One of the best parts about our sport is the discussion which arises when a specific topic is introduced. So, when John Lohn raised the possibility of a sub-7:40 performance in the 800 freestyle relay by the United States women, a great deal of chatter ensued.
Inevitably, the undeniable impact of shiny suits surfaced once more. As we wait for the day when shiny suit records are wiped from the books, we consider the theme of ‘Barriers’, starting with a look at specific events.
April 6, 2015 -
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
June 26, 2014 -
When Australian James Magnussen fired off a 47.10 clocking in the 100 freestyle in 2012, it looked like the first 46-something performance in textile was around the corner. Alas, the wait is still on, with two-time world champion Magnussen and Olympic title-holder Nathan Adrian pacing the assault.
June 18, 2014 -
In our next look at pioneering possibilities in our series on Barriers, we consider the difficulty of overcoming one of the most singularly stunning statistics in swimming history, one that marked the first moment in an Olympic final in which a woman raced to gold down the last lap faster than her male counterpart in the equivalent race
June 13, 2014 -
A strong and balanced contingent has been established in the chase for the first sub-52 textile performance in the 100 backstroke. Barriers – our series continues