Gregorio Paltrinieri Books Ticket To 1500 Title Chase But Sun Down & No Defence

Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy - worth the NBA pose he likes to put on show at the end of races - by Patrick B. Kraemer
Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy - worth the NBA pose he likes to put on show at the end of races - by Patrick B. Kraemer

As the Campbell Sisters looked to bounce back from a difficult evening, Italian Gregorio Paltrinieri started pursuit of a gold medal in the 1500 freestyle.

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aswimfan

Olympics swimming is not over yet, and I am already starting to experience withdrawal lol

aswimfan

Australian swimming is crazy if they don’t move the next Olympics trials to a date much closer to the Olympics.
Main idea would be to prevent the top swimmers from having too much media exposure and believing in their hype created by media/public.

Flyguy

So great to see 2 swimmers under 15 minutes already. Now the action is about to start. The pace needs to be quick, or we will see a few upsets

Ger

Is Sun Yang finished; falling back.

Flyguy

Ger, I think so, but lets see how he finishes. He might be biding his time, but he has slipped off…

Flyguy

Yes he is gone! Surely he cannot come back from this? Jordan is swimming really well

Ger

He’s done Flyguy.

aswimfan

Sun Yang is gone!
I wished he’d gone in 200 too.

Buh bye Yang!

aswimfan

Horton looked pretty good, but he shouldn’t wait until the final lap to pick up the pace. Detti also looked good. Wilimovsky seemed to work hardest.

aswimfan

I still can’t figure out how Paltrinieri can swim that fast with that stroke that look so inefficient.

Craig Lord

Underwater efficient, asf… grabs the water fast – great angle of buoyancy, drag of a two-beat kick, he ‘surfs’ more than Jaeger in next line, for e.g….

Flyguy

Absolutely Craig, Efficiency of stroke underwater > efficiency of recovery on top of the water… Sun Yang, gone, so glad.

aswimfan

Paltrinieri looked so strong.
I think gold will be his.
Minor medals will be fought among Horton, Willimovsky, Detti, Jaeger and Cochrane.

Eugene Chc

Willimovsky turns so bad

Flyguy

aswimfan I like Detti for a medal, I think Mack and him for Silver and Bronze… Jaeger is good, but i have a sneaky feeling the Italians will feed off another

Flyguy

Super swim from Kylie Masse leading off the relay… 58.66!

Flyguy

Would have got her second. Canada have a real chance to medal yet again. Oleksiak could end up with 5 Medals… Who would have thought

Flyguy

Gotta say, GBR looks great to contend for the 4×100 crown for men… I hope the USA tear it up just for Phelps.. WR for his “Last” Olympic swim

beachmouse

So nice to see Dekker into the semifinals after the cancer problems earlier this year.

PSA- get your preteen kids the HPV vaccine. It’s not a 100% guarantee a girl won’t get cervical cancer later on, but is does very significantly reduce the risk of it.

Flyguy

Very disappointed with the RSA relay. Quite pathetic. There was alot of hype but there is no chance they were going to make it with a “B” Team, ie no Le Clos, and sub par performances.

Rafael

GBR might spoil US.. even with a subpar back leg.. if Peaty goes 56 and adding a very good fly + free GBR can upset US.

Bronze seem open.. Everybody in underperforming on something.. as Brazilian I Really wished to see Guido swimming 53 low and the breast splitting 58..

Ger

It could be very tight but the U.S. will change all four which is just as well as a split 59.51 from cordes and 51.88 from Shields doesn’t do it. I assume Shields was just saving himself for later.
Peaty 57.49 will be faster tomorrow, Guy 51.48 is about all out for him.
I wouldn’t call it

Flyguy

I cant see USA Losing.
Duncan Scott is never going to track down Adrian. Murphy is going to put 1.5 seconds on CWH, Miller will be strong, but Peaty will close the gap. Phelps will do what he does best.

DutchinUSA

About when to have trials: it’s a tricky thing. Do remember the frequent complaints about US swimmers peaking at the trials, only to be slower at the worlds or Olympics. That never applied to the greats, or the ones for whom it happened to be their first real year of racing, the Oleksiaks or Kings, but it did apply to many regular others, for whom qualifying was the main goal.

(Of course, a typical example should have been Simone Manuel, that’s why few on this list, myself included, did not believe she would progress…)

But what’s the happy medium? Certainly not what the Netherlands did, giving early Heemskerk a spot, and thereby removing any incentives for someone like Steenbergen. Just as I am sure that the Campbells did discourage others, although clearly not Oleksiak or Manuel.

David Brooks

I make US big favorites over GB. Murphy could take 1.5 secs out of CWH. Peatty could take all that back and more but with Phelps at least a second faster than Guy, Scott will start half a second down on Adrian. That’s too much to ask. But if Murphy under performs and Petty goes 56 mid, then it’s game on.

David Brooks

On the women’s medley, Gb cut it very close today. just crazy that they don’t have Thomas or Kelly here as Fly backup. SOC is clearly not much quicker than either on fly but she’d take a second out of Tutton.

commonwombat

Paltrinieri would need to make a mess of it to lose …… but haven’t we seen so many examples here in Rio of fancied swimmers right royally ballsing things up ?

Have to suspect that at least one of the Americans will be on the podium. Horton will need to have his wits about him if he is to do so. Detti – the spoiler.

Eugene Chc

im so happy for Maya

aswimfan

Dirado!!
Shocker!!

Americans are really lifting their game and performing much better than their trials suggested.

Ger

Wow, Dirado

aswimfan

Whatever the Americans did between the trials and Olympics really work… very well!

And most importantly; momentum!!

For Australia, the collapse of the women’s breaststrokers, Seebohm (and to a much lesser extent, Larkin) was the start of domino collapse. That’s how fragile they are. Only much less-hyped and youthful talent of Chalmers can be oblivious to that.

Ger

Destroyed on the turns but faster through the water….another stunner

aswimfan

Schooling!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As Indonesian, I congratulate our neghbor Singapore. There will be party today in Singapore and many people will call in sick (it’s 8 am Friday morning here).

First swimming gold medal for SE Asia too!!

aswimfan

It’s beyond belief that Phelps in three way tie with Le Clos and Cseh.

You cannot write a more unbelievable story than this!!

Ger

50.39 and pretty fast….Phelps 51.14 feeling it….that make the relay tomorrow more interesting

aswimfan

Ledecky 4:01.98 at 400… on the feet… on the way to 800

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It’s faster than what Carlin swam to her silver in 400.

aswimfan

Oh, yes, that 50.39 also finally removed the long-standing Crocker’s 50.40 textile record which lasted for 11 years.

Thorpe’s 3:40.08 remains standing, 14 years and going.

Ger

4:01.3 Carlin in 400?

Flyguy

That was her time Ger, but Katie had to turn still. Its generally accepted that a turn is. 6 to. 8 of a second. Travelling at the same pace

Ger

8:16 is a great time, but 12 seconds behind, lol

Ger

Ervin…WOW

aswimfan

USA is killing it.

aswimfan

Australia should take a sigh of relief they are not a complete disaster like the France, although they are pretty close second to France in the worst performers department.

The only thing that can save Australia from total disaster if a Campbell win 50.

aswimfan

I love love love love how Ervin win 50 free.

His personal story arc is nothing less than amazing. One day a movie will be made about him.

If only he had not retired in after 2002, he’d probably have won 3×50 free golds, that’s how talented he is in sprinting.

Ger

U.S. have moved on leaps and bounds from Kazan. The coaching staff have done a great job preparing the team to perform at this level.
Australia have been a big let down; I expected so much more from them.

aswimfan

Oh NO! Sjostrom out of 50 free final.

There goes my dream seeing a woman finally win 50-100-200 medals in an Olympics.

commonwombat

ASF, Sjostrom has indicated she’s swimming on but she DID say that 200 was a “never again” after the 100. Will be interesting how this next cycle goes for her … and even whether she goes another “full cycle”.

C2 COULD, but I think that Rio is/was C1’s last roll of the dice given her physical fragility. Here’s hoping she can rescue something from the 50, but its looking another slow race and that’s bringing so many more into the equation.

Chalmers may be a case of “too young to know fear/doubt” but all credit to him. I’d probably also add Cook to the credits list for her 400 & 4×200.

I’ll probably elaborate further when the inevitable post mortems arise but my fear re the AUS fall-out is that they will take the easy way out and “shoot the foreigner”; making Verhaeren the scapegoat when probably very little should be sheeted home to him. The administration of SA, the personal coaches and the swimmers themselves have to take ownership for both the selection policy and the performance … or lack thereof.

aswimfan

Yes, I wouldn’t blame Veehaeren.

This Olympics year seems like a nightmare re-run from 2012.
From the numerous world leading times at the trials, months of media hype and build up, tip swimmers started to believe in their own hype, very few high quality racing opportunities, arriving too early in the Olympics village, little problems at the Village that should have been dealt with quietly and easily all the way to the “stage fright”.
The only missing features are the sleeping pills, sprinters shenanigans and social media meltdown.

I am betting you that if the AUS trials is moved to late June or early July, you wouldn’t get the likes of Seebohm coasting away on her laurels. It will keep the swimmers on the edge and honest.

commonwombat

Actually, I’ve heard a little more on the Seebohm “not enough work” situation. It appears that this is a legacy of the enforced change of coach last year. Her 2015 success was a legacy of the work that was done under Brown but the new regime hasn’t mirrored the previous.

This may be not be accurate but its seems plausible on first observation.

Actually something that would probably be looked upon as a tragedy but would probably do AUS Swimming a great service would be them LOSING network TV coverage. Would certainly dampen the hype by a significant %. Better media management is a must; sometimes no media profile is a good thing.

Whilst I never advocate being rude or discourteous to the media, athletes (and indeed anyone in the public arena) need to understand that they are NOT obligated to provide “copy” to the media merely for the sake of it. You do have the right to say “no thank you” or “no comment” when you are not obligated to do so.

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