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2013 FINA World Championships (Swimming, diving, etc.)

Discussion in 'Other Sports' started by ross_hy, Jul 20, 2013.

  1. Braulio

    Braulio Pleasantly pleasing with Peggy

    Today Races

    Women 100m Backstroke Final

    Men 100m Backstroke Final

    Women 100m Breaststroke Final

    Men 200m Freestyle Final

    Women 1500m Freestyle Final :kickass:
    Part 1

    Part 2

    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.
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2013
  2. SpeedySucks

    SpeedySucks Active Member

    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.
  3. Jayar

    Jayar Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. Braulio

    Braulio Pleasantly pleasing with Peggy

    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
  5. Dave of the North

    Dave of the North Well-Known Member

    Thanks Braulio! :cheer:

    Sun Yang was not to be denied in this race! Very exciting to see Ryan Cochrane come back in the last 50 and get the bronze! :cheer:What a battle with the Americans.
  6. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    Every time Missy Franklin giggles a kitten gets punched in the face. :revenge:
  7. oleada

    oleada Well-Known Member

    Ruta :) :) :)
  8. Braulio

    Braulio Pleasantly pleasing with Peggy

    Today Races

    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
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2013
  9. Braulio

    Braulio Pleasantly pleasing with Peggy

    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

  10. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    i'm hoping katie ledecky will win the swimmer of the year award but i think missy will be winning it because she has more golds.. ledecky was fantastic in this year's worlds.. complete sweep of 400m, 1500m, and 800m.. she even beat muffat in 200m relay!!
  11. Gabybackhand

    Gabybackhand Member

    I am pretty sure Ledecky will win swimmer of the year. Typically they go by individual performances, not relays. The only time they didnt do that was last year when Phelps was given (gifted) Swimmer of the Year over Sun Yang, but that was mostly a retirement present for Phelps. Both have 3 golds from Worlds but Ledecky beat tough WRs in two of the races which gives her a clear edge. Has Franklin even bested a World record all year.
  12. Lorac

    Lorac Well-Known Member

    That was sweet. Becky has been commentating for the BBC and has said since Ledecky totally smashed the 1500m WR earlier in the week that her 800m WR was going to go and she was really quite happy with that as she felt that 5 years was a good run for a WR and that the sport needs to move on. It was actually closer than I think many expected - Becky thought Ledecky could break 8:12 - but Ledecky has had a very full schedule so she may have been a tad more tired than she would usually be. Still 2 WR in a meet is good going for any swimmer.
  13. allezfred

    allezfred Master/Mistress of Sneer Staff Member

    US DQ in 4x100. :eek:
  14. Lorac

    Lorac Well-Known Member

    :eek: is right - the 1st handover was screwed up - they will be really po'ed!!!
  15. AlexDSSF

    AlexDSSF Member

    I'm probably going to get in a lot of trouble for saying this, but here goes: I'm no longer a fan of swimming, and I say that as a long-time Olympic fan. Why? These massive medal campaigns, that's why. Forgive me for being cynical, but ever since Michael Phelps won 14 Olympic golds at Athens and Beijing, it's now become commonplace for swimmers, mostly American, to attempt and win wheelbarrows full of World and Olympic medals in ond fell swoop. So commonplace that it's become... boring. And most of these athletes have no serious international competition willing to knock a medal or two or three out of their rivals' hands. It's gotten to the point where I'm excited to see someone who is not an American (or Chinese or Russian) win an Olympic or World title in any of the aquatics sports. For the life of me, I do not know what the point of all these table-running campaigns is. Is international competition in aquatics that shallow to the point where American swimmers (even the less ballyhooed ones) can, for lack of a better word, be greedy? I don't understand the point of Michael Phelps and Missy Franklin and Ryan Lochte setting and mostly succeeding on these exorbitant goals, which seem to be less about their talents and more about making the USOC and NBC Universal big bucks come Olympic time. When Mark Spitz won seven Olympic gold medals in Munich in 1972, that was a rarity. Now, it's seen as a failure if an American swimmer doesn't run the table. I don't even like watching aquatics sports anymore. It's practically a given that the Americans will clean up in swimming, the Chinese will clean up in diving, and the Russians will win every synchronized swimming gold medal just by showing up. I haven't even gone to the pool for a recreational swim in years. That's how disillusioned I've become. End rant.
  16. Gabybackhand

    Gabybackhand Member

    I found the long time dominance of Phelps incredibly boring, in part since he doesnt even seem like a nice or remotedly likeable person, making it hard to root for him. I admit I followed loess swimming during the Phelps era of 2003-2012 than any other, minus 2009-2011 when Lochte displaced him as the best in the World for awhile and made it more interesting by that alone. However I dont have a problem with swimmers trying to win as many golds or medals as they can, including Phelps. I prefer that to the times when wondering how some swimmers could do in various events if they just swam them at big events. Atleast now you always find out how well every swimmer can do in any event as they all swim as many as they can. If a swimmer ever comes along who could medal in all 13 individual Olympic events (aka someone even better than Phelps) you will probably see them swim all 13. The mentality is just changed now.
  17. Yehudi

    Yehudi Snarks about Volchkova with love

    It's not really Phelps' or Lochte's or Franklin's fault that the Aussies are rebuilding or Thorpe burned out or the Russians only now are competitive again. If they want to train to the point that they need to eat 10,000 calories a day, more power to them
  18. love_skate2011

    love_skate2011 Well-Known Member

    dont follow much of swimming
    how did Australia fare in this Worlds, was it deemed a failure like in 2012 Olympics ?
    they didn't come 3rd in the ranking with a surprise Russia in 3rd, bad Worlds for Australia or Russia just got lucky ?
    no surprise at the top medal table lead by the US
    China in 2nd , they must have swept the diving :p
  19. Gabybackhand

    Gabybackhand Member

    Thorpe is in his 30s. He wouldnt be a big factor at this point even if he hadnt burned out.
  20. riveredge

    riveredge Active Member

    lol. you can't blame the US team for being dominant in swimming. :rofl:

    as for the DQ of the US team in men's relay.. i'm not really surprise. it happened in 2007 worlds when team usa was dq'ed in the prelims w/ ian crocker in the butterfly leg..
  21. Angelskates

    Angelskates Well-Known Member

    Russia being 3rd was not a surprise. Australia had 14 medals overall, hardly a failure. Sure 11 (?) of them were silver, but silver is still better than bronze ;) I didn't think any of the medals or the medal table was a surprise at all.
    Last edited: Aug 5, 2013