Adrian’s Confidence Shows in 100 Free Prelims Swim

  143 Braden Keith | July 31st, 2012 | Featured, London 2012 Olympics, News, Previews & Recaps

The highlight of the prelims of day 4 at the 2012 London Olympics will be the beginning of the men’s 100 freestyle, where Australian James Magnussen looks to atone for a disappointing relay swim from earlier in the meet, and Brazil’s Cesar Cielo will make his debut at this meet: the last swimming superstar to kick off their quest for gold.

Full results are available here (with relay splits – PDF).
Live video stream via NBCOlympics.com (US Only).

Men’s 100 Free – Prelims

A very slow couple of heats left the cutoff to make the semi-finals in this men’s 100 free at just a 48.99, and that’s a good thing for many of the biggest names, as they needed every tenth of that to slide in. That includes Yannick Agnel of France and James Roberts of Australia in 48.93, both of whom should be 47-second medal contenders. Agnel would say after the race that he “felt like a zombie” this morning, after a presumably late night following his win in the 200 free on Monday.

The United States’ Nathan Adrian had no such problems, though, as he was the top seed in 48.19, splitting 22.99-25.20. He can easily be better on both halves of that race.

He was followed by former Auburn Tiger Gideon Louw, representing South Africa, in 48.29. Louw will push through, while his teammate Graeme Moore will not (49.29). Moore had a disappointing South African trials, and missed again here. The Netherlands’ Sebastiaan Vershuren was 2nd in 48.29, followed by a much-improved swim from James Magnussen, the world’s fastest this year, in 48.38. He looked much better than he did in the relay finals.

Canada’s Brett Hayden was next followed by a 6th-place tie between the Cayman Islands’ Brett Fraser and Belgium’s Pieter Timmers. The Belgian sprinters have been outstanding this meet – their 400 free relay was a surprise finalist.

Cullen Jones and Cesar Cielo were also through; Cielo, the master of the early-round slow play, was a 48.67.

Neither Italian swimmer will earn a 2nd swim, with former World Champion Filippo Magnini 19th in 49.18. Germany’s Marco di Carli doesn’t seem to have recovered from a bad trials, and was 18th in 49.03.

Women’s 200 Fly – Prelims

American Kathleen Hersey already looks in spectacular form in this women’s 200 fly after leading all prelims heats with a 2:06.41. That’s already more than a second better than she was at the Olympic Trials, and given her strength she should do well to continue fast swims through all three rounds.

The competition will be better, though, so she’ll have to keep fighting throughout the afternoon. The defending silver medalist, and 2011 World Champion, Jiao Liuyang of China sits 2nd in 2:07.15, followed by Britain’s Jemma Lowe in 2:07.6 and Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, the NCAA Champion, in 2:07.7.

Lowe’s is one of the better swims we’ve seen from the Brits at this meet, though her teammate Ellen Gandy’s 2:09.92 was not: she was out fairly well through the 150, but was sunk by a 35.61 split on the last 50. That left her out of the final by six-tenths with a 2:09.92: four seconds from her season-best. Gandy is the defending World Championship silver medalist.

Other top qualifiers include Hungary’s Zsu Jakabos, having a breakout year, in 2:07.75 – just .04 back of her more accomplished teammate Hosszu.

Japan’s Natsumi Hoshi is the 6th seed in 2:08.04, though she won her heat. American Cammile Adams (2:08.18) and both Spaniards in similar times. China’s Liu Zige, the defending Olympic champion and World Record holder, was 11th in 2:08.72 – fairly pedestrian for her.

Aside from Gandy, there were no significant medal contenders to not make it through.

Men’s 200 Breaststroke – Prelims

The Brits have finally put a charge into the home-town fan base, as Michael Jamieson (2:08.98) and Andrew Willis (2:09.33) took two of the top three seeds. With that, Jamieson blows-away his best time, and Willis ties his.

Willis lit up the arena when he topped two-time defending champion Kosuke Kitajima (2:09.43) in the final heat of the morning by a tenth as Kitajima glided to the wall, while Willis had a near-perfect finish.

Both men were upended, though, by Hungary’s Daniel Gyurta, who’s won just about everything since Beijing (including both World Championships). He will be the top seed in 2:08.71, and should be able to show-off his new-found top end speed a little bit more in the later rounds.

After the Brits came the Japanese, Ryo Tateishi (2:09.37) and the aforementioned Kitajima. It looks like Tateishi is holding things together pretty well on his second taper of the season: something he’s not always able to do. Those two swimmers are the two fastest in the world this year as well.

Next up were the Americans. Clark Burckle is the 6th seed in 2:09.55. He seems to have hit his taper perfectly, as that’s a best time and a second better than his swim from Trials. Weltz was juts after him in 2:09.67 to round out the swimmers under 2:10.

Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis did pretty well with a 2:10.36, but swimming well in prelims hasn’t been his issue. Other swimmers of note include Luxembourg’s Lauren Carnol in 12th in 2:10.83, Canada’s Scott Dickens in a best time of 2:10.95, Brenton Rickard from Australia, and both of the Germans. Marco Koch barely snuck through in 16th. There won’t be any notable absences from the semi-finals.

Men’s 800 Free Relay – Prelims

The American men dominated the prelims of this 800 free relay, but that’s no big surprise given their far-superior depth in the 200 free. Their splits included:

Charlie Houchin – 1:48.22
Matt McLean – 1:46.68
Davis Tarwater – 1:46.33
Conor Dwyer – 1:45.52

That would seem as though the one vacancy in finals would be the spot of Florida Gator Conor Dwyer to lose, unless the American coaches are intending to use Peter Vanderkaay tonight. Both swimmers are coached by Olympic men’s head coach Gregg Troy. Initial indications are that it will be Dwyer’s spot, though we’re unlikely to hear official word until shortly before finals.

The United States ran away with this relay in 7:06.75, followed in 2nd by a French team that was without their best swimmer Yannick Agnel, the individual 200 champion. The best swim was Jeremy Stravius in a 1:47.42 leadoff. He has only relay swims this year, and after being left off of the finals group in the gold-medal winning 400 free relay, he all-but-assured himself of an evening race with that time. Clement Lefert, who was so good in the shorter race, was a 1:46.33, so he’ll definitely be deserving of a finals spot too.

Germany, using Paul Biedermann early as he’s done with individual racing, is 3rd in 7:09.23. Biedermann anchored in 1:45.6, and they also got a very strong 1:47.4 from American-trained Dimitri Colupaev on the 2nd leg.

Australia, a balanced Great Britain lineup, China, South Africa, and Hungary will round out the top 8. China should have one big change to make by putting Sun Yang on this relay in the final, which would improve their time by three seconds or so.

Hungary was led-off by an outstanding 1:47.23 from Dominik Kozma, the fastest leadoff of the field. He scratched the 100 free, as the National Record holder, to focus on this relay, and that seemed to have been a prudent move as they nipped the Japanese by a tenth for the last spot in finals.

The Russians sloughed this prelims relay big-time, and it hurt bad as they were 10th in 7:11.86. That makes for a waste of Danila Izotov’s scratch in the 100 free prelims, as he could have been through to the semi’s. They had a 1:48.8 from Mikhail Polishchuk on the 3rd leg that put them too far behind even for a solid 1:47.3 anchor to make up.

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  1. Rafael says:
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    Robertson is not looking so good to the afternoon..

  2. Fenster says:
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    Adrian looked good, Cielo looked like he was struggling a little.

    • Rafael says:
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      Cielo had a discliplent finish.. he glided too much,, the bad part about than being the first swim of the games..

    • Rafael says:
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      Just found the interview

      Cielo said he held at the end,. and that his body was still a little stiff.. but it felt good for a first swim..

  3. Eve says:
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    Thought Nathan looked good-having an empty lane next to him wasn’t bad either.

  4. Rafael says:
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    Pereira should not have dropped at all his 200 breast..

  5. junker23 says:
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    Conor Dwyer’s in the 4×200 this morning – anybody else think they’re gonna switch out the whole relay again and swim PVK instead of Dwyer in the final? (Along w/ Phelps, Lochte and Berens.)

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      Is berens in for sure?

      • junker23 says:
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        Dwyer just split a 1:45.3 – a lot faster than both of Berens’s swims…so maybe not.

        Wonder if they’ll reason PVK > Dwyer in the 400m gives a spot to PVK over Dwyer, as well as this split is reason to give Dwyer a spot over Berens.

        • swimfan50 says:
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          Forgot that the 400 IM decides the relays…..maybe Lockte will anchor again and have a better outcome….they should have a sizable lead going into the last leg.

        • Aquaphobic says:
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          I understand the argument tp put PVK in the finals, but after putting an unproven swimmer on the 4 free relay (Lochte) and having that turn out poorly, I wonder if the head coach will second guess putting PVK over Berens

    • Huh? says:
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      It will be interesting… Anyone get splits??? Tarwater swam well… Dwyer looked good too… Phelps and Lochte are solid locks, and we have to assume Berens is in based on his individual swim…. Houchin was off…

      So it comes to PVK vs the fastest split from the morning… Tough call…

      All in all, a solid morning… Did what we had to do… Exciting night tonight!

      • Huh? says:
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        For the record… I’d go Phelps, Dwyer, Lochte, PVK in that order… (now that I’ve seen splits).

        It’s clear Dwyer and PVK are feeling it…

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          No way you can leave Berens off the relay. He is a solid 1:46 with a flat start and probably 1:45 with a relay start. Dwyer has to be on the relay after a 1:45.3 morning swim. I predict Phelps, Berens, Dwyer, Lochte.

          • swimfan50 says:
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            This is who I think will swim too and in the order you listed. Surely Lockte can finish this time.

          • jean michel says:
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            i predict that option is the fastest , safest team they can put to keep the french at a good distance . This relay is for USA > Period > Same for the women`800 free relay >

          • Kirk says:
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            Solid 1:46 with a flat start? Well, he was 1:46.87 in the individual event semis. Give him half a second for the relay exchange and he’s 1:46 low. I think you can certainly make the argument to put Vanderkaay in over Berens. It’s not like Berens tanked, but he didn’t great swims in the individual event. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see Lochte, Dwyer, Phelps and Vanderkaay in the relay tonight.

  6. Philip Johnson says:
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    Unless Roberts shows something, it looks like his 47.6 was a fluke.

    • Rafael says:
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      I think Roberts won´t pass to final..

      Cielo and Agnel still has a lot reserved, but will Agnel throw everything having the 4×200 later?

    • Jg says:
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      Hang on . Weren’t you ever 21 & 3 months old ? 4 years ago he was swimming in the jr Aust vs NZ series .

      You seem to want to believe he will never do anything again ever. Would you like him to give up & retire?

      You need a cup of tea & a good lie down.

    • Phelps Fan says:
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      Roberts and Magnussens swims in the past year were not flukes guys. WADA and the British anti doping are just keeping a close on on them. As such they are refraining from taking their daily vitamins.
      Lets hope the worlds genuine best 100m freestyler Adrian wins this. I do suspect the other suspicious come from nowhere world beater Agnel is gonna win it all though.

  7. Philip Johnson says:
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    Russia not in the 800 free relay final? what’s going on with them?

  8. ZYNG43 says:
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    Splits for prelims relay??

  9. ZYNG43 says:
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    Dwyer 1:45.5 they should give him a spot

  10. Philip Johnson says:
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    Ellen Gandy the silver medalist in the 200 fly in Shanghai also did not advance.

  11. Old school says:
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    I was gone for a bit, did Steve Lunquist make the 200 breastbone back to Semi’s?

  12. Josh says:
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    Houchin 1:48.30
    McLean 1:46.68
    Tarwater 1:46.33
    Dwyer 1:45.52

    With PVK in form, it’s hard to argue against him, and no way you leave Dwyer off when he’s a second and a half clear of Berens’ prelim/finals time in the 200 even if you give half a second for rolling starts, Dwyer is a second faster.. Controversial call, but I think Berens is the weakest link. Dwyer, Lochte, Phelps, and PVK should be your night relay.

  13. Paella747 says:
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    This is going to be a great finals session! I’ll be waking up at 3:00am here in Seoul to watch them live!!

  14. Josh says:
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    PVK went a 3:44.8 at Worlds last year and came back right after to win Nationals in 1:46.45 in the 200. He went a 1:48.1 at Trials in semis just missing the final. He went a 1:47 by himself in cold rain early on in taper camp at Vichy. He’s probably 1:46 mid to low from a flat start now based on his drop in the 400.

  15. Jg says:
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    Dwyer Berens Phelps & Ye :)

  16. CARDINAL says:
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    100m free prelim times were brutally slow. No world record tomorrow night, it appears.

  17. DanJohnRob says:
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    I know I’m going to make some enemies here by saying this, and honestly I have nothing against the man (I was rooting for him to qualify in the 200 fly), but they should not have added Tarwater to the team for this relay. The coaches knew they already had PVK in the line-up. PVK and Dwyer should have been in the prelim to “swim-off” for the final!

    • ZYNG43 says:
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      I like Tarwater :( but I have to agree because now they have to leave either PVK, Dwyer, or Berens off. Dwyer was so good that it’ll make me mad if he isn’t on it. If it doesn’t go well people will say PVK was on his game and they made a mistake. If they leave berens off itll make people talk because he qualified individually

    • Tea says:
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      Agree as well. I like Tarwater, but he got a charity spot. There are 5 swimmers who could likely be on the final – Phelps, Lochte, Berens, PVK, and Dwyer. At least two of those swimmers should have been on the prelims race. The coaches showed they’re willing to take a gamble by putting Lochte on the 4×100, but they have to decide if they want to do that again now.

      Assuming USA wouldn’t pull a Russia and blow their medal contention in the prelims, filling out the relay spots should be based on who is most likely to be top 4 on game day. Trials notwithstanding, PVK is more likely to be that guy than Tarwater.

      • gosharks says:
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        The difference is that adding Lochte to the 4 x 100 didn’t DENY anyone a medal opportunity. Leaving Berens off the relay would do that. He “earned” it at Trials with a 3rd place finish, and he’s not ill or injured.

        • Rafael says:
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          Hope troy won´t “Force” locthe on the medley relay and take probaby the only REAL medal opportunity of Jones or Mcgill..

      • Coach says:
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        I hate to point out the obvious, but Tarwater was 2 full seconds faster than Charlie (even with a relay start for Tarwater, he clearly outswam Charlie) and a full second faster than McLean.

        I think Dwyer threw a kink into things. What does Coach Troy do with this one? Lots of coaches on staff in London, and they all have a player in this.

  18. gosharks says:
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    Looks like Lefert was 1:46.33 not 1:47.9

  19. Mark says:
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    I think we should remember that Berens didn’t qualify for mthe individual 200 free initially, it was only when MP scratched that Berens got the spot, making him the 3rd fastest American at trials, therefore not guaranteeing himself a finals spot.

  20. drdov says:
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    berens is always slow
    he’s always the weak link

  21. Shiki says:
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    France could go more faster in the final.

    In the 4×100 free-relay,
    Heats LEVEAUX 48.61, LEFERT Clement 48.14
    Final LEVEAUX 48.13, LEFERT Clement 47.39

    And China will put Sun Yang and Hao Yun in the team, they want a (gold) medal very much.

  22. Philip Johnson says:
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    that’s women’s 200 free is going to a dog fight between Schmitt & Muffat. they are going to take it out hard & fast like the 400 free final. if Franklin or Pellegrini wants to medal, they need to be in striking distance of the leaders instead of sitting back & waiting like they usually do.

  23. Brian says:
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    How come there was an empty lane next to Adrian in the Prelims? This isn’t an age group meet…

  24. jean michel says:
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    the Us sprinters are doing good this year …..very happy for them < way to go

    • Rafael says:
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      Even so, unless Adrian steps up big time.. I see no gold medal on ANY freestyle for USA (individual)

      • Peter384852 says:
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        And I see no gold medal for Brazil in the backstroke, breaststroke, relays, & individual medley. Point is, it’s hard for any country to achieve what your implying considering the level of competition. No need to call out the US like that unless your going to be fair and take all countries into consideration.

        • Rafael says:
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          I agree that BRA has no gold medal chanche on that..

          Don´t understand why is the problem of stating something that everyone is thinking..

          And is not hard for all countries

          You think China, France, Netherlands, china, GBR and Australia were the guys who were pretty sure to won a medal on Free. Only the Australian are showing sinals of choking so far..

          We may have surprises, but these 6 countries and the ones everyone would bet to grab all free golds..

          • peter384852 says:
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            “stating something that everyone is thinking.”

            Didn’t know you could read minds. I only commented because you have stated it numerous times, it is starting to get annoying. it’s like you have it out for the US. Not hard for all countries? Can you give me an example? If it’s not hard, why are you not pointing them out? You have the right to say what you wish, but your biases views are evident.

  25. jean michel says:
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    And the belgians toooo …..hurrrrah

    • aswimfan says:
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      the belgians are doing very very well.

      You are from belgium jean michel?

      • Rafael says:
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        the belgians surpised me positively

        The BIG underachiever on this ( on All Olympics till now) are the hosts..

        • aswimfan says:
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          Yep. I’m still shocked Gandy didn’t advance.

          And Halsall looked too average in the w4x100 free and 100 fly. Nothing to worry Ranomi.

          I wished Alshammar had not been injured :(

          • Rafael says:
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            I´m not talking only about swimming

            GBR is going BAD on All sports till now.. They can probably be the worst host country ever..

          • Jiggsar says:
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            Yar, Great Britain needs a gold medal! That’s what Keri-Anne Payne’s supposed to do.

      • Jean Michel says:
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        yes i am ;;; never seen belgian sprinters do so well . Since european championships in june , they are just stepping up . Very happy for that .

  26. Fernando says:
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    Can anybody say what went on with Schipper on the 200 m butterfly? Thank you.

  27. Ole 99 says:
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    French prelim splits:

    1:47.42 – Stravius
    1:47.56 – Mallet
    1:47.87 – Leveaux
    1:46.33 – Lefert
    7:09.18 – Total Relay Time

    Assuming Leveaux get’s pulled for Agnel, I’m assuming we’ll see something like the following at finals:

    143.00 Agnel
    146.50 Stravius
    147.00 Mallet
    146.00 Lefert
    702.50 Total Relay Time

    Conservatively, I think the US squad will be as follows:

    1:45.00 Lochte
    1:46.00 Berens
    1:46.00 Dwyer
    1:45.00 Phelps
    7:02.00 Total Relay Time

    • Philip Johnson says:
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      isn’t it often the case members of the 800 free relay who participated in the 200 free final usually swim slower?

    • Ole 99 says:
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      Looking at the drops the french swimmers had between prelims and finals last year in Shanghai, I think France’s could potentially get just below a 7:01. Mallet dropped a second on his leg, and Stravius dropped two second switching from lead to the third spot.

      Should be an exciting race. Hope our boys bring it.

      • hkswimmer says:
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        Great point – Stravius is an amazing relay swimmer. Every time he’s swum for France in the finals of a 4×200 he’s gone a 1’45’X

    • bbrswimmer says:
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      why did dwyer get a half of second slower, but all of the french got faster? he went the basically the same time in 400 at morning and night, so he most likely will be 145.50

  28. FREEBEE says:
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    Did anybody see Jones’ swim? He totally cruised 48.6 I am not putting him on the podium but he can make the final and maybe get top 5 which before watching his prelim I thought would be a stretch.

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    Adrian looked great. I think leading off on relay helped him. Looking forward to final. Best of luck team USA!

  30. Jiggsar says:
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    Can’t wait for Cullen and Nathan to share the gold in the finale!!

  31. Kirt says:
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    Looks like Agnel will replace Stravius on the finals relay. Apparently the other three were cruising while Stravius had to swim for a spot. Leveaux especially looks like he could drop. For France to win they need all their guys at close to 1:45, and for the fourth American to be over 1:46. Dwyer could potentially slow down if he doesn’t have clear water ahead of him like in the prelims, but not by much.

    • hkswimmer says:
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      Not sure about that, as Stravius is a proven swimmer and he did lead off. I guess we will see soon enough!

  32. john26 says:
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    Honestly, Adrian did look pretty good this morning, but we can’t forget that he was 47.89 on the relay. There is no reason not to go all out for him, and to tell the truth that time only has an outside shot at bronze, possibly silver if everyone just blows up.

    From the swim Magnussen put in this morning, I think I’m quite confident in his ability to return to sub48 and do so convincingly. The only other individual who is in that territory is Agnel and Cielo. Although there is also a question mark over Cielo given his lackluster morning swim.

    I alluded to this about a week about, but dark horse candidate for a medal has transferred from Garcia to Verschuren. With his improved start (he lost 0.5 off the breakout last year), I could easily see him underneath 48.

    I still say 4, maybe 5 gets under 48 in the final. I think if Magnussen could get under the time Adrian swam to lead the relay in the semis, that would be a huge psychological reprieve that, to me, would reinstate him as the favorite.

    regarding Roberts, to me he didn’t look anymore taxed than Agnel. It looks like they were event he first 50, Agnel inched ahead from 50-75, Roberts came back again but was matched at the end but Agnel’s superior reach.

    • Rafael says:
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      John

      Cielo said he held back and was a little stiff for first tun

      And on all Major championships Cielo is a “slow startet”, he neves goes really good on first round..

  33. Lucas says:
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    Can’t believe nobody put this here yet, given the number of Brazilian posters. This comes from Alex Pussieldi’s “blog do coach”. The text is in Portuguese, but the video says more than 1000 words: Vand der Burgh, Olympic champion and world record holder, clearly takes advantage of the bubbles in the water at the start and dolphin kicks 3 (that’s right, 3!) times before his pullout and ‘official’ dolphin kick. While people are questioning Ye’s feats, this guy clearly is cheating in front of everyone.

    http://sportv.globo.com/platb/blogdocoach/2012/07/31/parabens-van-den-burgh-mais-um-que-entra-para-a-historia-das-trapacas/

    • Rafael says:
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      It was said here before.

      And He said that Sprenger also used the same dolphin kicks..

    • Braden Keith says:
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      Stole our thunder Lucas! Got an email from coach Alex this morning, we’re going to post on it shortly.

    • Philip Johnson says:
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      they need to put an asterisk by the WR. i’m telling you if FINA refuses to enforce their rules & continue to let this happen, other swimmers are going to incorporate it into their strategy. next thing you know, all eight guys are doing it in the final.

  34. John c. says:
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    Holy crap! Awesome video. Unacceptable.

  35. Billy says:
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    Not surprising at all. FINA’s big mistake was allowing even one dolphin kick on the start. It opened the door for more abuse of the rules.

    This problem is very fixable on the national and international level. Just use video cameras, they don’t lie.

    On the brighter side, Breaststroke is the only stroke where there is a lot of room for bending the rules. The other strokes don’t offer the same opportunities.

  36. Philip Johnson says:
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    47.63 for Magnussen. he’s back.

    • Philip Johnson says:
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      48.17 for Cielo, he takes second.

      • Rafael says:
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        I´ve been checking “Live Comments” and they said Cielo held off on the second part.. is that true?

        • Philip Johnson says:
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          Cielo was out fast, he looked good. he did seem to ease up a bit in the last 25 metres.

          • Rafael says:
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            Normal for him

            Cielo has a MAJOR weakness
            He has Horrible Endurance and HORRIBLE recovery.. He is not the kind of guy than can go ALL out in sequence.. He will probably save everything for tomorrow.. on 50 free he does not have that problems..

  37. Philip Johnson says:
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    47.97 for Adrian. Garcia second.

  38. Philip Johnson says:
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    48.04 for Garcia. Agnel 48.23, qualified 7th.

  39. Philip Johnson says:
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    I gotta hear more about Garcia. uhhhhh, lol.

  40. Philip Johnson says:
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    didn’t catch if Roberts was in.

  41. Philip Johnson says:
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    oh, there is a new thread. posting in wrong place lol

  42. Billy says:
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    Garcia is an interesting wild card, Did you see him close the second 50 meters? He came on like a freight train, passing everybody but Adrian.

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