SwimSwam Pulse is a recurring feature tracking and analyzing the results of our periodic A3 Performance Polls. You can cast your vote in our newest poll on the SwimSwam homepage, about halfway down the page on the right side, or you can find the poll embedded at the bottom of this post.
Our most recent poll asked SwimSwam readers to pick the most likely of three 2016 Olympic champs to defend their titles:
Question: Who has the best shot to defend their 2016 Olympic title?
Murphy won both the 100 and 200 backstrokes at the 2016 Olympics and set the world record later in the meet while leading off the medley relay. He remains the world record-holder, but China’s Xu Jiayu has won both World Championships golds since then (2017 and 2019). 55.6% of voters, though, still favored Murphy over the other athletes in our poll.
Hagino won the 400 IM by seven tenths of a second in 2016. But in 2017, he fell to 6th at Worlds. He took a hiatus from the sport in 2019, but looked very good in short course meters in the International Swimming League this past fall. Hagino, at this point, isn’t even scheduled to swim the 400 IM in Tokyo, but it’s still conceivable that Olympic lineups could change. Hagino got 28.4% of the vote.
Chalmers won the 100 free at the 2016 Olympics with a historic second-50 split. He withdrew from 2017 Worlds after having heart surgery, but roared back in 2018 to beat Caeleb Dressel for Pan Pacs gold. Dressel’s presence, though, was a big deterrent to Chalmers in this poll. Dressel won gold at 2019 Worlds by a tenth over Chalmers, and has looked incredible in the International Swimming League. Chalmers got just 16% of the vote in our poll.
Below, vote in our new A3 Performance Poll, which asks voters a similar question, but targeted at three women’s events:
The A3 Performance Poll is courtesy of A3 Performance, a SwimSwam partner