Olympic Champion Tom Dolan Breaks Down the 400 IM Final Results

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Tom Dolan is a 400 IM beast, winning this race in 1996 and 2000. In 2000 Tom broke the World Record dropping a 4:11.76. Think about that! That was 21 years ago in a tiny, non-compression suit. Tom has high 400 IM swimming IQ, and he shares it here, breaking down the Chase Kalisz and Jay Litherland gold and sliver medal Olympic performances.  Daiya Seto is figures prominently, as does Caron Foster who dropped a 4:08.4 on Friday night at the Speedo Sectional Meet in Austin, Texas, 24 hours ahead of the Olympic final, a time that would’ve won the gold. There are a lot of layers to this analysis, and we air them out entirely next week. This 12 minutes is a big teaser.
For those who don’t know what’s going on with Tom Dolan post Olympics. He’s been a force in the learn-to-swim industry with his Tom Dolan Swim Schools. Recently he’s merged with Big Blue Swim School becoming their President of East Coast Operations. This is not a small swim business. Big Blue Swim School is a powerhouse with 130 franchises.

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TheSwimCritic
5 months ago

Does anyone under the age of 30 even know who Tom Dolan is?

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  TheSwimCritic
5 months ago

There’s a huge swim meet named after him every year near DC, so probably.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
6 months ago

This 15-minute soliloquy is ELECTRIC.
Nostalgia factor high here.

2cool4swimschool
6 months ago

Do finals begin at 7 pm EST?

Braden Keith(@braden)
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Reply to  2cool4swimschool
6 months ago

No. 9:30 PM Eastern

Ger
6 months ago

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Anon
6 months ago

I would like to see Tom Dolan on guest commentary for NBC. Very well spoken and knowledgeable and would go beyond “I’m so stoked that was soooo good”. No offense to MP, but give Dolan the mic.

Joe
Reply to  Anon
6 months ago

That doesn’t bring viewers. Nobody who isn’t a swimmer knows who Tom Dolan is

M L
Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

It may not bring viewers to begin with, but it could popularize the sport and make first-time viewers come back and bring others. High-quality commentary makes for a much better viewing experience, especially in swimming, where it’s hard for a layperson to see what’s important and interesting without guidance. I think Phelps could do more of that if they set him loose, but they’ve probably told him not to get too wonky.

Stewie
Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

Nobody who’s not a swimmer knows who Ambrose is, either….

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Anon
6 months ago

Agreed

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Anon
6 months ago

why not have both? dolan will bring out a more analytical side in phelps and phelps will bring the viewers. cut out rowdy

Joe
Reply to  CheddaShredda
6 months ago

I thought Phelps was generally really good yesterday. I agree w this.

Joe
6 months ago

Can we have Tom Dolan break down Michael Andrew’s 200 IM race strategy?

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

Def worth an ask. Ill make the invite to Tom today…

Joe
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
6 months ago

Is the piano a mental block or lactic acid overload from sprinting a 150 before/using sprint freestyle technique at the end of a 200 IM when you have no legs.

dresselgoat
Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

He would benefit from having a mid distance free stroke to use for 35 meters before blasting his 50 stroke into the wall.

Marklewis
Reply to  Joe
6 months ago

Michael Andrew is like a race car that has one speed.

Pedal to the metal, Fly and die, Catch Me If You Can.

David s
6 months ago

Good swimming’s

David s
6 months ago

Good swimming

About Gold Medal Mel Stewart

Gold Medal Mel Stewart

MEL STEWART Jr., aka Gold Medal Mel, won three Olympic medals at the 1992 Olympic Games. Mel's best event was the 200 butterfly. He is a former World, American, and NCAA Record holder in the 200 butterfly. As a writer/producer and sports columnist, Mel has contributed to Yahoo Sports, Universal Sports, …

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