Swimming’s Swingometer: Where the United States Won Rio 2016 & Australia Lost It

Uphill struggle for the Gold Caps - by Patrick B. Kraemer

Australia’s swimming team visited Christ The Redeemer in Rio today. Intentional or not, how very fitting. There may be a sense of the cathartic up there on the angel’s shoulder overlooking the stunning setting that is Rio de Janeiro, Sugarloaf and sea; up there at the foot of the iconic statue of The Dove, arms outstretched like wings, hands open as if to say: The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit – Psalm 34:18. Let the Games of inquiry begin. A look at all of that – and the swingometer of those eight days in Rio – how the USA won the meet and how Australia lost it.

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After day 1, USA 3 Aus 2

Coming in to this meet, I had Australia seriously threatening to outdo the U.S. in terms of golds. So, best of luck to the Aus state pathologist with that one.
The U.S. overachieved expectations, Australia went the other way and the women’s 100m free summed it up; a nailed on certainty C1 losing to one of a highly unlikely duo, Manuel, from the U.S.

In Kazan, Sarah Sjostrom avoided the 200m to make sure she was 100% for the 100m free. In Rio, she gave it everything in the 200m and paid for it in the 100m. I wonder if she has any regrets with the benefit of hindsight.


sjostrom has two medals in 100/200 free. Two medals is better than one.
There’s no guarantee she would have won 100 free or even medaled in it had she not swum 200 free.
No guarantee.
Remember Cate?


Elite swimming in Australia is largely government funded so if I was the Sports Minister I would demand full accountability. With the possible exception of 2004 Australia has underperformed at every Olympics since 1992. On my numbers, at these Olympics only in 29% of events was the time faster than at the trials. The national body has not even acknowledged that such a problem exists.

After seven gold medals in Kazan there was much smugness but this was inflated by two backstrokers having the perfect meet. The reality was that most Australian swimmers again failed to improve on their trials times. There needs to be a comprehensive review as to why this keeps happening and the results made public.

clive rushton

Great interview from Alan with Bill.

Wayne’s comments are spot on. Every one of them. Every. Single. One. Of. Them.

Coach education word-wide is an anachronistic joke.

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