Sean Grieshop & Brandonn Almeida Set For 400IM Clash As Last-Day Battle Takes Shape

All things have a starting point … by Patrick B. Kraemer

A calmer morning on the clock as the last weekend of the championships dawns: Sean Grieshop (USA) and Brandonn Almeida (BRA) set up a 400IM clash and all big names sailed through to semis in the 50 and 100m events

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A calmer morning on the clock as the last weekend of the championships dawns: Sean Grieshop (USA) and Brandonn Almeida (BRA) set up a 400IM clash and all big names sailed through to semis in the 50 and 100m events

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Verram

I’m afraid to say anything remotely positive about the Aussie kids performance in case common wombat tries to shoot down any such comments again…

Craig Lord

I think there are lots of positives in the Australia performance, Verram.

commonwombat

Verram, if a performance is excellent or in any way creditable, I’ll call it as so. If it is sub-standard or uncompetitive, same again …. I’m just not going to say something IS something that it clearly is NOT.

There have been some excellent, nigh stellar performances, by some AUS swimmers at this meet (we can all name them) and others that have certainly been creditable.

Conversely there have been a good number of events where they have been demonstrably poor (some in areas where the senior team already shows weakness) and therefore, taking a wider view, not painting an exactly rosy picture for that event over the next few years.

I think it was a reasonable enough session. Chalmers, like Rooney, “cruised but would have to not turn up tonight NOT to qualify fro the final. Might be harder for Dai. At least one of the 100flyers (most likely Lassman) & possibly both W50FS should qualify for finals.

However neither of the M50BRS look likely & the 400IMers WERE well off the pace, in an event that is weak for AUS at senior level.

W4X100: My money is on CAN where the combination of Ruck & Oleksiak can drop at least 5sec from their heats “cruise”. Probably RUS for silver & then USA & AUS battle for bronze.

Verram

Yes there have been some outstanding performances but we all know common wombat’s opinions surpasses everyone else’s especially when it comes to Aussie performances 😉

commonwombat

No, they don’t by any means but I DO try and provide a rationale for why I’ve taken a view that some may perceive as negative. If proven wrong, which I certainly can be, I’m happy to admit I was wrong.

I also try very hard not to wear nationalistic “blinkers”. As regards AUS Swimming; I’m certainly not predicting doom & gloom but I DO think there has to be an acceptance that the “years of plenty” are well and truly over.

London was probably just the signal of “return to normal service” as regards medal numbers & golds at Olympic level. Golds MAY be a few more in Rio but totals may even be lower.

If that offends, then I’m sorry. I certainly respect your views and can quite often find a good deal of agreement with them.

Robert Traynor

‘I also try very hard not to wear nationalistic “blinkers”.’

Me, I never leave home without them. There’s no fun in it for me if I can’t barrack and be steadfastly parochial.

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