Qui Bo was awesome. His 4th and 5th dives were breathtaking
Qui Bo was awesome. His 4th and 5th dives were breathtaking
Great Start for the USA Team
Katie Ledecky took gold in the 400m freestyle, she lead the race from the start, just awesome race and went under 4 minutes!!! second swimmer ever to do it, she was excited and surprised about that time. Silver for Spain with Melanie Costa Schmid and bronze for New Zeland. Pre favourite and current olympic champion Camille Muffat of France finished a distant 7th place.
Medal Ceremony, well just the national anthem
Then the 4x100m freestyle relay. Bronte Campbell was stunning with the leading leg, along with Missy Franklin who open for the USA but was well behind the australians and that was almost the pace throughout the race but in the final, Meagan Romano showed a fierce determination and out touched Alicia Coutts and grab the gold for the americans, Coutts was crying in the end but I think she paid the effort because she already swam the 100m butterfly and 200m Medley Semifinals, and then to go and close the relay? maybe was too much under her and with a fresh american team, it was still close but disappointing for the australian girls. Netherlands took the bronze
Congrats to Nathalie Coughlin who was on the relay team and who also was in the american team that competed 10 years ago in the 2003 world at the same pool in Barcelona.
Little interview (in italian)
Men's 400m free, Sun Yang the favourite and he won the gold, silver for Kosuke Hajino of Japan who is going for SIX individual medals at this world championhips and bronze for USA with Conor Jaeger who celebrated his medal like it was a gold, good for him
And in the men's 4x100 meter freestyle relay, a consistent french team make the best out of them and won the race in the final meters, they never had the lead but in the end Jeremy Stravius (a backstroker) was very fast and touched first. USA had a good race, always going in 1st or 2nd but in the end they narrowly defeated the russians who took the bronze medal that must be a bit disappointing since they were considered the favourites considering the guys they have (Morozov, Grechin and Izotov). Australia in fourth place, not the best way to start for them.
A great open for the championships, tomorrow more finals and semifinals including Women's 100m butterfly, 200m Individual Medley, Men's 100m breaststroke and Men's 50m Butterfly (non olympic event)
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And the final diving event, the chinese guy was PERFECT, dive after dive after dive, one better than the previous. He destroyed the field clearly and the score almost breaking into the 600 points!! I have never seen a demonstration like the one Qiu Bo had in the final!!!
Boudia repeat the podium he had in 2011 worlds and backed up his gold from London with a good second place though he lost a bit of ground in the final two rounds but he was with a confortable margin of points he amased in the first 4 dives, nice for him and for taking a medal for the americans who had a poor show at this worlds overall
Sasha Klein, repeated his form and consistency that experience has given him so he took the bronze medal by some 2 points, leting German Sanchez of Mexico in fourth place (another one for the team) who had control over his nerves this time and did a good competition but some small mistakes cost him the medal, good was not good enough so this is valuable experience for German who had some mental issues on nerves before and never managed to qualify to an olympic/world final on this event and now on his first show and ended just shy of the podium. He has learn how to compete and now he has to learn how to win, like the german diver indeed.
Ivan Garcia of Mexico, in fifth with errors on the first two round that cost him the silver medal. If he didn't missed one dive he would probably have won the silver medal. His last 2 dives were almost 200 points between them, specially the 5th round dive when he scored 104 points for a 4.1 DD dive that right now only the mexican divers do in the world. Congratulations still to him, his coach tweeted some positive messages to German and Ivan (he coaches boath) and encouraged them to keep working now that they have the experience and knowing they belong to the best in the world individually not only as a synchro diving couple.
Great future for both Ivan and German, as a synchro couple and individual, as they are young (at 19 and 21 years) and for Mexico's diving program that had an amazing meet in Barcelona, beyond expectations after a good Olympic Games.
Tom Daley with mistakes and inconsistent competition, he will have to work a lot since the youngsters are coming and already surpassed him.
10m Platform Final (Chinese coverage)
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Watching the men's 4x100 relay podium presentation yesterday, and Nathan Adrian appeared to walk off halfway through before coming back by the time they were all standing for photos at the end - anyone know what all that was about?
Sascha Klein is so
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Based on the interview that Phelps did on NBC yesterday, it's pretty obvious that he's coming back. I expect we'll see him in competition at Nationals next year.
Women 100m Butterfly Final
Men 100m Breaststroke Final
Men 50m Butterfly Final
Women 200m Individual Medley Final
Men 200m Freestyle Semifinals plus Yannick Agnel interview (in french)
And the spectacular performance of Ruta Meilutyte in the semifinals of the 100 meter breaststroke:
I hope you can watch it and they dont take off from my channel in youtube, Universal Sports is already claiming rights
Jessica Hardy and Breeja Larson of the USA, advanced to the final but Ruta is the one to beat and really I think nobody can catch her, ir will be a race of her against the clock. But silver and bronze are up for grabs, will see if Hardy finally wins a medal in the event she had the world record now in the hands of the lithuanian.
In the other semifinals, USA poised to take the usual gold medal in the men and women 100m bacstroke, Missy Franklin looked solid and is going to threat the world record tomorrow.
Women's 100m Backstroke Semifinals
Matt Grevers and David Plummer are well poised to step in the top of the podium but they will face fierce battle from the french, a greatly motivated Jeremy Stravius who won gold in the 4x100 free relay yesterday and Camille Lacourt who is looking in god form and shape again, remember this duo tied for the world title in 2001 worlds. Watch out for Kosuke Hagino or Riosuke Irie
Hagino of Japan will go for two more medals in the 200m free and 100m backstroke tomorrow, he could get them but it will be a tough night as he has lots of races still to go and some already on the books, but he is 18 years old and motivated to became the japanese version of Phelps/Lochte
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Universal Sportss the eternal killjoy.
“Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” William Shakespeare
I will post as a spoiler as I know we are getting this earlier over here in Europe:
SpoilerWow - Katie Ledecky just murdered that 1500m WR - she just blew it out of the water - and Lotte Friis also broke the old WR - a new European record for her. Just awesome from both ladies.
Women 100m Backstroke Final
Men 100m Backstroke Final
Women 100m Breaststroke Final
Men 200m Freestyle Final
Women 1500m Freestyle Final
Women 200m Freestyle Semifinals
Men 200m Butterfly Semifinals
Indeed the highlight of today was Katie Ledecky, now we see the reason why she scratched from the 200 meter freestyle, in the 1500 meters she just demolished the previous world record by 6 seconds!!!! She had a good strategy going head to head with Lotte Friis but in the final 300 meters she pulled away and took the gold medal and most importantly the record. And to think she is just 16 years old, wow. She is becoming quite the star of this championships so far, impressive, Missy Franklin we know that she is the star of the US team but Ledecky is making a splash and a tremendous impression worldwide so they are very even, and YOUNG
The final of the women's 100m breatstroke was for Ruta who looked a bit tentative today, maybe some nerves hit her but she still got the gold and will leave with the world record she set yesterday. Silver for Efimova and a bit of redemption for Jessica Hardy who finally wins a medal on the event she hold the record for almost 4 years.
Men's 200m freestyle, Yannick Agnel and Conor Dwyer, training partners and they got the top two spots with the gold for Yannick who was very quiet and under the radar but in the final he just showed why he is the olympic champion! Danil Izotov of Russia took the bronze. Ryan Lochte in fourth place, I guess this will be it for him in the event, maybe should find other to swim.
Missy Franklin gold in the 100m backstroke as expected, not world record performance but good time, there wasn't really a contest for the gold. Australia won the silver with Emily Seebhom and Japan bronze. Same podium as in London one year to date exactly
Chad Le Clos is leading the 200m butterfly field into tomorrow's final, Wu Peng of China and Korzeniowski of Poland will be there for the medals, Tyler Clary qualified to the final but its not clear if he is in form to make the podium, still has a shot.
The americans took 1-2 in the men's 100m backstroke. Matt Grevers in first, David Plummer in second. Jeremy Stravius won the bronze medal. Grevers also took control of the race and never let it go. I was expecting more battle from the two french though.
The semifinals of the women 200m freestyle have Federica Pellegrini again swiming the event, though originally she was not expected to race it. But good decision as she is leading into the final. Missy Franklin did what she need to qualify in second and I think she still has lots on her to show in the final. Melanie Costa Schmid of Spain also looks poised to make some noise and take a second medal at this championships. Camille Muffat qualified and would like to win after the disappointment in the 400 meter final.
USA 3 golds, 2 silver and 1 bronze.
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I'm really impressed with the performance of the U.S. swimmers so far, especially the men. The young swimmers are holding up well and making finals, even if they aren't yet contending for medals. I thought it would take a while for the U.S. men to recover from the Phelps era, but there is still a lot of talent in almost every event.
Ruta MEILUTYTE is so infectiously happy. She is such a great competitor, and I look forward to seeing if she is able to sustain her dominance for the next several years leading into Rio.
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Today Races (still they are all on my youtube channel so take a look!!)
Men's 100m Freestyle Semifinals
Women's 50m Backstroke Semifinals
Men's 200m Butterfly Final
Women's 200m Freestyle Final
Men's 50m Breaststroke Final
Women's 200m Butterfly Semifinals
Men's 200m Individual Medley Semifinals
Men's 800m Freestyle Final
Every time Missy Franklin giggles a kitten gets punched in the face.
To think that fun is simple fun, while earnest things are earnest, proves all too plain that neither one thou truthfully discernest.
Women's 100m Freestyle Semifinals
Men's 200m Individual Medley Final
Womens' 200m Breaststroke Semifinals - Rikke Pedersen and Yulia Efimova incredible performances back to back!!
Men's 100m Freestyle Final
Women's 200m Butterfly Final
Men's 200m Breaststroke Semifinals
Women's 50m Backstroke Final
Men's 200m Backstroke Semifinals
Women's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final
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James Magnussen statement:
Magnussen was asked if beating Adrian was especially sweet after what happened in London.
"No," he said. "You know, if Adrian wasn't such a nice guy, it might be. You just can't hate him because he's so nice. I was just doing it for myself tonight."
Kuddos to him!
And today (Friday August 2) races:
Women's 100m Freestyle Final
Men's 200m Breaststroke Final
Men's 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final
Women's 200m Breaststroke Final
Men's 200m Backstroke Final
Men's 50m Freestyle Semifinals
Women's 50m Butterfly Semifinals
Men's 100m Butterfly Semifinals
Women's 200m Backstroke Semifinals
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