The Trend Among Rulers Of The Racing League On Distance

Trail-blazing racing from (clockwise from top) Americans Katie Ledecky and Ryan Lochte, Spain's Mireia Belmonte and Katinka Hosszu (HUN)

Katinka Hosszu – 24km; Mireia Belmonte – 44km; Katie Ledecky – 18km; Ryan Lochte – 12km; Sun Yang – 10km … of long-course racing in 2013. Is multi-racing a growing trend that will catch on and change the shape of the sport – or will the Olympic draw still be the sun around which all things find their orbit?

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Katinka Hosszu – 24km; Mireia Belmonte – 44km; Katie Ledecky – 18km; Ryan Lochte – 12km; Sun Yang – 10km … of long-course racing in 2013. Is multi-racing a growing trend that will catch on and change the shape of the sport – or will the Olympic draw still be the sun around which all things find their orbit?

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McGillrocks

Interesting. Are there any stats for the legends of the past by comparison? It would be interesting to see how much Hackett, Evans, Thorpe and Phelps raced compared to modern racers.

I believe the rise of racing is a good thing for swimming, or at least for swimming fans. Debate it how you want but there really only are about 5-10 weeks of interesting swimming in a given year, and only a few of those REALLY matter or settle anything on the grander scale. Compare that to the NFL, which has a 5 week playoff finale which is preceded by a 17 week qualifier season that in many ways is just as important, a 4 week series of exhibition games and another few weeks of training camp. On the NBA where they have an 8-week, 16 team, 70-100 game battle royale for the title.

Craig Lord

McGillrs: A few examples added – no time to do more right now 🙂

Aswimfan

What about Belmonte Garcia. Probably closer to Hosszu than the others

Not necessarily so.

I know of a world class swimmer who races less than one kilometre a year.

Craig Lord

Not N C: I think there are quite a few…

DDias

Who?Less than 1000meters year?I believe only Cesar Cielo without 100free after surgery do that…(but he will pass that mark with Open tournament in december).

Not necessarily so.

Ok .

3×50 & 3×100 Australia nats . Worlds 2×100 relay 2×100 individual event.

That is 7OO m . You may be able to find a state meet maybe nsw but that would be 2×50 & 2x 100 max .

He could surprise & enter his own state’s titles this month & breakthrough the big K .:)

Not necessarily so.

No I am wrong . Got him mixed up with Macevoy .

Make that 500 known racing & 200 maybe . If he competes 50 & 100 in 2 weeks it will be only 900.

I like it.

DDias

Not N C:
What swimmer do you are talking about it?Is not Magnussen(he was in French Open and in first step of WorldCup).These NSW state meetings happen and we dont even hear about it.

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