The men’s 4×100 freestyle relay at the international level is always emotionally charged. A lot of national pride resonates. Predictions from swim fans run wild.
At the 2013 FINA World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, Team USA has to step up, has to fill the void of Michael Phelps…no easy feat. At the moment, Team USA’s 4×100 freestyle relay appears to be Nathan Adrian, Jimmy Feigen, Anthony Ervin and Ryan Lochte (though that may change depending on Matt Grevers, Ricky Berens or even Conor Dwyer’s performances). Challenges will come from France, lead by Yannick Agnel, Russia, helmed by Vlad Morozov, and of course the Aussies, starring James Magnussen.
I spoke with SwimSwam’s editor-in-chief, Braden Keith, aka The Machine, a man who is not afraid to make predictions. The Machine said this:
“The Aussies are focused, doing no media before Worlds. They’re sharp. The French will have trouble repeating without Yannick Agnel feeling in full shape, unless he dupes us all and is in full shape. The Russians have already performed, but they need to prove that they can perform twice in a month… At the end of the day, I think the Australians win this one with Magnussen at the helm. Without Michael Phelps, I don’t know that the US has the 4th guy to get on top, and even if Russia and Australia are both ‘good’ and not ‘great,’ at least one of the two will be too talented to lose.”
I’m picking Team USA over the Aussies by a fingernail. Russia takes the bronze. France finishes out of the medal hunt after a stunning performance in this event at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
See full coverage of the 2013 FINA World Championships here.
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