Missy Franklin is the defending World and Olympic Champion in the 100 back, but Emily Seebohm has been consistently sub-59.
Rikke Pedersen of Denmark has emerged as the top 200 breastroker in the world the last few years.
Yuliya Efimova has the most impressive resume of anyone in the field in the 50m breastroke. She is the two-time world champion (2009 & 2013) and was the runner up in 2011.
1. Ruta Meilutyte, LTU – 1:04.57; 2. Yuliya Efimova, RUS – 1:05.17; 3. Kanako Watanabe, JPN – 1:05.69
Katie Ledecky is the undisputed favourite in this event and it does not appear that she will be challenged in the slightest.
Ever since defeating defending champion and heavy favourite Rebecca Adlington on her home soil, Ledecky has been in control of the event.
With Katie Ledecky all but guaranteed a gold medal in this event, the race will be between Mireia Belmonte Garcia, Jazmin Carlin, and Lauren Boyle for the silver medal.
Ledecky has shown a fierce tenacity to go after races with no fear and to do absolutely whatever it takes to win. Both Franklin and Ledecky will be in for a challenge.
Last year there were three swimmers who went sub-53, led by Cate Campbell at 52.62, and two this year with Bronte Campbell and Femke Heemskerk tied at 52.69. Based on the fast performances the last few years, we should see some more 52 second swims this summer.
Cate Campbell once again has the top time in the world for 2015 at 24.03. Based off her recent results and experiences, I think we will see Cate Campbell at the top of the podium in Kazan.
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Sun Yang will look to improve China’s streak in this event to four this summer, after he has won the last two and Zhang Lin won in 2009.
In the past, Sun has proven his talent and closing ability can be lethal. Recently, however, he hasn’t been swimming at the same level since serving his doping suspension.
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It is time for this event to move forward, and continue to get faster rather than stagnate. The silver and bronze medal performances actually got significantly slower from 2011 to 2013.
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