With the 20th edition of the World Aquatics Championship in Fukuoka fast approaching, a common question that has been circulating in swimming communities is “what are athletes doing to prepare.”
Lucky for his viewers, Daniel Wiffen gave a peek into the 12 athlete Irish contingent headed to Fukuoka with medal aspirations. The team made their trek from Dublin to Thailand, over the span of two days before diving right into preparation. The team enjoyed a quick loosen out set, where Wiffen completed around 4000 meters after the long travel day.
The first full training day of the trip included a total of 14000K meters split across two practices. Wiffen noted the first practice consisted of 6500 meters of kicking, some aerobic descends with “dive efforts.” before heading into the higher difficulty evening session.
After the difficult evening set, Wiffen noted that he felt that taper had “officially started” as he got the morning off, indicating the previous evening may have been his peak set leading into worlds. The morning off was followed by a weight room session with fellow Irish national teamers Conor Ferguson and Max McCusker, the latter of which represents Arizona State University in the NCAA. The session appeared to be focused around weighted plyometrics and body weight exercises. Wiffen noted the following evening session was around 6000 meters which was a long aerobic set including some light racing.
The last two sets Wiffen documented included some race pace efforts in tech suits in the morning session, followed up by a recovery set the following evening where Wiffen completed a 5000 meter session.
Daniel Wiffen is a distance freestyle specialist who trains with Loughborough Group and represents Ireland internationally. This past April, he rocked the world standings with a monster 14:34.91 1500-meter freestyle to secure lock in the second seed heading into World Champs, only trailing Germany’s Florian Wellbrock (14:34.89), who just claimed the open water 10K title in dominating fashion. The two Europeans are set for what may be one of the most competitive 1500’s ever, with ½ of the fastest ten men of all time competing, and many other up and coming athletes in the mix as well.
|Name||All-Time Rank||PB||Current Season Time|
|Gregorio Paltrinieri (ITA)||2||14:32.80 (2022)||14:49.02 (11th)|
|Florian Wellbrock (GER)||4||14:34.89 (2023)||14:34.89 (1st)|
|Daniel Wiffen (IRL)||5||14:34.91 (2023)||14:34.91 (2nd)|
|Mykhailo Romanchuk (UKR)||6||14:36.10 (2022)||14:40.21 (3rd)|
|Bobby Finke (USA)||7||14:36.70 (2022)||14:42.81 (4th)|
The 2023 World Aquatics Championships pool competition is set to be held from July 22nd to July 30th in Fukuoka, Japan, where we will see the best swimming talent in the world today, compete for gold, and the title of world champion.