W200IM: Siobhan-Marie O’Connor Shatters Games & Brit Records For 2:08.21 Victory

Golden girl in 2014 Siobhan-Marie O'Connor [Photo: Ian MacNicol]

Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has been enjoying a stellar week but the icing on the cake was poured in layers of butterfly (27.37), backstroke (1:00.02), breaststroke (1:37.41) and freestyle for a 2:08.21 triumph over 200m medley that shattered records British and Games; world champ Katinka Hosszu’s Euro textile best just 0.3 away

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Siobhan-Marie O’Connor has been enjoying a stellar week but the icing on the cake was poured in layers of butterfly (27.37), backstroke (1:00.02), breaststroke (1:37.41) and freestyle for a 2:08.21 triumph over 200m medley that shattered records British and Games; world champ Katinka Hosszu’s Euro textile best just 0.3 away

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commonwombat

There MAY be an illness factor to Coutts’ “off colour” performances at this meet. Apparently there was a virus in recent weeks that hasn’t fully left her system if her post-race interview is to be believed.

Under those circumstances, her 2nd should be considered creditable. Having said that, a fully fit and firing Coutts may’ve been pushed to beat O’Connor tonite. This was a totally world class swim

KeithM

Siobhan is a monumental talent with potential in many events. She could really be the headline swimmer for the British team in Rio.

KeithM

On another note I’m glad SwimVortex is using quality pictures of the athletes. The ones on the official Commonwealth website are mostly unflattering. It looks like they were taking pointers from the Olympic athlete credential photographers.

Dee

Commonwombat,

Coutts would have needed a personal best, right? Faster than Coutts has ever swum, so I doubt Coutts could have won this even if she was in good shape. Having said that, she performed admirably to grab the silver in a decent time – I think she could have gone faster (2.09 high) but she panicked on backstroke, seeing O’Connor so far ahead. O’Connor went 32.6 and Coutts was coming back on her, that’s suicidal.

felixdangerpants

Wombat there is nothing wrong with Coutts. She has had a massive taper & done very low mileage for the past month & this has completely backfired on her. She is also eagerly awaiting marriage & motherhood so swimming may no longer be her priority in life. I would be surprised to see her swimming in Rio. I can’t see her ever being faster than what she was & even that won’t be enough to medal in Rio. She will also be no chance of freestyle relays (at night) & then you have McKeon & Groves coming through in the 100fly.

commonwombat

LOL, Dee. Coutts actually went 2.08.15 for her silver in London so actually it wouldn’t have needed a PB ….. just the nearest thing to it ! Didn’t see her really “dying” as in her other races …. 2.10.30 was probably a significant advance on what most thought she had in her going on previous swims.

Bad Anon

2.08,21 would have won gold in Beijing and Shanghai. The splits were very even, with clear strength on fly and breast. Always room for improvement, a 30low ensuring a sub 2.08 and a challenge @ Ye’s textile topper of 2.07.57. Kazan and Rio will be super exciting… We could be seeing a 2.06 sooner than we thought….

Bad Anon

*30low on freestyle

commonwombat

Felix; you could be right. I was only reporting what was aired via TV broadcast not stating it as gospel truth. Have heard other reports that she’s considering “pulling the plug”; again they too could be correct.

With regards to some of her events; she would certainly leave a significant gap in this event where there really is no one of any quality coming through and the only other approximating intl class is Seebohm who is probably best served concentrating on BK. The other event would be 100fly where she may be covered by Gandy returning to previous form, McKeon and potentially Groves.

Dee

Commonwombat,

My bad, I apologise, I thought 2.08 was her best time. I still say the same, I don’t think Coutts could have won tonight. Her race in London was perfect, everything went right – She never really approached 2.08.1 again, what was her next best, 2.08.6ish under no pressure whatsoever at Australian nationals? Other than that, her major meet times aren’t ‘super’ fast really…

Delhi – 2.09.7
Shanghai – 2.08.9
London – 2.08.1
Barcelona – 2.09.3
Glasgow – 2.10.3

Barcelona and Delhi times are actually closer than her performance this evening in Glasgow. Alicia didn’t have the natural talent of other swimmers, she had to work bloody hard, she always struck me as a workhorse – She met a young lady tonight who is a monumental talent and she was beaten.

Dee

I’d say her back is as strong as her breast on the IM, Anon – 32.6 is pretty swift.

Torchbearer

Alicia, very reluctantly, confirmed she has been sick for 2 weeks in an interview after this race. Unlike many Australians she consistently peaks at the big events (Delhi, London) and does PBs. So sad for her that she isn’t at her peak. Best wishes for the PP in 3 weeks.

Zali

That 2.08.21 is an amazing time.
Her start is the best amongst all female swimmers here. Good to have such a big lead at the start…at least it caused psychological-doubts to her competitors.

Bad Anon

@ Dee, i totally agree with you. I’m saying, in order to so sub 2.08; a freestlye split closer to 30s than 31s will be helpful. 30.8 is pretty swift too for a freestyle leg; Ye can swim 29.32 freestyle @ her best (london ’12) and Ye swam 29.42free split in Shanghai. Thats almost 1,5 faster than SMO on one leg in a 200IM. Rice split 30.09 in beijing albeit in a 50% rubber suit. Thats the sort of split SMO will need to prevent Ye from tracking her down and passing her IMO. In all fairnes her 2.08.21 was split to near perfection. Ofcoz, there is always room for improvement…..

commonwombat

There may also be an issue of having domestic competition to keep her on her toes. The next best Brits are essentially 2.10-11 swimmers (yes Miley did go 2.09 but in suits). Concur with the consensus that she is a great talent; will be interesting to see, down the track, which events she’ll prioritise and which may be jettisoned.

Craig Lord

Yes … room for improvement but that 30 point is still very fast last leg and is what she can do right now as a 1:55.8 200 freestyler (and that being more than 1sec faster than Ye’s best)

Bad Anon

@Craig Lord. Indeed, but she’ll need a lot more than 30.8 freestlye to hold off Ye in the last 50. Coutts split 29.90 on freestyle in what was a very gutsy swim in London and she’s on 1.56 200freestyle… We all know Ye for her big finishes; 29.32 in the short medley and 28.93 long medley all @ the london olympics

Craig Lord

Indeed we do know those splits Bad Anon.

Dee

Siobhan is getting stronger very quickly – Until this year, she regularly split 32.5 on her freestyle leg. In Barcelona, she went 2.09.6 and her freestyle split was 30.19. We saw in the 200FR Siobhan is a fighter, nobody thought she’d be that close to Emma but she hung in there and had a brilliant scrap. Last night she was alone and 3 clear meters out on the rest of the field. I am not suggesting she could have gone 30 low, merely that she wasn’t really under pressure.

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