While the South Australian States and Victorian Open meets were wrapping up in Adelaide and Melbourne, respectively, another cluster of stand-out athletes took to the pool in the Gold Coast, Australia this weekend.
Miami Swimming Club, home of Australian distance ace Grant Hackett, hosted its annual Miami Super Challenge at the Miami Aquatic Center, which saw athletes both in the age group and elite sectors of the sport compete. This year also saw a smattering of British athletes join the party, in the form of freestyle specialist Jazmin Carlin and backstroking superstar Adam Peaty, among a few others.
Results Available on Meet Mobile under “2016 Miami Super Challenge”
British women led-off the meet with consecutive wins right off the bat, with Carlin and Molly Renshaw taking the first two events. Carlin raced her way to a 4:11.05 winning time in the women’s 400m freestyle, enough to hold off a charging TSS Aquatics’ Kiah Melverton, who touched in 4:11.36 for 2nd.
Renshaw then had her way with the women’s 200m breaststroke race, beating the competition by almost 9 seconds. 2:27.86 was Renshaw’s winning time, well-off the time of 2:24.62 she earned at December’s Amsterdam Cup.
The men’s 400m freestyle saw 20-year-old Jordan Harrison claim the win with a time of 3:53.33, dropping over 2 seconds from his morning prelims effort. Bond’s Cameron McEvoy stepped up for 2nd place, touching less than half of a second behind in 3:53.74 for silver. Comeback kid Grant Hackett finished in 4th place in a mark of 3:58.00, with Great Britain’s Caleb Hughes nabbing bronze in 3:56.11.
For Hackett’s part, the 35-year-old also competed in the morning heats of the men’s 200m freestyle, clocking a time of 1:51.31 for the 2nd seed behind Aussie teammate Thomas Fraser-Holmes, only to scratch the finals. Fraser-Holmes would up winning the event in a time of 1:47.54.
European Games double gold medalist, Luke Greenbank (GBR) snagged the men’s 200m backstroke in dominating fashion, clocking 2:02.59 for the win over the field by more than 12 seconds. Greenbank would have to settle for silver in the shorter 100m distance, however, as teammate Chris Walker-Hebborn threw down a 55.96 for the victory.
Michelle Coleman heated things up in the women’s 200m freestyle event, topping the podium handily with a stellar effort of 1:56.07, a personal best for the 22-year-old. Coleman knocked about 3 seconds off of her 1:59.10 morning swim to clinch the victory and surge to the upper echelon of the world rankings, now sitting in 3rd. For perspective, Coleman’s mark of 1:56.07 earned today would have garnered her a 4th-place finish at the 2015 World championships.
Although listed under the Miami club, Coleman competes for Sweden internationally, under whom she scored bronze in the 100m freestyle at the 2014 European Championships. At last summer’s World Championships, Coleman’s swiftest 200m freestyle mark came in the form of her 1:57.36 split on her squad’s 4th-place 800m freestyle relay. She also logged a 1:58.12 individually in the 200m free, failing to make the final.
Coleman did additional damage here in that event at the Miami Aquatic Center, where she logged a winning time of 54.77 in the women’s 100m freestyle. Her swiftest time in that event in Kazan was the 54.22 she logged for 11th place after semi-finals.
Also making a mark on the world’s top time list is World Record Holder, Adam Peaty, who laid waste to the competition in the men’s 100m breaststroke in the Gold Coast. Peaty logged a winning time of 1:00.05, a full 3 seconds over the remainder of the competition. The time is certainly slower than his usual sub-minute outings, including the 59.28 he most recently registered in Dubai, but today’s result was enough to hit the world’s top 10.