In Briefs: Lagunov Dropping 200 Free from Olympic Schedule

Russia’s Evgeny Lagunov has decided to drop the 200 free from his Olympic schedule and focus on the 100 free instead, according to the Russian Federation.

Lagunov finished 2nd at the Russian Olympic Trials in March in the race with a 1:47.47, placing him just tenths ahead of runner-up Artem Lubuzov and Nikita Lobintsev. That would have lined him up for an individual swim along with Russian star Danila Izotov, who won in a 1:46.56.

Lagunov says that he made the decision right after the 200 final in Moscow. “Yes, I did swim and swim well, but in the individual competition at the Games it will be a difficult for the medals. Especially on the same day will relay 4×100 meters.”

He says that his priority lies in the 400 free relay, where he was only 6th at Trials with a 49.02. He believes that the Russians have a real shot at challenging the Americans, French, Australians, and Brazilians for a medal in that relay; enough of a chance to scratch his lone individual event at the least.

This is a peculiar decision, and one that may indicate that he’s been given some kind of assurances by the Russian Federation that if he were to swim well in the prelims of the meet, he would be bumped up into the finals on the basis of his 48-low in 2010 (he was on the finals relay last year at the World Championships). Otherwise, this decision is a bit peculiar, as the Russians have enough depth to get through prelims in this relay even if Lagunov is on his second swim of the day.

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Very strange!!


Smart choice – he could medal in either of the free relays, but he’d have to drop 3 seconds for a medal in the individual 200 free. I assume one of the other Russians will take his spot in the 200 free?


Sure, the russians have better chance to medal in the 4×200 free than in individual 200 free, but to sacrifice that individual swim??? It’s not like he has another individual swim.
Or, the Russians are very very confident of their chance in the 4×100 free


I meant “have better chance to medal in the 4×100 free”


The Russians are almost on par with the french and both are about a second ahead of Brazil.. So I think they have a shot for Medal at 4×100.. After US trials we will see also how good they stand

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