Siobhan-Marie O’Connor 2:09.5 For Worlds 200IM Ticket In Lonely Race With Time & Task

Finishing with a ticket in her hand - Siobhan-Marie O'Connor - by Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor picked up a few prizes in just the one 200m medley race at British Swimming Championships here at the London Aquatics Centre this evening: there was gold for the crown, in 2:09.51, world season No 1, a ticket to the World titles in August – and the sash for the best dash, bash and thrash off the blocks in three days of racing

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor picked up a few prizes in just the one 200m medley race at British Swimming Championships here at the London Aquatics Centre this evening: there was gold for the crown, in 2:09.51, world season No 1, a ticket to the World titles in August – and the sash for the best dash, bash and thrash off the blocks in three days of racing

Comments

aswimfan

SMOC’s 100/200 free and 200 IM times in 2014/2015 very very closely mirror Alicia Coutts’ times in 2010/2011

However, SMOC’s current age is younger than COutts’ age when delivering those times, so there’s more avenue for improvement for SMOC. I don’t think she or Watanabe can compete with Hosszu yet this year in 200 IM, but Rio will be a different story. Especially Watanabe is awfully young.

felixdangerpants

I can’t see anyone touching Hosszu this or next year. That 200im is just a flat out sprint for her & I love the way she races heats fast all the time. Come the main event she is ready for anything unlike all those swimmers who fart around in heats & semis then can’t go when it counts.

Bad Anon

Leverenz and Belmonte even SMOC are strong podium contenders. 200 im for women will be awfully tough to make finals in Kazan and Rio. 2.10mid at least to final 2.08 at least to medal

STIRLO

“Even SMOC”? Surely she is among the top favorites? In fact, if I were a betting man, my money would be on her in Rio. Hosszu’s best is only 0.3 better than SMOC’s, and age favors the Brit. But we shouldn’t forget Shiwen either, should we?

Bad Anon

Shiwen is a tricky custosmer, she was 2.11 and 4.36 at the Chinese trials this past week . she’s been, “slow ” by her standards and has no major success since London 2012 save for continental dominance. I wouldn’t count Ye out but now she’s more of a dark horse. if SMOC can get to her form from commonwealth games she’ll beat Hosszu this summer

STIRLO

And there’s no reason to think SMOC won’t not only return to CG form, but improve. The individual components are getting better, so she just needs to put it together.

On another subject, question for Craig. Where does Thomas Fannon’s 22.61 50 free from this morning’s heats rank among 16 year olds? Caeleb Dressel was faster I know, and I’m sure there are others, but I can’t think who. Sedov was 17 before he went that fast, and Chalmers has not been that quick yet.
John Rudd really is starting to sort our British sprinting!

Majer99

Chalmers went 22.33 this week at age nationals

aswimfan

Chalmers went 22.3 few days ago to break Australia’s 16 yo NAG record

BIG D

SMOC’s progress really is heartening. To have a swimmer of her versatility and class is something we have not had for a while. As of yesterday (some changes this morning) she was 2nd on the GB all time list in: 100 Free, 200 Free and 100 Fly, 5th on 100 Breast and 19th on 100 back (which is perhaps the stroke she needs to improve on most to close the gap on Hosszu).
At the 2012 trials she went out really fast and faltered on the last 75 but she has clearly learnt from her bad experiences (as she often mentions them) and that is an attitude that will lead her to further success.
She also seems to have had a positive effect on Walker- Hebborn as well or is that just coincidence!!

Craig Lord

Yes, Majer… thanks … we don’t cover age group champs across the board but will do a wrap of best of when several nations have held their meets.

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