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World Championships - day 11

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Hello all,

Hannah Miley looks a good bet to add to Britain's medal tally in the 200m IM and British team-mate Gemma Spofforth has been a demon in the 100m back ahead of Monday's semis.

Somebody called Michael Phelps is also in action in the 200m free.

The multi-Olympic gold medal winning superstar is likely to face Germany's Paul Biedermann in Tuesday's final, assuming both get through the semis.

Biedermann took Ian Thorpe's 400m free world record on Sunday.

What do you think of all these new records? And what are your predictions for tonight?

Finals:
Men's 100m free
Women's 100m butterfly
Men's 50m butterfly
Women's 200m IM

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posted Jul 27, 2009

The mens 400 was beaten by 1 hundreth not smashed.
Although the suits are a constant bore. This was an impressive improvement that the others have not made with the same suits.
Also the latest report has changed the nationality of one of the worlds greatest swimmers. Miss Rice has not changed as far as I am aware at least.
Why is such an error not spotted prior to publication? Pretty poor.

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posted Jul 27, 2009

Biedermann had the good grace to admit that his record was not as good a swim as Thorpe's. Likewise, it is not entirely accurate to say he was nowhere last year when he won the European championships.

Predictions for tonight.
-In the 200IM, Miley has an outside shot. But I can't see her beating Rice and Kukors (who apparently is wearing a Japanese suit not seen before in Europe). Likewise Coventry has a history of coasting through the heats and then turning it on in the final. She cruised the backstroke leg in the semi. I reckon Miley will probably come 4th but has a better chance in the 400IM.
-50 fly ought to be Munoz from Cavic with bronze wide open and probably going to who spots a finish.
-The women's fly ought to go to Sjoberg from Schipper with Vollmer or Jiao third.
It's hard to say who will win the 100 free as it is not happening this evening.

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posted Jul 27, 2009

World record broken again by the 15 year old Swede in the 100 Fly.

Tancock makes the final for the 100m backstroke.

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posted Jul 27, 2009

Looking more difficult for Gandy in the 200 fly. Her 100 fly rivals look awesome.

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posted Jul 27, 2009

Correct TonyTorra Miley's fly and backstroke isn't good enough to medal

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posted Jul 27, 2009

Swimming has become a joke. Until the new laws regarding suits takes effect, no world records can be considered valid. As if 5 world records can be beaten in 1 session, absolutely ridiculous!

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posted Jul 28, 2009

Such a shame to see some incredible records beaten by Swimmers who aren't even on the same level as de bruin or Thorpe. These records were earnt with hard graft and not snatched with a beneficial suit.

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posted Jul 28, 2009

Meanwhile in the constructor race the following statistics are telling:

Design, Medals (gold, silver bronze):
Jaked01: 3 2 1
Arena X-glide: 3 1 2
Adidas Hydrofoil: 0 3 0
Speedo LZR: 0 0 3

World Records:
Jaked01: 5
Arena X-gllide: 4
Adidas Hydrofoil: 1
Speedo LZR: 0

One of the problems with suit-gate is that the information is very difficult to interpret as, seemingly, different suits have a different effect on different bodies with different strengths and different weaknesses in different strokes. However, some cautious conclusions can be drawn.
Firstly swimmers that have stuck with the Speedo LZR are almost certainly at a disadvantage. Notably here Adlington, Coventry, Spofforth and Phelps have all continued to use the LZR.
Coventry one of the standout swimmers in Beijing has, indeed, looked second rate finishing a distant 4th in the 200IM and watching her WR fall to Zueva in the 100 back. Two other points that merit consideration.
Firstly, Biedermann swims against Phelps in the 200 free tonight. Biedermann and his X-glide took down Ian Thorpe's mighty textile 400 record from Manchester earlier in the meet and broke Phelps's even more impressive textile 200 CR in the semi last night.
-Of course it is not Biedermann's fault and Phelps's loyalty to Speedo one suspects is driven by sponsorship considerations, but this will be billed like a Hollywood blockbuster with the 'natural' athlete trying to overcome the cyborg.
-The other consideration is the relay. In the 4x100 on Sunday, Libby Trickett broke her prior commitment to Speedo on the basis that her teammates would suffer otherwise. Britain has a chance of gold in the 4x200 with Adlington teaming up with Jackson, Carlin and McClatchey. Prior to the beginning of the championships they would have been marginal favorites. Jackson however does not seem to be getting the same purchase in her hydrofoil as others, Adlington has so far refused to part with her LZR whilst the fast improving Carlin remains an unknown quantity.
However, the Americans will field Schmitt, Vollmer and the astonishing Kukors who have been busy carving huge chunks of PBs in their super-suits.
Adlington could well be in a similar position to Trickett in a few days time.

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posted Jul 28, 2009

Kukors has taken the worst record in the champs so far I feel.

She didn't even qualify by right and took 5 SECONDS off her PB to win that gold now that she is wearing that suit.

I hope she realises that noone is going to view her performance as anything other than techincally aided

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posted Jul 28, 2009

Flyinghurdle.
To put it diplomatically, Kukors performance is more than a little weird.
She barely qualified for the US team on the relay in the trials less than a month ago. Kukors came third in the trials in the 200IM in 2.11.68; respectable but would have not made the final in Rome. Instead she takes down the world record by a massive distance in a 2.06.15 making the 2 outstanding swimmers in Beijing Coventry and Rice look very ordinary. I follow swimming quite closely and had never heard of her before Sunday.
Even taking into account the new suits that's a little odd.

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