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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Bill till
1 month ago

Seriously overthinking. Morning finals is naturally going to be slower than evening or night. The end.

Curious swimmer
Reply to  Bill till
1 month ago

Michael Phelps would like a word with you

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Curious swimmer
1 month ago

Not just him, I don’t necessarily remember the Beijing Olympics as a whole having slow swims in the morning finals sessions.

Samesame

Super suits

DrFrankenstein
Reply to  Samesame
1 month ago

You know that they wore those suits in the heats as well, right?

Dylan
Reply to  DrFrankenstein
1 month ago

You can’t compare any Olympic Games to this when you’re competing in a dead silent pool with no fans. A summer meet has a more exciting atmosphere

Woke Stasi
1 month ago

By far the BEST FIFTEEN MINUTES you’ve ever had in your podcast. You gotta get Dolan back in a few days to break down the 200 IM.

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 month ago

I finished and thought, I just learned more about 400 IM than I’ve learned in 25 years…

Woodrow
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
1 month ago

That was fantastic Mel! I’ll second the get Dolan back. Awesome perspective, knowledge, and loved the energy. Now off to watch some more finals….

Woke Stasi
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 month ago

Dolan’s Olympic golds are fantastic, but my lasting memory of Dolan is his leading his University of Michigan teammates to the NCAA title in 1995 by the sheer force of his will.

Joe
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 month ago

Want a 30 for 30 on this. Seven guy team right? Or seven scorers?

CheddaShredda
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 month ago

100% why was it so short 😭 would love to hear dolan analyze more races. felt like he had a lot more to say

Charge
1 month ago

Is there a part two?

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Charge
1 month ago

Yes, a full hour

Rob
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
1 month ago

Thank you for posting this, very informative assessment from TD.

Wave 1.5 Qualifier
Reply to  Gold Medal Mel
1 month ago

Can I buy Minutes #16-59 now plz?

Mr Piano
1 month ago

If you gave 2000 Tom Dolan a modern tech suit and breaststroke pullouts, he probably could have won.

Gold Medal Mel
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Ha! Yes. Up vote!

Joe
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

If you would of given the Michael Phelps sitting on the side yesterday he would of won

Anonymoose
Reply to  Joe
1 month ago

would of?

Sunday Morning Grind
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

And more importantly, modern asthma medication that all of the current swimmers have a TUE for.

FlySwimmer
Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 month ago

Can you explain how a swimmer without breathing problems can benefit from asthma medication? Do they take something different from salbutamol?

Coach Mike 1952
Reply to  Sunday Morning Grind
1 month ago

glad you mentioned this – his asthma was legendary

There's no doubt that he's tightening up
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

Honestly right, he was 4:11 in Sydney, a cap and a Mizuno should be worth 2 seconds over 400

Eagleswim
Reply to  Mr Piano
1 month ago

No question

The unoriginal Tim
1 month ago

Really interesting. Can’t wait for the full video.

David s
1 month ago

Good swimming

David s
1 month ago

Good swimming

David s
1 month ago

Good swimming’s

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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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