Speed Sisters Testing Each Other Once More: Cate Pips Bronte At Hong Kong World Cup

Third placed Cate (L) and winner Bronte Campbell of Australia
Cate and Bronte Campbell sharing a podium at world titles in 2015 - by Patrick B. Kraemer

The sorority of sprint duellers Cate and Bronte Campbell were at it again today as Hong Kong staged World Cup action, the 2013 world champion Cate on 24.69, the 2015 world champion Bronte on 24.84 in the 50m freestyle; 5 more wins for Katinka Hosszu at the one-woman world cup

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The sorority of sprint duellers Cate and Bronte Campbell were at it again today as Hong Kong staged World Cup action, the 2013 world champion Cate on 24.69, the 2015 world champion Bronte on 24.84 in the 50m freestyle; 5 more wins for Katinka Hosszu at the one-woman world cup

Comments

aswimfan

How on earth did Hosszu swim all those fast times in LCM, in one day, during heavy training????

aswimfan

Let me repeat like a broken record once again:
There has been no other swimmer like Hosszu, not before, not now.

Jorge Abril

FINA must rethink WC. Irrelevant competition.

Eugene

I’m not sure Hosszu does it during heavy training. It’s more like this schedule is a heavy training itself 🙂 Anyway, more than impressive performance.

Yozhik

1:55.81 is Katinka’s personal best. It moves her to the 6th place in ranking ahead of such world class swimmer as McKeon next to the WC medalist Franklin. It hardly can be qualified as hard training, I think.

Yozhik

@asf. Katrina Hosszu either redefines the meaning of “season peak form” and usefulness of tapering that after spike affects performance in negative way. Or she could probably do much more if she takes the load same way as other swimmers do. Maybe what we are witnessing is a compromise between earnings and spectacular one time per season performance.

aswimfan

Yozhik,

You don’t think Hosszu is in heavy training?
My guess would be all swimmers in the world are in heavy training now. It’s in season. No major or minor championships later this year, until national trials/ncaa/Olympics next year.
If Hosszu is not in heavy training, that would be extremely unusual and she’s the first swimmer to have such program

commonwombat

Interesting discussion re Hosszu.

What has gone somewhat unremarked is the fact that both Seebohm & C1 have shown the capacity over the past 12-18 months to produce consistently fast times year round in their major events. As yet, C2 hasn’t quite matched big sister in this regard but is starting to show some signs in this direction.

Will be very interested to see the times in both W100BK & 100FS

felix

I’m sure the world champ isn’t bothered. And yes the world cup series has deteriorated consistently over the past 20 years to now being a pathetic joke which in no way is helping to promote the sport.

commonwombat

There is clearly a place for such a series as the World Cup but there needs to be a major re-think with regards to format/structure/dates/locations (and encouragement to stage events) as well as the $$$ issue.

Maybe it needs to go into hiatus for a year or so post Rio in order to get this kind of process not only underway but sufficiently “open” with regards to input AND reporting.

Craig Lord

commonwombat: forget that last bit… attempts have been made to steer fina in the right direction… for many, many years… when the issue came up at media commission the view from the top of the table was always ‘we’re looking at it… meaning, we’re seeking new sponsors and will carry on regardless, happy to make it the Katinka Hosszu one-woman show’, no offence intended to her personally but winning every race etc etc is a story that can only be written x times before it is truly boring)… hopeless trying to get fina ‘leadership’ to listen. A complete calendar overhaul, including a return to world l/c once every four years in between O Games is required… if a genuine, quality pro tour is to unfold, space needs to be created, otherwise any format wherever it comes from will be more of the same mediocre no-showcase pretending to be one – with almost no media interest beyond niche or the odd piece in a national paper looking at 1 swimmer here or there (and even that’s dried up over the years). And not every two-day, or 1-day meet needs to be a world-championship program squashed into a hole it doesn’t fit in, like pooh, the honey pot and rabbit’s hole – stuff we learn about ‘when we were very young’ but FINA, being so very old and beyond wisdom itself, now appears to have forgotten 🙂

Yozhik

Asf that is exactly the point. It looks like there is no such thing for KH like “in season”. She went under 1:56 more than a month prior WC, she established phenomenal record in IM at WC, she improves pb at 200 fs almost two months after WC. If definition of heavy training is a period during which a swimmer’s load is such that doesn’t allow showing time close to the pb, then KH is definitely is not in heavy training. I don’t know much about KH’s training routine. Maybe there was no specially designed new revolutionary approach. Maybe things just happened by themselves automatically: in order to stay at competitive level during the season perusing commercial goals she took it easy on “heavy training” and such approach in her situation appeared to be very fruitfull – at the age not far from retirement she started to improve significantly her personal bests. I don’t know what KH could’ve been capable for should we see her like Ledecky just one time per year. It can be nothing. But what I’m sure with is that what she is doing deserves at least attention if not a thorough study, especially if she is not the only one who shows stable performance all year around.

Craig Lord

Yozhik, she is the only one doing what she is doing in terms of the number of swims and the ability to pop a career best at any time in the season regardless of place, time and circumstance. Nothing like it before, at least not in the public domain.

commonwombat

I fear you’re right, Craig. I think we’re singing from the same hymn book. Just throwing $$$ at it and claiming it a solution is akin to flushing said $$$ down the S bend.

Craig Lord

Yes, comwombat. Not sure who the folk at ‘airweave’ are but I’d want my money back…

Yozhik

Craig, I feel some negative connotation in your “the only one” … let’s postpone the analysis of Hosszu’s success and her style of training. [partly edited for the words in the mid-section of the comment made no sense, Yozhik, as I indicate in my reply – ED]

Craig Lord

Yozhik, I don’t understand your comment (as in ‘no idea what it means’); as for the only one … she is… it is a statement of fact, not opinion; I make no comment on her approach to training and racing.

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