Where 59 Is The New Minute: A Barrier On Life Support As A Wave Of Swim Speed Builds

Adam Peaty at his breakthrough in Berlin - by Patrick B. Kraemer

With the likes of Adam Peaty, Emily Seebohm, Madison Wilson riding the wave in world waters, the race is on to make 58-plus the standard in the stakes of impressiveness. Says John Lohn: Is it fair to say that 59 is dead when it comes to impressiveness? Not entirely. But it is fair to say it’s on life support

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With the likes of Adam Peaty, Emily Seebohm, Madison Wilson riding the wave in world waters, the race is on to make 58-plus the standard in the stakes of impressiveness. Says John Lohn: Is it fair to say that 59 is dead when it comes to impressiveness? Not entirely. But it is fair to say it’s on life support

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Personal Best

Very interesting… as is looking back at Coughlin’s pioneering efforts in 2002. Such a talent and so close to that 59s 13 years later!

59sec is still impressive in some instances… I think the realm of 58s in men’s 100br and women’s 100back is reserved for the cream of the crop, the outstanding, not just the great.
Seebohm’s and Franklin’s efforts truly in a league of their own.

Viva la Bang

59 is still very good, not many have a 58 to their names in either event!

Bad Anon

Seebohm and Franklin have multiple entries for sub 59sec, others just once, in the events listed rule of thumb is sub 1minute to make finals and sub, 59 to medal

aswimfan

Of course we will see a sub 1 minute for women breaststroke, if humans still exist and have not killed each other into extinction or if no large meteors come crashing into earth.

Some rule change may help expedite the process, and so will genetically engineered female swimmers. PED will also help.

John Lohn

To emphasize, 59 is still impressive, but not what it once was, and it will continue to lose luster. Separating 59.9 from 59.4 is key to my point, as that is a huge spread.
Meanwhile, I wouldn’t be surprised if it takes 59-low to make 100 back final in Kazan, with Franklin, Seebohm, Nielsen and Wilson all going under, with perhaps another one or two.

Bad Anon

I would say 59mid to make 100back final, the smarter swimmers would save their energy for finals, even if Franklin goes 59.7 she will still make the final because its doubtful there’ll be 8 faster swimmers than her… Top swimmers are most knowlegable about what they need to make finals, however the margin of error is incredibly slim, 59.79 may be the last qualified with 59.85 locked out in 9th

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