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
Over the past few years, no one has doubted the talent of China’s Sun Yang. Rapidly moving toward status as one of the finest distance freestylers in history, Sun can do it all in the pool, and on command. On the last night of the World Championships, he also showed a bit of showmanship, keeping the crowd at the Palau Sant Jordi in suspense. With a late charge, he did just enough to win a second straight 1500 title to add to his wins in the 400m and 800m; Ryan Cochrane (CAN) takes third straight silver; bronze to Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA)
Katinka Hosszu (HUN) claims medley double in 4:30.41 ahead of Spain’s Mireia Belmonte, topping her London 2012 tally with three medals and a 4:31.21 national record, and defending champion Elizabeth Beisel (USA), on 4:31.69; Olympic champion Ye Shiwen (CHN) 7th 10sec down on her WR
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.
It wasn’t surprising to see a Japanese swimmer surge to victory in the 400 individual medley on the final day of the World Championships. That outcome was widely expected throughout the week. However, the man who got to the wall first wasn’t the guy who was favored, proving the point that paper results are worth nothing.
Having cracked one world record holder in semis to claim 200m gold, Yuliya Efimova (RUS) repeated the move to take the breaststroke dash crown ahead of Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) 29.52 to 29.59
The way the 100 backstroke went for Frenchman Camille Lacourt did not sit well. After winning a share of the world title in that event back in 2011, Lacourt was tabbed as an Olympic-title contender. However, he failed to medal in London and earlier this week, Lacourt finished of the podium again in the two-lap backstroke. Maybe he’ll find solace in what went down in the 50 back.
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.
Participation in the Speedo Fit program has concluded, but not before I had the opportunity to gain true benefits from this aquatic fitness program.