Time To Match Passion With Potential At The Duel

Kromowidjojo and Clary are back but the stars of 2013 are not the stars of 2015 as the Duel still misses a beat on the trail of what could be

Editorial: “Forget about football and other highly paid sports, ladies and gentlemen… Swimming at this level and in this atmosphere is second to none!” tweeted Mauro Pavoni from Glasgow. It is what swimming needs to believe. It is what swimming needs to dream. It is what swimming needs to talk about. It is the lore that leads to new life. Go USA! Go Europe! Time to match that passion with Go Swimming!

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Editorial: “Forget about football and other highly paid sports, ladies and gentlemen… Swimming at this level and in this atmosphere is second to none!” tweeted Mauro Pavoni from Glasgow. It is what swimming needs to believe. It is what swimming needs to dream. It is what swimming needs to talk about. It is the lore that leads to new life. Go USA! Go Europe! Time to match that passion with Go Swimming!

Comments

Clive Rushton

“Not all could give of their best, simply the best they had at that moment.”
That’s what the USA swimmers excel at: “Sometimes your best isn’t good enough. Sometimes you have to do what is required.” Winston Churchill.
Terrific competition. Roll on next time.

SwimFanFinland

A couple of thoughts,

I don’t see it’s important that every line is filled. It may be easier to follow and focus on the battle with less swimmers. Isn’t it the characteristic of a duel that there are fewer swimmers?

The size of teams can be discussed too. I’m for the restricted number of team members. In my opinion it belongs to this format that swimmers have to race and, moreover, recovering and manoeuvring (like saving energy if one leads clearly) is part of the game. I think the sizes of the teams at this 2013 Duel were close to optimal.

If filling up all the lines is seen important, it’s a good point to ponder, as was shortly mentioned in the article above, whether there should be one more team from the rest of the world? But three teams is the absolute maximum. Otherwise it gets chaotic and becomes more difficult to follow. I think the format works especially because of its simplicity, being easy to follow for everyone. It’s like a football game; the situation is seen on the scoreboard.

Craig Lord

SwimFanFinland, absolutely … I wasn’t suggesting a duel with more than 2 teams… just the notion that one day there may be scope for a continental knockout that ends in the top two tribes in the duel, a showcase event like this duel but with the very best possible lineups, essential for making it as meaningful as it could possibly be.

Bill Bell

Nary a word in Sat’s or Sunday’s “World Champion” (LA Times) or on line for that matter.

How ’bout this for a dual-meet?

In years of ECs/Pan-Pacs winners and runners-up in both to face each other @ a mutually agreed upon site?

No World Championahips//no problem.

NO qualifying..

Just four vs. four in ALL events and if you want mixed medley/free relays so much the better.

Who’s No. 1?

This would definitively settle question for year.

And to make it tube-friendly NO races over 800 M.

McGillrocks

Bill-

I think we all know that the US is going to be number 1 or 2 at Pans Pacs and will breeze through any matchup against a european country of australia.

Maybe if we divided the world into zones it could work: North Americas (US and Brazil) v Europe v Asia (China, Japan and Korea) v Southern Hemisphere (Brazil, South Africa and Australia).

As for the existing system, how about this:

Everyone who competes gets $1,000. If you are on the winning team you get $5,000. Speedo agrees to pay anyone who makes a world #1 time $5,000 and a world record setter $15,000.

Add a little money to the pot (and encourage the TEAM aspect by rewarding the victors) and people will be more likely to come.

morrow3

I’m excited that Brazil is now a part of North America! That will make going to Rio in 2016 so much easier!

I’m sure you meant Canada, McGillrocks

One of the issues about the Duel on the American side is bringing younger high school or college to gain experience over some of the National Team members. I can only imagine that the Europeans faced some of the same “politics” that leave a bad taste in the mouths of some.

As for prize money, our American college system doesn’t allow it. So our high school and college kids would be out.

felixtzu

If people want the duel to be a success the first thing to do is just keep plugging away. The longer it goes, and the more established it gets, the more importance it will take on.

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