Rio 2016 Olympic Preview: Campbells Look To Go 1-2 In Women’s 100 Free

As with the women’s 50m freestyle race predicted for this summer in Rio, the 100m freestyle looks to potentially have an American-less podium as well. With powerhouses such as the Campbell sisters from Australia and a dynamic duo from the Netherlands, there isn’t much room for anyone to slide into the final not holding at least a 53-low from semi’s.

In fact, the last time the United States saw a gold medalist in the women’s 100m freestyle was back in 1984 when Nancy Hogshead and Carrie Steinseifer tied for the top prize. The last American to earn a medal of any color was Natalie Coughlin, who came away with Bronze in Beijing at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Headed into Rio, Cate Campbell of Australia is on top of the world in this event, literally, as she cracked a shiny new world record in the Brisbane Grand Prix earlier this month. Running concurrent with the U.S. Olympic Trials, Cate’s admittedly unexpected 52.06 world record put the American sprinters’ times in perspective, as the top two Americans, Abbey Weitzeil and Simone Manuel, earned times in Omaha of 53.28 and 53.52, respectively. Although speedy in the midst of the stars n’ stripes field, only Weitzeil dipped into the world’s top 10 with her time checking in as the 8th-fastest.

Bronte Campbell (AUS) earns her 2nd World Championship title, this time in women's 50m free with 24.12 on Day 8 of 2015 FINA World Championships (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Bronte Campbell (AUS) earns her 2nd World Championship title, this time in women’s 50m free with 24.12 on Day 8 of 2015 FINA World Championships (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

‘C1’, as Cate Campbell is often abbreviated, wound up 3rd in Kazan, touching in 52.82 to claim bronze at the 2015 World Championships. At that meet Bronte Campbell (‘C2’) upstaged her sister, doubling up on sprint world titles by winning both the 100m and 50m freestyle events. Bronte slammed down a 52.52 for the win in Russia, a mark which still sits 2nd in the world, only surpassed by C1’s World Record. The two sisters keep pushing each other to new heights and will look for a very possible 1-2 finish in both this event and the 50m freestyle at the Games.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo matches her own world record in the 50 free (photo: Mike Lewis)

Ranomi Kromowidjojo matches her own world record in the 50 free (photo: Mike Lewis)

Also lurking in the top tier of talent, however, are two Dutch teammates in Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Femke Heemskerk. For Kromowidjojo, the 25-year-old is the defending Olympic gold medalist in both this event, as well as the 50m freestyle, so big-stage experience is on her side. She also equaled her own 50m short course freestyle world record at last December’s Duel in the Pool (23.24), proving her fast-twitch muscles are still at the top of their game and ready to take on the field in Rio.

Although Heemskerk put up a 5th place time of 53.58 in Kazan, she has previously cranked up the heat by scoring a marks of 52.69 and 52.79 at the Eindhoven cup in April of last year. Those two outings represent her first venture into sub-53-second territory, not too shabby months out from an Olympic Games. For her to approach the podium in Rio, however, she’ll most certainly need to dip even further into the 52-second range to keep up with the likes of the aforementioned competitors, including teammate ‘Kromo’.

Sarah-Sjostrom - European Championships 2016, photo by Peter Sukenik / petersukenik.com

Sarah-Sjostrom – European Championships 2016, photo by Peter Sukenik / petersukenik.com

Current world record holder in the 50m and 100m butterfly events, Sarah Sjostrom from Sweden has proven on multiple occasions that she is a mighty force when it comes to sprint freestyle as well. Claiming the silver in Kazan in a time of 52.70, the Swede has registered 52-point times on 10 separate occasions throughout her career. Her quickest of the Rio-qualifying period 52.70 from Kazan sits just 2nd to her personal best of 52.67 scored in 2014. With the 100m freestyle event taking place on day 5, Sjostrom will have already competed in the 100m butterfly and 200m freestyle events, which may come into play in terms of fatigue when competing against fresh swimmers in the lanes next to her.

Also doubling up on the 100m and 200m free events is Italy’s ever-present Federica Pellegrini. The current world record holder in the 200m race, Pellegrini carries a new 100m free personal best of 53.18 she just clocked this summer in Rome, ranking 27-year-old 7th in the world. She has the honor of carrying her nation’s flag in the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony and may be out to prove she can shine on the sport’s biggest stage, coming away medal-less in London after earning an individual silver in Athens and gold in Beijing.

Federica Pellegrini ancor's Italy's 4x200m freestyle relay to seed them fastest for tonight, (courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com)

Federica Pellegrini, courtesy of Tim Binning, theswimpictures.com

On the other end of the age spectrum is teenager Penny Oleksiak from Canada. At just 15 years of age, Oleksiak crushed a new World Junior Record in the 100m freestyle event, stopping the clock at a remarkable time of 53.31 this past April.  That time broke China’s Shen Duo’s world junior record of 53.84 and took down Chantal Van Landeghem‘s Canadian record of 53.83. In the prime time age that can render significant time drops with each swim, Oleksiak is certainly one to watch in Rio and beyond.

 

 

 

Place Swimmer Country Best Time Since 2012 Olympics Predicted Time In Rio
1 Cate Campbell Australia 52.06* WR 51.9 * WR
2 Bronte Campbell Australia 52.52 52.3
3 Sarah Sjostrom Sweden 52.7 52.4
4 Ranomi Kromowidjojo Netherlands 53.14 52.6
5 Femke Heemskerk Netherlands 52.69 52.9
6 Federica Pellegrini Italy 53.18 53
7 Penny Oleksiak Canada 53.31* WJR 53.2
8 Abbey Weitzeil USA 53.28 53.2

Update: We originally had 3 Australians swimming in the final. It has been corrected.

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  1. IRO says:

    Wait, Emma McKeon is competing? How do they have three entrants?

  2. samuel huntington says:

    three Australians????

  3. Hswimmer says:

    Weitzel will final

    • Ted J says:

      Weitzeil will be under 53 flat start. She will also be 52 low on relays. She seems to thrive under pressure.

      • ERVINFORTHEWIN says:

        She will surely deep time and get under 53 – i would place her around 5th or 6th in the final with a 52.8

  4. Gold says:

    Yikes Americans:(

  5. marklewis says:

    Cate Campbell and her sister going 1-2 would be one for the ages, since it’s never happened before.

    They’re swimming the fastest times ever in the 100 free.

    Breaking 52 seconds would be “icing on the cake” to use a cliche.

  6. Torchbearer says:

    Has anyone in recent times smashed an Olympic Record like McKeon did at the Australian Trials, but was unable to get a berth at the Games? Incredible depth.

  7. Bill Bell says:

    Ranomi and Abbey ain’t gonna roll over and play dead for the Campbell’s, neither us Sjostrom or Franny Halsall. Bronte’s win @ Kazan was a fluke. She’s got two chances @ Rio, ski ski and none ski and skimski just walked out the old door ski!

    Weitzeil’s young and hungry and eager for a breakthrough.

    Pellegrini?

    She’ll be so crushed getting whipped by Ledecky/ Franklin in rage 200 she won’t even make Top 8 in the 100,

    Manuel could be an outside Smoker and Halsall wants to,prove her wind @ GlSgiw/ Berlin two years ago were no flukes.

  8. 5wimmer says:

    Swimswam are you feeling ok? That’s twice today you’ve predicted Aussies to do well/improve upon their times!!!

  9. King in da norf says:

    Cate
    Bronte
    Sarah

  10. Prickle says:

    Sarah Sjostrom was trying to make the historical sweap of all sprinting events in Kazan: 50,100 fly and 50,100 free. She sacrificed the 200free title in order not to disturb her sprint tuning. And yet there was no progress shown in personal bests at free disciplines. Her April performance this season where she was definitely tapered showed that she is still at Kazan level. In Rio her 100 free race comes after a great deal of tough events. She won’t be better than 52.6 and most likely her personal best will stay unchanged.
    Actually the first day of competition will answer many questions what Sjostrom is capable of at these Games.

    • Nick says:

      She doesn’t need rest to swim 52,8 100m free, 24,2 50m free, sub 56 100m fly or 1:54.3 200 free, her only taper starts before RIo

      • Prickle says:

        That is what she’s swum in Kazan, Nick. So, logically speaking the fact that she showed same times this spring tells us that she either made a huge progress since Kazan swimming untapered at the WC level
        or she was tapered in April and there was no progress
        or she wasn’t tapered in April but just forgot to taper before World Championships and showed there her in-season times 🙂

        You believe in option #1. I’m tending to stay with option #2. That after 9 months of hard training and four months prior OG Sjostrom made a check point of where she was standing and if any adjustments were required. There was no reason to swim that fast just for the purpose to get selected to the team.

        • Swimfan says:

          “Prickle”, I can tell you that Sarah was not tapered back in April, and the times she have done untapered this spring is better than she have ever done untapered before. So, I would go with option 1 and since I know Swedish and have been able to see multiple interviews with both Sarah and her coach I feel like they’re really comfortable with her swimming faster than ever in rio

          • Prickle says:

            Then something very spectacular awaits us in a few weeks. As I mentioned already, the first day with her fly and free races will tell us a lot about her form.

  11. Dee says:

    Big times calls right down the field.

    I fancy Oleksiak for a big time drop (again) – Since her 53.31 at trials she has been 53.4-53.6 four times. Ben Titley is a genius for peaking his swimmers (guiding Halsall & Tancock to the top, taking Amy Smith from a 56.0 freestyler to a 54.0 girl in her mid 20s etc) and has done so much for the Canadian sprinters – Vanlandeghem, Oleksiak, Mainville & Willaims have all improved hugely under him.

    1. Cate Campbell
    2. Sarah Sjöström
    3. Penny Oleksiak

    Really hard to call silver & bronze – Hard to leave Bronte out.

    • Prickle says:

      Three swimmers in this race will be of much interest to me.
      Cate Campbell because of her greatness and possibility to witness something that may not happen again for many years.
      Penny Oleksiak – whoever looks at her splits sees that she is tailored for this race: a lot of potentials.
      Femke Heemskerk – I wish this huge talent to succeed finally.

    • Zika Ziki says:

      Good call. Penny Oleksiak reminds me of Cate Campbell in 2008:
      Tall, clearly hugely talented sprinter, and qualified for Olympics in sprint events at the age of 15. However, not sure if Oleksiak will medal here. The depth and incredible talent in women 100 free is currently at an all time high.

      Not sure about Bronte out of medal though. I’ll take Bronte against Sarah in 100 free final.

      • irviner says:

        I agree, Oleksiak is tremendously talented and has a bright future. However, it is extremely hard to medal in this competitive field. Personally, I think for her to dip under 53 and final would be really great. I’d love to be proven wrong though!

    • G.I.N.A says:

      Bronte is a dual world champion plus put up the fastest relay split of 51.7.

      Tough crowd here.

      • Dee says:

        Indeed – But I recall reading about on-going shoulder complaints for Bronte in Australian media. I like to spice up a few of my predictions 😉

        • commonwombat says:

          More hip issues than shoulder, Dee, and she’s had a few illnesses that have seen her pull out of meets either side of Trials. She IS tough, maybe tougher than C1 for that matter, and her 200fr at Trials WAS excellent. Her 50 off her best. Has to be seen as a likely medallist in this event, much less so in the 50

          • Dee says:

            Agree she is a likely medallist – My silver & bronze predictions could easily both miss the medals, such is the depth in the event now.

            I’m not *too* in the know RE injuries, but I did read 3 weeks ago in the SMH that she is pretty frustrated by a lingering shoulder complaint. Certainly tough, but certainly not ideal prep.

            Very hard race to call, Cate aside.

          • commonwombat says:

            Disagree about hard to call when compared to the 50. Here, we essentially have three clearly separated from the rest with regards to times (and times swam in major events over recent years). Others COULD crash the party but are coming from min 0.5sec back on 2015-2016 times.

            Take one of the main players out of the equation and it may get messy but there’s certainly not the 5 clear”main players” that we have in the 50. Where I do agree is that if one of the Big 3 is to miss the podium, or even the final; it will be C2 due to her injury issues. Hopefully they won’t …. but it IS a valid scenario given her 2016

            I clearly see Oleksiak in the final and if anyone beyond Ranomi is going to “crash the party:, I see it being her ahead of Heemskerk or the Americans. Think we may’ve seen her big move for this year …… next year may be another matter !

          • Dee says:

            I see Cate as the only medal lock in this event – I’ll be more sure about Bronte after the 4×100 haha

          • commonwombat says:

            Agree,that barring illness/injury; C1 is almost as much a “lock” in this one as Ledecky in 400/800.

            Sarah’s sheer consistency has me regarding her as a more secure medal bet than C2. Whilst I could potentially see someone getting down to the 52.6-52.7 range; I’m not realistically seeing two or more.

            A couple of new entrants to the sub53 club is plausible but they’re more likely to be just under rather than Campbell/Sjostrom country.

  12. Peter says:

    Don’t really think Pellegrini will swim this, but a sub 53 may be more likely for her than Heemskerk who has gorgeous technique but mental issues which prevent her from challenging at the highest level

    • Emanuele says:

      Probably she will swim the 100. This is her last olympics and she declare that she wuold enjoy all the experience.

      • Prickle says:

        I agree with you. If 200m is a success then why not to race next days 100 being in high mood.
        If 200 is a disappointment then why not to try to redeem herself showing her best at 100. I don’t see what can be hurt by participating in this race.

    • Jrsaba says:

      Pellegrini did not prepared the 100 free so she probably won’t swim it in Rio.
      Last month she swam 53.18 and I hope she changes her mind and decide to prepare the 100free.
      She said she’ll swim it if she’s not to tired.
      If she wins a medal in the 200 free she won’t swim the 100 free. She does that all time. She did the same in her prime when she refused to swim the 800 free after winning the 400 and 200 free at the world’s.

  13. Rylo says:

    The predictions look spot on. C1can go 51.85 though.. Her starts have improved so much…

  14. phelps swims 200 breast rio says:

    A 51 would be so sick.

  15. Nick says:

    W100free faster than M100back would be something awesome

  16. bobo gigi says:

    Much talent here.
    USA is not invited in that event. They just need to find the big natural talent with a tall body and a great technique. They are waiting for that talent for a while now. Insane to see the greatest swimming nation unable to produce a dominant star in women’s sprint for so long. Looks like Canada has found a huge natural talent with Oleksiak. Hopefully it quickly happens in USA too. Maybe before 2020 or 2024. Until it happens all hopes are on Abbey and Simone’s shoulders. I like Abbey’s determination and I wish her to at least make the final.

    • Attila the Hunt says:

      You and big tall women????
      NOT AGAIN.

      Bronte Campbell is 5’10” – Dual World Champion, second fastest ever in textile
      Libby Trickett is 5’6″ – multiple world record holders, multiple olympics and world gold medals.

      Simone Manuel is 5’11”
      Abby Weitzeil is 5’10”

      How often do we have to show you these facts and yet you keep repeating your false premises on and on and on for a millionth time.

      • Tom b says:

        Actuallly, Bobo’s height arguement is correct. You named Bronte and Libby (retired a few years ago), and Abbey as examples, but the fact remains that Sjorstrom, Ranomi, Femke, Penny, Cate, and about 90% of the CURRENT top 25 in the world are well over 6ft in height in sprint free.

        • Attila the Hunt says:

          Giving Libby as example is highly relevant.
          She was by far the shortest among other top sprinters.

          Height is not a guarantee. There are already many American sprinters taller than 6′.

          You said Ranomi as over 6′?
          Look it up.
          She’s 5’10”
          Yes, she’s shorter than Manuel, and yet she’s double Olympics champion and former textile WR holder.

          Francesca Halsall is only 5’8″ and she’s former textile WR holder in 50 free.

          Bronte Campbell, Dual world sprint champion, is 5’10” which is shorter than Manuel.

          And did you know that Bobo always said that the reason Australian sprinters are faster are because they are taller?
          (apparently he has not seen Magnussen, McEvoy, Sullivan)

          Bobo’s eternal argument is basically: Find a tall woman and we will solve American sprinters problem.

        • Attila the Hunt says:

          Here’s some examples of swimmers who swam 50/100 free at US OT who are all 6’0 or taller:

          Megan Romano, Shannon Vreeland, Missy Franklin, Dana Vollmer, Margo Geer, Amanda Weir, Madison Kennedy, Olivia Smoliga, Allison Schmitt, etc

          In fact, no other country has nearly as many 6″0 female sprinters as USA does.

          I am going to bookmark this page because I’m sure Bobo will say the same false thing again and again and again.

        • Attila the Hunt says:

          “about 90% of the CURRENT top 25 in the world are well over 6ft in height in sprint free.”

          you are talking out of your hat and CLEARLY HAVE NO IDEA what you are talking about.

          Let’s check it out:

          In Women’s current 100 free top 25, here’s those who are less than 6ft:
          Bronte Campbell, Ranomi, Pellegrini, Weitzeil, Manuel, Emma mcKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Jeanette Ottesen, Aleksandra Herasimenya, Lia Neal, Miki Uchida, Qiu Yuhan, Madison Wilson, Rikako Ikkee.

          So 14 out 25 top sprinters are IN FACT shorter than 6ft!
          MORE THAN HALF TOP SPRINTERS are shorter than 6 ft!

          • Tom B says:

            Nonsense. Ranomi, despite wiki page, is over 6ft as is Ottesen and Lia Neal and half the women you mention. I have stood next to Ranomi many times and assure you with 100% certainty that she is at least 6ft tall.

            You mentioned all of the US women over 6ft and proved my point. Each of those women, like Libby, was at one time a world or Olympic champion in sprint free. So like Bobo said, yes size does matter in sprint free.

          • Attila the Hunt says:

            I have stood next Ranomi, Ottesen, Bronte, Mckeon, Uchida and several others. And they are definitely shorter than 6ft.

            So, you are counting relays as being sprint free champion?
            right.. didn’t expect the standard has been lowered.
            By the way, Madison Kennedy is never a world/olympics champion.

            So, you are confirming my point that USA has plenty of really tall sprinters, and thus negating Bobo’s argument that USA lack tall sprinters.

    • NotSoFastSwimmer says:

      “They just need to find the big natural talent with a tall body and a great technique.”
      – Bobo Gigi, 2016

      “SIMONE MANUEL IS THE GREATEST AMERICAN FEMALE SPRINT TALENT EVER!”
      – Bobo Gigi. 2015

      https://swimswam.com/simone-manuel-splits-the-fastest-ever-100-free-to-anchor-stanfords-record-breaking-relay/#comment-306030

  17. Victor P says:

    The first paragraph is quite the understatement – podium possibilities – in our dreams! The fact is, we’re going to have a hard enough time just getting to finals. People are confident that we will final, but honestly I think it’s touch and go. I think Abbey in 8th is a fair assessment.

    I also used to be fairly confident that our 4×200 team would win gold, but actually based on the performances at Trials, I’m not confident of that at all now. I give Australia the edge (McKeown, Barratt, both Campbell sisters if even average endurance at 200: 1:54.5, 155.5, 1:55, 1:56 vs. 1:54, 1:55.5, 1:56, 1:56.2 – Ledecky, Franklin, Schmitt, Smith). For the first time in a long time the girls may be shut out of team gold in all 3 relays.

    • robbos says:

      Campbell sisters will not swim the 4×200 & the US has Australia fairly well cover in pursuit of gold here.

      • commonwombat says:

        Have to second Rob; the only time either Campbell enters a 200free is to lay down a time trial for the 100 …. then coast home at 2.20. Not happening !!

  18. 5wimmer says:

    What’s the fastest 100 free relay split of all time?

  19. commonwombat says:

    Barring illness/injury, C1 should win this comfortably. Talk of WRs is ephemeral, they happen …. when they happen. The comment re illness/injury IS relevant given her tendency towards physical fragility ..her previous 2 Olympics were not entirely friendly to her. AUS officialdom & fans will be crossing every digit & praying to all known deities that she can remain fit & healthy for the next 4 weeks !!

    Given health & fitness, C2 WOULD normally be big sister’s closest competition. She still MAY be but 2016 has been her year for illness/injury interruption with her only uninterrupted meets being Super Series in Feb & AUS Trials in Apr. IF she can swim to her AUS Trials level then she’s almost certainly on the podium but given her interrupted preparation; I’m sceptical we will see the PB that so many are taking as a fait accompli.

    Sjostrom’s sheer consistency of performance has to see her as a likely medallist. Whether or not she has hit her ceiling in this event may be immaterial; I’m just not seeing anyone else down at 52.6-7.

    Of the 2 Dutch, Kromowidjojo is the more likely to revisit the sub53 trajectory, both on 2016 form and her record of big time performance; an area where Heemskerk has traditionally fallen short in individual events. If RK can get down to her 52.76 then she may possibly crash the podium party but this would most likely be contingent on at least one of the others being “off”.

    Despite the recent PB, I’m not really seeing Pellegrini suddenly “diving” well below 53. Oleksiak has already taken an enormous bite out of her PB this year. Whilst at the age that this is still on the cards; I’m sceptical we’ll suddenly see another quantum leap down to the likely medal range. Any further move I see as more incremental in scope.

    Not sure both Americans will be in the final and Weitzell would have to be the better bet. Having said that, having already taken an enormous jump in PB in this preparation; I’m not seeing another such leap ….. and 53.28 is still an awful long way from 52mid and a considerable way from sub53.. 53low – more plausible

    • Jrsaba says:

      Pellegrini did not prepared the 100 free when she swam 53.18. If she prepare this receipt she could probably improve by half of a second going maybe 52.6

      • commonwombat says:

        Possible – yes; Likely ? Much less so. She’s coming up against straight out sprint specialists in this event and this is, by your own admission, very much a secondary event for her. Her time at 7 Hills was indicative of where she was in her main event (200) & probably the first time she has really gone seriously hard in a 100 in a long time, hence the PB

        Will her 200 in Rio be faster than at 7 Hills ? Quite possibly, maybe even to 1.54/1.53 v high but an improvement of 0.5s at 200 is not not going to be automatically mirrored as a 0.5 at 100 …. more like 0.2-0.3

        • Jrsaba says:

          At 7 hills she improved her personal textile best by over 0.5 sec and she did not even prepared that race so I think she can improve again if she carefully train for the 100 free.
          I did not say she will improve cause I dont think she’ll swim the 100 free but she has the potential to improve if she focus on that race too.

          • commonwombat says:

            Whilst your proposition is clearly possible, there are far too many IFs involved. IF she concentrated on the 100 instead of the 200 then it becomes more plausible but she isn’t. The 200 is her prime focus and justifiably so.

  20. Emanuele says:

    I start ro thinking that you guys overrated all the times.
    Ok, CC just make the world record but this is a Olympics race, there is high pressure and great competiton so all this super fast time are very unlikely.
    CC will win but with a 52 low (52.20), then bronte with a mid-52 and Sarah with a slightly higher mid-52

    • Joe says:

      Agree with your prediction. I’d be shocked to see a WR go down in the final. Maybe if C1 wants to push it in the semis, but I doubt it.

  21. Shibly says:

    Abbey Weitzeil will surprise many with her sheer speed as well as youth….

    • Prickle says:

      How young do you think Weitzeil is?
      Sarah Sjostrom – 22 yo
      Bronte Campbell – 22 yo
      Abbey Weitzeil – 20 yo
      Penny Oleksiak – 16 yo

      Sure, the proposed list of finalists includes some “old” ladies, but picturing Weitzeil as young teenager full of promises because of that wouldn’t be right, I think.

  22. M Palota says:

    1.) Cate Campbell
    2.) Bronte Campbell
    3.) Sarah Sjostrom

    Penny Oleksiak will, I think be a significant factor. She really is an enormous talent. I’m not entirely sure she’ll be under 53 – which what I think will be needed to get on the podium – but I’d be surprised if she wasn’t around 53-flat.

  23. tm71 says:

    My picks
    C Campbell
    Sjostrom
    Kromo

  24. thomaslurzfan says:

    Cate will win the gold, Sjöstrom. Bronte and maybe Ranomi for silver and bronze. Other 4 spots in the final should be between Pellegrini, Weitzeil, Manuel, Oleksiak, Coleman, Ottesen, Heemskerk, Herasimenia and maybe some chinese girl. I am pretty sure that Oleksiak and Herasimenia will make the final and that Heemskerk will finish worse than 5th.

    • Joe says:

      Agree about Herasimenia, I saw her swim in Stockholm and she looked on the right track. She’s a championship swimmer. Ottesen doing 100 would surprise me, but I haven’t seen her schedule. She has better chances coming in the 50 free and medley relay.

      If I had to pick the entire final field:
      Campbell
      Campbell
      Sjostrom
      Kromowidjojo
      Herasimenia
      Heemskerk
      Oleksiak
      Pellegrini (Manuel if Pellegrini isn’t swimming)

      Weitzeil I think will regress slightly from the trials, Coleman I don’t think have the speed to drop further time, but she will be a player in the 200.

      I see the final field as two tiers, four swimmers likely to go sub 53, the other four likely to go over. Even if one of them does go under, I don’t think they have the 52.5-52.6 drop necessary to medal.

  25. Tong Wu says:

    They could go 1-1 too.

  26. Irviner says:

    Interesting to think that Abbey Weitzeil’s 53.28 would’ve won the silver in the 2012 final. However this year, if she only repeats that time in semis, she could be in danger of missing finals.
    It’s amazing to watch the progression in speed in swimming.

  27. Daza says:

    C1 WR 51:89
    C2 52:2
    Heemskirk 52 : 4

  28. Larry says:

    Kromidjojo never been under 53, but at 25 years of age she is now suddenly going to hit 52.5! LOL

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