Sjostrom, Van Der Burgh Race To Overall 2017 Mare Nostrum Tour Titles

The 2017 Mare Nostrum Tour wrapped up last weekend, with the final stop in Canet wreaking havoc on the record books. Such was the case with the two previous stops of Monaco and Barcelona, where international swimmers took to the pool for additional racing tune-ups with the 2017 World Championships now less than 30 days away.

This year’s prize purse grew to 21000 €, split among the top 8 finishers on the entire tour, based on FINA points. The top man and woman each earned 7000 € for claiming overall their respective series titles. Additionally, the tour paid 750€ for each Mare Nostrum record broken in any of the three meets.

Per each event, stops paid 330 € for gold, 180 € for silver and 90 € for bronze, with an additional twist implemented for the speed events that took place in Monaco. For the 50m distances of all strokes, the field was narrowed down to 16, then 8, then 4, then the final 2 in rounds spanning the two days of each meet’s schedule. Those particular events paid out as follows: 600 € for gold, 300 € for silver,  75 €  for 3rd (semi-finalist) and 75 € for 4th (semi-finalist).

Women’s Winner

The absolutely unstoppable Swede, Sarah Sjostrom, took the overall women’s Mare Nostrum title, crushing huge swims on each and every stop. Not only did she claim gold throughout her 50m freestyle, 50m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly campaign, but she nailed meet records virtually every time she splashed into a final. Below is a recap of the Olympic champion’s eye-popping efforts, with a grid listing the top 8 women’s finishers:

Monaco:

  • 56.20 100 fly final, meet record
  • 52.60 100 free final, meet record
  • 23.95 50 free final, meet record
  • 24.90 50 fly final, meet record

Barcelona:

  • 56.27 100 fly final, meet record
  • 52.28 100 free final, meet record
  • 23.96 50 free final, meet record
  • 24.76 50 fly final, meet record

Canet:

  • 55.76 100 fly final, meet record
  • 52.08 100 free final, meet record, *985 FINA Pts
  • 23.85 50 free final, meet record
  • 24.95 50 fly final, meet record

Men’s Winner

Exemplifying how important FINA points are in terms of determing the overall Mare Nostrum tour winners, South Africa’s Cameron van der Burgh secured the title racing just 2 events over the course of the 3-stop affair. VDB won the men’s 50m breaststroke at each stop, highlighted by a super swift meet record of 26.99 in Monaco, and a 26.96 clocking in Barcelona. He opted out of the B-Final of the 100m breaststroke at the final stop in Canet, but previously touched in 7th in that race in Monaco with a modest 1:02.30, then claimed silver in 1:00.02 in Barcelona.

Below is a recap of VDB’s finishes with the men’s top 8 finishers beneath:

Monaco:

  • 1:02.30 100 breaststroke, 7th
  • 26.99 50 breaststroke, meet record

Barcelona:

  • 1:00.02 100 breaststroke, 2nd
  • 26.96 50 breaststroke *941 FINA Pts

Canet:

  • DNS 100 breaststroke B-Final
  • 27.07 50 breaststroke

 

 

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Swimmer?
4 years ago

Who’s The Iron Lady now?

Prickle
Reply to  Swimmer?
4 years ago

You know, I hardly see how it is a complement for a Lady to be called so utilitarian name. The next stage after “Iron” one will be inevitably “Rusty” or “Junk Yard” Lady.
“Golden” is much better precious name. I would think that Sarah Sjostrom prefers and most likely will earn this one that shines forever.

samuel huntington
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Katinka is golden !

Swimmer?
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

Honestly, Ledecky seems to be the Iron Lady now.

Prickle
Reply to  samuel huntington
4 years ago

There is some story in the history of science: lapis philosophorum. The story full of drama and sometimes tragedy. Don’t tell me that you’ve found finally the legendary philosopher’s stone and can turn base metal as iron into gold. The failure awaits for you.

Swimmer?
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Ummmmm….?

Prickle
Reply to  Swimmer?
4 years ago

I know, it’s tough. Sorry. It needs some high school ap classes in chemistry and physics. If to put it in simple way: no tricks and metamorphosis will make from “iron” lady the GOLDEN one.

korn
4 years ago

the women definitely outshined the men during the series.

marklewis
4 years ago

Whatever changes Sarah made to her training and her schedule, it’s succeeding Bigly.

Cate Campbell (and maybe Bronte too) must be shaking her head and wondering if she can be the best anymore in the sprints.

Prickle
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

If at Swedish Championships next week Sarah Sjostrom being at hard training (that what she said) goes under 52.5 then the answer on this question becomes obvious.

JCSF
Reply to  marklewis
4 years ago

Cate was 53.0 in Canet (with the worst start ever), that’s an excellent time for an in-season swim! Oleksiak’s stroke did look a bit weird, but that’s just my point of view…

Prickle
4 years ago

That is how the competition should look like. All strokers (fly, brest, back, free) are ahead of IMer. If IMer is ahead it is a strong indication that the competition is week and the meet is of category “junk”.

Anonymous
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

The olympics are junk because Phelps has won Fly and free events

sean
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

What is your objection with the IM? Do you not appreciate the graft these athletes put in in order to be the best at all 4 strokes? Besides, the best IMers usually have 1 stroke at world class level so I really don’t understand your argument.

Prickle
Reply to  sean
4 years ago

Sean, I understand 400 medley relay where indeed each leg is presented with the strongest stroker in the team. IM competition is something completely different. It is exceptionally rare case (if ever happened) when a swimmer has high rank in all strokes. So in overwhelming number of cases that is a competition of who loses less at weak strokes. So if the field is strong an IMer in general shouldn’t win races besides im competition.
Mare Nostrum was a great meet with the strong field this year. There fore there is no surprise at all that Sjostrom, Efimova, Seabohm and Campbell were ahead of Hosszu. It is a very logical conclusion of such competition. Each of great strokers has… Read more »

Carlo
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Hosszu,s strong stroke is backstroke. She won gold in the 100 back in rio and won silver in the 200 back also in rio. She barely lost the 200 back. And she faced backstroke specialists in both races.

Carlo
Reply to  Carlo
4 years ago

And I don’t think hosszu,s competition in the IM He weak. She,s just far ahead similar to ledecky. IM swimmers come in all categories.

Phelps was primarily a 200 meter butterflyier who branched out to the 100 fly, 200 free and then finally the medley,s.

Lochte was primarily a 200 meter backstroker who branched out to the medley,s and 200 freestyle.

Hosszu has always been a medley specialist who just swam everything just for the sake of swimming, Maybe for fun, until she discovered backstroke was her best stroke.

Prickle
Reply to  Carlo
4 years ago

Carlo, what you’ve said supports my point. Can you imagine Missy Franklin of 2013 vintage with her superb results in backstroke and freestyle competing in IM competition. Same can be said about Sarah Sjostrom. No they don’t do it because the substantial advantage that they have at their primary strokes won’t be even close to cover the difference between 500 something and 200 something rank in breast stroke.

aquajosh
4 years ago

Here’s Sjostrom’s 100 free race from Canet. 2 hundredths off the world record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4kI8QJCZ4E

Prickle
Reply to  aquajosh
4 years ago

Spectacular! It looks like she barely needs oxygen. 🙂

phelps swims 200 breast rio
Reply to  aquajosh
4 years ago

awesome- thanks for the link

GOYULIYA
4 years ago

It is fitting that the two best women swimmer in world are atop the rankings both holding many world top times.

Prickle
Reply to  GOYULIYA
4 years ago

What’s wrong with you “goYulia”? How come you don’t think of Efimova the sole best swimmer in the world any more. Have you change your heart? I hate when people do that.
Maybe if you change your name for “RunYulia” it will help her to be faster. Don’t be selfish. Do this sacrifice for the glory of your Land.

GOYULIYA
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

She is greatest at breastroke events, but I have no problem acknowledging greatness from other swimmer except mouth from Indiana.

Prickle
Reply to  GOYULIYA
4 years ago

Gotcha. It’s not a business, it’s just personal 🙂

GOYULIYA
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

Of course it’s personal, I am not being paid to comment here just as you aren’t.

G.I.N.A
Reply to  Prickle
4 years ago

The Glorious Motherland just won another election in Georgia . Dems put out a puncy Russian sounding candidate hoping to fool the GOP voters but they saw through it .He’s not a real Russian they said – I want a real Russian or a down- home gal .

CROOKED HILLARY
Reply to  G.I.N.A
4 years ago

Dems also spent $50 million on that race which comes out to about $100 per voter, much of the money coming from outside the state and garnered support from Hollywood. Once again liberals tampering with an election and so desperately wanted to win so they could say the country is turning. The people have spoken…again.

G.I.N.A
4 years ago

The ones who would have won mefals inc gold at Rio in the series are Sarah , Yuliya , Emily , Katinka & Anton Chuprov .

That is impressive & a nice treat for the spectators .

Riez
4 years ago

Someone good at maths help me a bit please. Did Sarah end up with less than 20k after a week of such performance? That’s a joke.

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