The recent World Championships in Barcelona revealed the sport is in a good way, a perfect blend of talent and charismatic personalities propelling swimming into the future.
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Missy Franklin is off to college in the autumn (or fall as they say across The Pond). She will arrive at Cal the most titled teen and woman in world-swimming-championship history, one gold beyond the tallies of Tracy Caulkins and Libby Trickett; a new journey begins
Whenever the scoreboard at major international competition doesn’t immediately flash over to the final finishing order, bad news is typically on the way for at least one athlete or nation. So, when giant monitor inside the Palau Sant Jordi went into hiccup mode on the final night of the World Championships, hearts jumped into throats.
Ranomi Kromowidjojo (NED) may not be back to where she was in the 100m for gold in London last year but in her second Olympic glory event, the 50m freestyle, she was bang on: 24.05, the world title matching precisely the speed of her one-lap bonanza in Britain; silver for Cate Campbell; bronze for Fran Halsall
Be sure to stay with SwimVortex during the morning preliminary session of the 15th FINA World Championships for constant updates as action unfolds. The team here in Barcelona, Craig Lord and John Lohn, will be regularly adding updates to this file throughout the morning from the Palau Sant Jordi. All our loyal readers need to do is refresh their browser to see the latest news. Enjoy the action and the coverage.
The last night of the U.S Open in Southern California didn’t feature any of the strong times which were seen in the first few days of competition, but Australia’s Laura Crockart was the victor of the 1500 freestyle in 16:08.36 while Auburn’s Zane Grothe prevailed in the 800 freestyle on the men’s side in 7:56.16.
Given that no other woman has ever swum inside 2:05.9 in a textile suit over 200m backstroke, a second effort inside 2:05 – a championship record of 2:04.76 – was a joyous way of joining Tracy Caulkins and Libby Trickett in the club of those who have won five golds at one championships
The pressure she might have been feeling before the World Championships got started is gone now, a gold medal in the 100 freestyle serving as a calming influence. Now, Australian Cate Campbell is on a free roll in the 50 freestyle, which is dangerous for a young woman with exceptional talent and the desire to sweep the sprint freestyles.
Morning heats on day 7 at the 15th FINA World Championships with the SwimVortex team here in Barcelona, Craig Lord and John Lohn. On the penultimate morning, Yuliya Efimova dropped a 29.78 world record in the 50m breaststroke
Perhaps as much as anyone in the sport, Cate Campbell has dealt with difficult circumstances. But all of those troubles are a thing of the past after the Australian blew away the field in the 100 freestyle, winning the gold medal in 52.34.