×100 final.
I was in shock yesterday & having tape the night session, I just deleted it.

commonwombat

Rob, I’m not willing to make any pronouncement on the M4X200 as I think they’re pretty “rubbery”. TFH should be respectable but not brilliant & Smith was solid enough last year. McEvoy isn’t always good in this relay and who’s no.4 ?

It would seem that we had a stunt double for McKeonD in the 400fr heats as it was a resumption of usual transmission in the final & 200fr heats. I’m stumped as to how Hansford got a plane ticket. Do you bring in Chalmers or Horton who swam a spectacular split 3 years ago but has been meh at this distance since ?

I think the fairest call would be possible but far from certain.

Lynchy, I’m not going to throw crap at Verhaeren on this as the far greater responsibility has to devolve to the swimmers and their own coaches …. or have they been enablers ?

I’ve copped criticism for this suggestion but I feel that they also need to give the head honcho the capacity to make hard calls on those who have proven themselves “tourists”/serial non performers.

That does NOT mean sending them to the guillotine after one horror meet; unless its one of those very rare “completely dire across the board” ones; but when you have 3 years of consistent non performance ….

In those cases, you do NOT necessarily “ban them” from competitive swimming but rather you “yank” any central funding.

Its not the full answer but the current systems clearly are not producing anywhere near optimal results when it really counts and these kind of policy changes should at least be considered

Ger

You’re probably right asf, but Missy is not in a good place at the moment. She feels she has let the team down. I hope someone dispels that idea and shows how much she has contributed with her successes and spirit. Sometimes, a very outgoing, bubbly personality hides a deep insecurity.

http://www.nbcolympics.com/news/missy-franklins-rio-debut-nothing-she-planned

longstroke

The USA is considered a lock for the men’s 4X200FS but I wouldn’t stake my life on it. Thomas Fraser-Holmes has talent but is weighed down by expectations at big meets. If he and McEvoy can reproduce their trials times and if Horton splits 1.45(his 400 suggests he can do that and more) then Australia will be right in it. Who then for the 4th spot? I believe that if none of the obvious contenders splits better than 1.46.2 in preliminaries then Kyle Chalmers should b thrown into it. I think his PB is a low 1.47 and he has shown in his short career that he can deliver. I expect the USA to win but if they have an average day and if Australia plays all of its cards right then we could see one of the great relay upsets.

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