Articles by Daniel Takata

More Countries Than Ever Won Medals At The 2024 World Championships

Daniel Wiffen won the first two Irish medals in swimming history at the World Aquatics Championships, claiming double distance gold in Doha.

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Kristel Kobrich Ties All-Time Record With Eighth Worlds Final Appearance In Single Event

With eight appearances in the World Championship final of the women’s 1500 free, Kobrich ties Federica Pellegrini (200 free) for the most in history.

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No Americans Broke A World Record In 2023, The First Time In 78 Years

We went a full calendar year without any U.S. swimmers breaking a world record in 2023, something that had last happened in 1945.

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A Brief History of Women’s Participation In Olympic Swimming

Women’s participation has been consistently growing at the Olympics, but in swimming, it’s still not at an equal 50 percent share with the men.

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Comparing The NCAA Championships To Short Course Worlds

Using time conversions, which meet is more competitive?

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Sprinting Into 200-Yard Events

In order to be elite in the 200s in short course yards, you need the speed to get out fast. Really fast.

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The Impact of Non-U.S. Swimmers In The NCAA

Frenchman Leon Marchand is one of several male swimmers who have taken over the NCAA in recent years.

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There Has Only Been 1 Short-Course WR in 2023 — Has the Number Ever Been So Low Before?

Besides 2023, the only other year in which only one short-course world record was set was 2011, when Missy Franklin broke the women’s 200 back standard.

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How Often Do Reigning World Champions Win The Olympic Title The Following Year?

Michael Phelps won the same event at the Olympics as he did at the previous year’s World Championships numerous times, including five in 2007/2008.

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How Many Swimmers Have Reclaimed A World Record?

Aaron Peirsol is one of only two swimmers who have reclaimed a world record they previously held three times, joining Japanese breaststroker Kosuke Kitajima.

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Kaylee McKeown Is Just The Third Swimmer To Hold 50/100/200 LC World Records Simultaneously

In breaking the 50 back world record, McKeown joined Penny Heyns and Lenny Krayzelburg in the elite group of swimmers to hold 50/100/200 WRs at the same time.

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Are Super-Suit Era Swims Still Ahead of Their Time?

After the onslaught of world records we saw in 2008 and 2009, swimming appears to have finally caught up to the times we saw with the super suits.

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What Is The Best Way To Compute Olympic Qualifying Times?

Due to World Aquatics selecting OQTs with a singular result from the previous Games, the standards aren’t equal across events.

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Sarah Sjostrom’s 14-Year Gap Between Individual World Records Is The Biggest In History

Sjostrom’s 14-year gap between individual world records is nearly double the next-highest mark in long course meters.

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The Biggest Margins of Victory In The History of The World Championships

Sarah Sjostrom has won the women’s 50 fly four times at the World Championships, including topping the field by nearly eight-tenths of a second in 2017.

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