Masterstrokes From Readers’ Champions Ledecky And Sun

SwimVortex Reader Champions: Katie Ledecky and Sun Yang [photos: Patrick B. Kraemer]

SwimVortex readers have voted Katie Ledecky (USA) and Sun Yang (CHN) their 2013 Swimmers of the Year in our Reader Champions roll of honour. Both Ledecky and Sun claimed the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle world titles at the FINA showcase long-course event, the most prestigious event in the sport beyond the Olympic Games. Read on to see who else caught the eye of readers as the best of class in 2013

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SwimVortex readers have voted Katie Ledecky (USA) and Sun Yang (CHN) their 2013 Swimmers of the Year in our Reader Champions roll of honour. Both Ledecky and Sun claimed the 400, 800 and 1500m freestyle world titles at the FINA showcase long-course event, the most prestigious event in the sport beyond the Olympic Games. Read on to see who else caught the eye of readers as the best of class in 2013

Comments

Clive Rushton

Excellent and imaginative award categories. Just gives to show that the people on the deck actually appreciate what actually going on! Actually. (OMG, I hate your editing options! Goes, not gives 🙂 )

aswimfan

perfect choices I might say!

(and yes, I hate the editing tools -or lack of it- here)

Craig Lord

Clive, aswimfan… one for 2014, something to look forward to 🙂

Dave

It’s really hard to argue with any of these choices.

It seems ridiculous to set aside Franklin winning six golds at Worlds, but I agree that Ledecky had the most transcendant performances of the year. Let’s call it a tie.

The Lochte / Kawecki 200M race was men’s race of the year for me. Although the men’s 400 IM in Barcelona was pretty good.

Promise of the year (sorry for the US bias here as I really only follow up and comers in the US):
This is a tough one.
For men, Cordes is the obvious choice. Kalisz is likewise extremely talented. The next generation of American is knocking on the door with Jacob Pebley, Caleb Dressel and Ryan Murphy.
For women, Breeja Larson has a deep well of talent that she hasn’t quite tapped yet.

Breakout performers.
Consider Seto. He’s been great in smaller meets for a while, it’s great to see him ascend. I also might nominate Feigen delivering silver, or perhaps McBroom sneaking in there but I agree with Kawecki. Amazing underwaters.

Not necessarily so.

Special award ought go to Australia for winning both blue ribbon events . Has it been I done before ?

KeithM

Not necessarily so, it has been done twice previously. Biondi & Haislett in Perth (1991) and Woithe & Meinecke in Ecuador (1982).

Sylle

I’m a bit late perhaps, but no Open-Water category?

felixtzu

The top woman and top girl are the same age (to within two days).

Craig Lord

Sylle. There is but we didn’t ask readers to vote on that … the SwimVortex Awards will be published next week

Rafael

I think it would be quite obvious that Lurz and Okimoto would deserve the Open Water category..

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