The Fight Is Back In Yannick Agnel: 1st Of 5 Men On 1:47s In Tight Tussle At Canet MN

Yannick Agnel, by Patrick B. Kraemer
Yannick Agnel, by Patrick B. Kraemer

Whether it will be enough to have him dream of an Olympic title retained is another matter but Frenchman Yannick Agnel got his hand to the wall first in a tight tusssle over 200m freestyle in the opening sessions of finals in Canet as the Mare Nostrum Tour reached its midway point. Agnel’s 1:47.28 compared to the 1:47.83 in which Britain’s Stephen Milne finished fifth. In between came two men who entered the fray with a 400m final in their arms at the start of the session and one who came back to back from the 200 back final and a 4:09 win in the 400IM: Myles Brown (RSA), 1:47.62, and James Guy (GBR), the World champion on 1:47.71, split by the backstroke-medley man, Kosuke Hagino and a 1:47.69 for Japan.

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Bad Anon

Hosszu perfomances,
50back -28.07
200back -2.06.88
200IM – 2.08.93
200free- 1.56.85
…..all in the space of 90mins. With rest she can win 5 medals in Rio with possibly several golds 200/400IM , 100/200back and 200free… Shes truly a phenomenal swimmer and one of a kind

Craig Lord

Thanks for the recap of the report, Bad Anon (though I think your 5 medals is too many 🙂

aswimfan

In Kazan, Hosszu went 58.7 PB in 100 back at the age of 26. Mind you, 100 back is probably her fourth or fifth best event (after 200/400 IM 200 back and probably 200 free).

In percentage-wise improvement since 2012/2013, that would be like Seebohm going 53.00 in 100 free or 56.50 in 100 fly or 2:08.00 in 200 IM next year. And we know Seebohm is at least equally talented as Hosszu. If Seebohm does this in 2018 (when she turns 26) it would raise more than a few eyebrows.

And that 58.7 in the prelims felt ordinary because Hosszu’s many other swimming aspects have been even more extraordinary.

Bad Anon

I think she can, I dont know if she will. Handling tough doubles is something she has demonstrated to be capable of. Lochte has struggled with 200free/im double though winning medals in both events at each attempt… Katie hoff had a disatrous 200free/im double in beijing… History tells us even the worlds best have a tough time hitting those doubles though in my opinion Hosszu can win medals in every event she decides to enter in Rio, not necessarily gold ( outside the medleys where shes the prohibitive favourite)

Bad Anon

*200back/im double for Lochte rather.
For KH potential schedule, 200free final and 200IM final in the same session. That may cost her wr opportunity in the latter but not the gold. 200free semi 20mins before 100back final. Confident Hosszu will handle that double better than Franklin did in london olympics… Those are things KH and Tusup will be perfecting in training… Me thinks 5 medals is possible for KH in Rio

Craig Lord

I think that if she takes that on, there will be those ready to thump her. It isn’t Canet, its the Olympics, Bad Anon… and if she does it and succeeds, the chart won’t be big enough for the further extension of the hockey-stick

Yozhik

That is how these times are close to her personal bests.
50BK – 0.3%; 200BK – 0.5%; 200IM – 2.2%; 200FR – 1.25%

Rafael

Craig, while being a B final, Italo duarte had the 2nd faster 50 free with a 22,24.

And Katinka won´t probably try any crazy doubles… but the schedule is good to her.. a lot
She can break the 400 IM WR at day 1 (Easier than breaking the 200 IM for sure)
She may or may not swim the 100 back on day 2 and 3.
On day 3 she will have the 200 IM which she can qualify easily to final even having the 100 back final.
On day 4 she will have the 200 IM final
Then just on day 6 she will have the 200 back.

Her only problem would be to try swimming the 200 free on days 3/4

Yozhik

“Close” or “far away” from PB. It depends how to look at it. In contrast to Bed Anon these times told almost nothing to me about the dynamic of Hosszu’s current form and if she is on the rise or decline.

Craig Lord

Yes, I saw that, Rafael, thanks. Italo Duarte needs to race in a way that gets him into the A final 🙂 KH – I think she’d be wise to stick to three (4 will be a stretch unless dominance in quiet moments extends to similar in a very different realm; and 5 would be folly)

Rafael

Craig, at Brazilian trials Italo went 22,16 at Morning, so I think he won´t mess up at Rio.. (22 low is probably enough to get into semis – Kazan need a 22,47). But he missed at all, let´s see if he does not make the same mistake at Barcelona

Ger

Sharron Davies, speaking on the BBC during the recent Europeans mentioned that she had spoken to Hosszu and reported that she would swim a reduced program in Rio; maybe just 3 events. Whether that’s true or not, we will see in time.

Zsolt Koszorus

i checked the schedule, and i agree with you Craig. I hope she wont swim the 200free, and the 400free, in which she is also qualified. 400IM, 200IM, and 200back is enough, and maybe the 100back, but that is 3 medals maximum.

But what i’m really waiting for is the men’s 100Fly, with MP, ChLC, LCs, and 5 others in the finals. Would be nice if LCs could win it, but it would be even nicer if MP wins his fourth consecutive. Whatever comes out, will be a great matchup.

Craig Lord

Yes, it will – terrific prospect, Zsolt… Joe Schooling and others on the cusp, too 🙂

Craig Lord

Yes, Rafael, good sign when a swimmer corrects a mistake straight away…

Gergely Kun

Craig, you keep saying how Hosszu only had a lifetime best of 2:13 at the start of 2013 but that was the the year when she started focusing on backstroke events beside the IMs and already that year she was 2:08 high at worlds and before that she hardly ever swum 200 bk anywhere……The big turning point in her career was after the semi disappointing Beijing games when she went to train with Salo and in 2009 worlds she swam massive pbs 2:07.46 200 IM, 2:04.27 200fly, 1:55.16 200free split; dont you think that if she had decided to go for the 200 bk at that point she could have put up a 2:06/07? Yes I am aware the suits helped a lot that year but still.
And then she had a couple of so so seasons winning a few european titles with decent times which suggested she could probably have gone 2:09/10 if she ever went for the 200bk but she never really did I dont think in small meets either so this is why I dont think there is much sense in saying how she only had a 2:13pb in 2013 cos its not really like shes been trying hard or something and never managed and all of a sudden wow 2:07s 2:08s every other meet…
Do you see my point?

Craig Lord

I see your point but I see mine, too: take any swimmer in the world and tell me where you find someone knocking out PBs and close to PBs in events on every stroke, 50m to 400m on a regular basis, Gergely. There is, in fact, just the one swimmer doing that now. It is unique right now but not unique in history and where I have seen it before the story has not ended well, one way or another. What KH did today and does on a fairly regular basis is outswim the in-training capacity of every other swimmer you care to mention, winning 50m races in fine company and 400m races in fine company with the same ease. The 200m backstroke is a fact: 2:13 was her pb at end 2012. Shiny suit times? Forget them – a lot of people, including world champions from 2009, never made it back to the same grade again, so significant were the suits – this we know, no point in denying it. Saying a 2:13 swimmer ‘might have done a 2:09/2:10″ and in suits “2:06/7” is a touch of serious hindsight. Fact: she didn’t, nor did she crack out multiple PBs 50 to 400 every stroke and knock the rest of the world for six every time she swam. She has built, since 2013, a profile so unique as to stand out like a skyscraper in a barren field. Do you see my point? And there’s another one: Miley, Beisel, Dirado, Leverenz, Coutts and many others and their coaches – none sit still, they are constantly seeking ways to be their very best and they are all working like hell: yet if I said to someone like Miley – ‘you know that season when your 200 fly best was 2:13, we all knew you could have easily done a 2:06, so now you’re on a 2:04 at 27 seven years on, we all understand the point and think it merits no question whatsoever’. When looking at points, I think, Gergely, it would be good to think: what do other world-class swimmers and coaches think about all this … I know what they think but, understandably, they won’t be quoted. There is genuinely a great deal of head-scratching going on – and that’s not because they’re stupid or bad at their jobs.

Barnabas Mandi

Ger,
reduced program means that she wouldn’t swim all of her individual races with A cut (8).
She will swim the IMs, the backs, and the 4x200free relay / but not alone 🙂 /. I would love to see her in 200free, but definitely not in Rio. And also not in 200fly (L. Szilagyi and Zs. Jakabos would be perfect). We’ll see. We won’t know it till the start of the specific event.
By the way good to see so many Magyars here.

Barnabas Mandi

Morning Craig,
(I answered at the other article but never mind)
And PBs or almost PBs, 50m to 1500m every stroke, LC and SC too 🙂
I think she’ll swim WR in 400IM and I would bet that it will happen in the prelim.

Craig Lord

Just so, Barnabas. The last line would be another first in history, too

aswimfan

I also think she’ll broke the 400 IM WR, it’s on the first day and it’s her first event. I don’t think she will do it in the prelims. Not enough media exposure. Tusup and Hosszu are very commercially savvy.

Remember her first event final last year?
She broke 200 IM WR.
And I rated the 200 IM WR was (and still is) a stronger WR than the 400 IM.

Barnabas Mandi

Finals in Rio will start at 1-3 am, BST-MSK. Prelims are much better for racing against the clock.

Barnabas Mandi

aswinfan,

Note the time zones, please. She has 4 WRs from the possible 5 in IMs. She will try it. That would be another first in history.

aswimfan

Thanks for the reminder about the unusual time schedule for the final. I forgot about that. Let’s see if this affect many events.

Barnabas Mandi

For swimmers from Europe, Africa, East Asia this is the worst period. Better for West Asia, Australia, New Zealand. Optimal for the west coast and pretty good for the east coast of the Americas.
A talented swimmer from Greenland could achieve anything 🙂

aswimfan

For swimmers from Europe, Africa, East Asia this is the worst period. Better for West Asia, Australia, New Zealand.
———————

You must have meant West Asia instead of East Asia, and East Asia instead of West Asia.

East Asia are: China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, HKG, SE Asia (Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Brunei, and the Philippines).

West Asia are: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Iran, Iraq, the middle East.

Barnabas Mandi

Aswinfam, thanks, yes you are right. I missed it.

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