The Olympics That Would Have Been: Dressel, Chalmers Have Epic Day 5 Showdown

Following our “The Trials That Would Have Been” series, where we predicted how the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials would’ve played out had the event not been cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic, this week will feature a similar series for the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games.

Pool swimming was set to kick off on the evening of July 25 local time, with finals contested the following morning. Tokyo is 13 hours ahead of Eastern time, so finals were slated to run from 9:30-11:20 pm EST. For the purpose of this exercise, each session will be published on the corresponding day those finals would’ve happened in the United States.

This will be a day-by-day trip into the hypothetical, analyzing the events that would have happened, and how they might’ve played out. Forgive me as I try to reel in my imagination and keep the times *somewhat* realistic. Feel free to add your own predictions, picks, humorous quips and more in the comments below!

Day 5 Finals

Men’s 800m Freestyle Final

After the debut of the women’s 1500 free on Day 4, medals were on the line for the first time in Olympic history in the men’s 800 to kick off Day 5. An event sparsely contested in swimming history, only debuting at the Long Course World Championships in 2001 and the European Championships in 2008, the men’s 800 freestyle brings a unique clash of the 400 specialists with the milers.

Gregorio Paltrinieri, who won Olympic gold in the 1500 in Rio, finally made it to the top of the podium at the 2019 World Championships after silver in 2015 and bronze in 2017. His Italian countryman Gabriele Detti, the 2017 world champion, had a strong performance in the 400 on Day 1 and the two were primed to push for a 1-2.

Paltrinieri coasted to the top seed in the prelims in 7:44.89, and took off from lane four early on to establish the lead. Turning at the 400 in 3:48.19, he was being stalked by Detti, Ukraine’s Mykhailo Romanchuk and Norwegian Henrik Christiansen, with Germany’s Florian Wellbrock and Frenchman David Aubry also within striking distance.

With Paltrinieri still up by two seconds with 100 left, Detti makes his move. He splits 28.61/27.47 down the last two lengths, but Paltrinieri holds on and wins the first-ever Olympic title in the men’s 800 in a time of 7:38.76.

Detti makes it an Italian 1-2 in 7:39.36, while Christiansen manages to win a tight bronze battle in 7:41.88 ahead of Aubry (7:42.33) and Romanchuk (7:43.31). Wellbrock is sixth, lacking the finishing kick at the end, likely due in part to the fact he’ll race the 10km Open Water event in less than a week. Jack McLoughlin and Zane Grothe rounded out the top-eight.

PODIUM

  1. Gregorio Paltrinieri, ITA, 7:38.76 OR
  2. Gabriele Detti, ITA, 7:39.36
  3. Henrik Christiansen, NOR, 7:41.88

Men’s 200m Breaststroke Final

Once an unthinkable feat in the men’s 200 breast, the 2019 World Championships incredibly required a swim inside the 2:06s to win a medal. Russia’s Anton Chupkov had been on a tear since winning bronze in Rio, sweeping the 2017 Worlds, 2018 Euros and 2019 Worlds, bringing the world record down to 2:06.12 in Gwangju.

The Wilson’s — Australia’s Matthew and the U.S.’s Andrew — take control of the race early, turning 1-2 at the halfway mark in 1:00-mids, with Ippei Watanabe and Will Licon close behind.

Chupkov, who turned seventh in 1:02.11, threw down a 32.12 on the third 50 to get into the picture, but it was Matthew Wilson, Watanabe and Andrew Wilson occupying the top-three spots going into the last length.

Down the last 50, Chupkov did what he does best, mowing over everyone en route to Olympic gold in a time of 2:06.15, just missing his world record set in 2019.

Watanabe edges by M.Wilson in the closing meters to win silver in 2:06.54, with the Australian the bronze medalist in 2:06.72. Licon joins Chupkov and Watanabe as the only swimmers to keep all four 50s under 33 seconds, becoming the fourth man under 2:07 in 2:06.94.

Arno Kamminga (2:07.36) and James Wilby (2:07.54) overtake A.Wilson (2:07.62) late for fifth, sixth and seventh.

PODIUM

  1. Anton Chupkov, RUS, 2:06.15 OR
  2. Ippei Watanabe, JPN, 2:06.54
  3. Matthew Wilson, AUS, 2:06.72

Women’s 200m Butterfly Final

From swimming in the 2016 Olympic final, missing the 2017 Worlds final and then being upset for gold at the 2019 World Championships, Hali Flickinger has gained a lot of experience over the last four years in the women’s 200 fly, and it was all put to use in the 2020 final.

Flickinger, who moved to Arizona to train with former Olympic coach Bob Bowman at ASU in late 2019, swims from the front the entire race and fends off the challengers down the stretch. Stretching to the wall in a final time of 2:05.57, she claims her first Olympic medal and it’s gold.

Just behind Flickinger, fellow American Regan Smith and reigning world champion Boglarka Kapas were neck-and-neck throughout the majority of the race, with Smith’s final push enough to earn her the silver in 2:06.16. Kapas wins bronze in 2:06.55, and Japan’s Suzuka Hasegawa has a personal best 2:07.03 for fourth.

Veteran Franziska Hentke places fifth in 2:07.44, just ahead of Liliana Szilagyi (2:07.78) and Laura Stephens (2:08.07).

PODIUM

  1. Hali Flickinger, USA, 2:05.57
  2. Regan Smith, USA, 2:06.16
  3. Boglarka Kapas, HUN, 2:06.55

Men’s 100m Freestyle Final

In one of the marquee showdowns on the Olympic program, the men’s 100 freestyle promised to be an epic rematch between American Caeleb Dressel and Australian Kyle Chalmers. Dressel had won the last two World Championship titles, while Chalmers was the defending gold medalist and had also beaten Dressel head-to-head at the 2018 Pan Pacs.

At the 2019 Worlds, the two produced one of the best 100 free races in recent memory. Dressel was half a second faster going out and Chalmers was four-tenths better coming back, leaving them separated by 0.14 at the finish.

Dressel gets off to a rocketing start, using his patented 15-meter breakout to open up the early lead over the field. The newly minted world record holder turns first at the 50 in 22.09, two-tenths under his relay pace, with Vladimir Morozov second in 22.35 and the other American, Ryan Held, third in 22.42.

After flipping in 22.75, Chalmers begins to move up on Dressel coming down the last 25 meters, but Dressel puts his head down, ramps up the stroke rate, and gets his hand on the wall first. The American wins the first individual Olympic gold medal of his career in a new world record time of 46.73, lowering his 46.87 from the relay.

Chalmers joins Dressel in the sub-47 textile club, clocking 46.96 for the silver medal after a scorching 24.21 back half.

Held holds the field at bay and earns his first individual Olympic medal with a bronze in 47.30, with Vladislav Grinev (47.56) fourth and Duncan Scott (47.73) in for fifth. Alessandro Miressi (47.92) takes sixth after his swim-off win yesterday, and Morozov (48.08) and Nandor Nemeth (48.25) round out the finalists.

PODIUM

  1. Caeleb Dressel, USA, 46.73 WR
  2. Kyle Chalmers, AUS, 46.96
  3. Ryan Held, USA, 47.30

Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final

It shaped up to be a similar story to the 4×100 free relay as it became clear relatively early that the U.S., Australia and Canada would be the countries on the podium, the only question was who would stand where.

Coming off of the razor-thin clash between the Aussies and Americans in 2019, where both teams went under the world record and Australia came out on top, history seemed as though it would inevitably repeat itself as both teams were so close on paper.

Coming off individual gold in the 200 free, Ariarne Titmus lands the Aussies the early lead with a 1:54.22 opening up, followed by Simone Manuel (1:55.49), Yang Junxuan (1:55.92) and Kayla Sanchez (1:56.88).

Brianna Throssell and Madison Wilson would maintain the Australian lead through the 600m mark, but the U.S. was only six-tenths back and Taylor Ruck‘s 1:54.12 split had brought Canada into the mix.

Emma McKeon dove in with the lead and refused to relinquish it, though Katie Ledecky‘s surge at the end almost spoiled the party. In the end, it was Australia winning in 7:41.29 to claim its first gold in the event since 2008. The United States was just .02 back, 7:41.31, following a blistering 1:53.97 anchor from Ledecky.

Penny Oleksiak has yet to break 1:56 individually, but went sub-1:55 on a relay for the third time, giving Canada a second straight bronze in 7:42.85.

PODIUM

1.Australia, 7:41.29 WR

  1. Titmus,Ariarne                 1:54.22
  2. Throssell,Brianna             1:55.86 (3:50.08)
  3. Wilson,Madison               1:56.62 (5:46.70)
  4. McKeon,Emma                 1:54.59 (7:41.29)

2.United States, 7:41.31

  1. Manuel,Simone                   1:55.49
  2. McLaughlin,Katie               1:55.53 (3:51.02)
  3. Margalis,Melanie                1:56.32 (5:47.34)
  4. Ledecky,Katie                     1:53.97 (7:41.31)

3.Canada, 7:42.55

  1. Sanchez,Kayla                     1:56.88
  2. Ruck,Taylor                         1:54.12 (3:51.00)
  3. Overholt,Emily                   1:56.96 (5:47.96)
  4. Oleksiak,Penny                  1:54.89 (7:42.85)

Also On The Schedule

Women’s 100m Freestyle Semi-Finals

It felt like a long wait, but it was finally time to see the likes of Manuel, Cate Campbell and Sarah Sjostrom get things going in the women’s 100 freestyle. After producing the top time of the morning, Sjostrom exits as the top seed for the final in 52.23, matching her best from 2019. She is followed by Oleksiak (52.87), Bronte Campbell (52.92) and Mallory Comerford (53.13) in that second semi.

In the first heat, Cate Campbell touched first in 52.59, with Manuel (52.74) and Ruck (52.93) not far behind. Rounding out the eight qualifiers is Great Britain’s Freya Anderson, who hits a PB of 53.16.

Men’s 200m Backstroke Semi-Finals

Both semi-finals of the men’s 200 back yield very controlled swims from the favorites, as Ryan Murphy (1:55.36) and Mitch Larkin (1:55.60) cruise to a 1-2 finish in the first heat. Evgeny Rylov takes complete command in the second semi, making a 1:54.86 look easy. Xu Jiayu (1:55.62) and Shaine Casas (1:55.83) are second and third in the heat to advance.

Women’s 200m Breaststroke Semi-Finals

Annie Lazor follows up her victory at Trials with an impressive win out of semi-final 1, clocking 2:20.46 for a new personal best time. Tatjana Schoenmaker and Bethany Galat both hit 2:22-low for second and third. In the second heat, Yuliya Efimova cruises through in 2:20.95, qualifying second overall. Her countrymate Evgeniia Chikunova, just 15, swims her second-fastest time ever to qualify in 2:21.91, while Canadians Kelsey Wog (2:22.39) and Sydney Pickrem (2:22.58) also advanced.

Men’s 200m Individual Medley Semi-Finals

Michael Andrew goes on a demolition derby through the first 150 of the opening semi, turning in a blistering 1:26.30. He squeaks under 30 coming home to win the heat in 1:56.14, with Jeremy Desplanches (1:56.42), Chase Kalisz (1:56.61) and Qin Haiyang (1:56.84) just behind. Daiya Seto claims the #1 seed from the next heat in 1:55.91, followed by his teammate Kosuke Hagino (1:56.46) and Wang Shun (1:56.70).

MEDAL TABLE THROUGH DAY 5

Gold Silver Bronze Total
USA 9 2 7 18
Australia 3 3 6 12
Canada 5 2 7
Japan 1 4 1 6
Hungary 3 1 4
Russia 1 2 1 4
Italy 1 2 1 4
Great Britain 1 2 3
China 1 2 3
Lithuania 2 2
Sweden 1 1
Belarus 1 1
Netherlands 1 1
Norway 1 1

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iLikePsych
1 year ago

For the first time, I literally read the men’s 100 free final line by line, refusing to let my wandering eyes spoil the ‘result’.

Konner Scott
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 year ago

Ha! Same here!

JP input is too short
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 year ago

Same! I purposely didn’t scroll down far enough for the results to show on my screen.

Ryan
Reply to  JP input is too short
1 year ago

Same!!

Duncan on these fools
Reply to  iLikePsych
1 year ago

Can’t wait for that race. I will say, as much as I like Ryan Held I think Duncan Scott podiums in the 100. Does a 46.1 not count for anything?? I know people will say “relay split” and “he was drafting off of Adrian.” But, 46.1 is a phenomenal split no matter how you slice it. I think he’s got more in his tank than 47.7.

I also would not be surprised to see Adrian make the individual over Held at US trials.

Irish Ringer
Reply to  Duncan on these fools
1 year ago

That 46.1 was just a relay split 🙂

Dee
1 year ago

What a miserably weak race the womens 200fl has become. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Hosszu pop up there next summer; She went 2.06.6 last spring.

I think Duncan may have a stronger 100 this year. He was a lot faster in season than he has been before and his 50 was massively improved SC. Won’t trouble the top two thougj; Dressel vs Chalmers will be a race for the ages.

I’ll take the Americans over the Aussies for the womens 4×2, but I’ll be gutted if Allison Schmitt isn’t on the relay. Also like to see Canada give themselves a chance; Put Ruck on first and try to hang on to Titmus. Sanchez & Overholt (?) On 2 and… Read more »

Rafael
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

The Chinese Girls were superb on this event.. Mireia at some points seemed like she could get close to the Chinese but until now no one got even close to them

Dee
Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

They were, but it wasn’t just the very top, the event was so deep once. 2011 Worlds, 7 girls went under 2.07 in the SFs. 2.06.6 was joint last in the final. Natsumi Hoshi went 2.05 and missed a medal. Just such a sad regression for the event.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Hentke turned 31 on 4 June 2020.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

Belmonte turns 30 on 10 Nov 2020, Hoshi turns 30 on 21 Aug 2020, Hosszu turns 32 on 03 May 2021.

AnEn
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

I think the women’s 200 fly is a very special event, because it is pretty much impossible to be competitive in the 100 fly and 200 fly at the same time. Who, apart from Phelps and maybe Le Clos, mastered that double recently? Milak is great in both, but so far never at the same time. I think in the IM’s, the breastroke and the backstroke it is easier to double up (not to mention the freestyle). So if you want to give yourself as many medal chances as possible, the 200 fly might not be the best choice. It seems as if the best combination is 200 fly + the two IM’s instead of the 100 fly. Seto, Phelps,… Read more »

Dee
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Jess Schipper won world titles in both, and Olympic bronzes in both in the same year. Petria Thomas and Otylia Jedrzejczak did too, but that was obviously a long time ago. The WR holder, Liu Zige, swam 56.0 the same week she set that 200 WR, but was never anywhere near that time internationally. Cseh also won medals in both at the same worlds, a gold and a silver. As you say, it is very rare, I can’t think of any more than those few…

AnEn
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

All of them were a long time ago, so not really relevant.

AnEn
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

1:53.7 is much slower than he is now and now that he is much better in the 200 fly he apparently can’t come close to his 100 fly PB anymore.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Hosszu cleaned up at the 2016 Rio Olympics by swimming the individual medleys and the backstroke not the butterfly.

AnEn
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

So? If she wants the chance to win a 3rd gold, then she won’t compete in the backstroke events, so this only leaves the 200 fly for her in my opinion.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Hosszu will have to first beat out Kapas and Szilagyi at the Olympic Team Trials. Kaoas and Szilagyi were both finalists in the women’s 200 meter butterfly at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.

Brownish
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

Szilágyi with Tusup? Of coure she will. Otherwise there are Jakabos end the juniors, too.

anen
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

If she can’t beat those two, then there is no point in even competing in this event at the olympics. Those two are borderline medal contenders at best and Hosszu should only pick this event if she has a realistic chance to win gold. For that it would probably take 2:05.0 to 2:05.5. Hosszu can fully focus on the 200 fly at the hungarian nationals because she has no competition in the IM’s, so if she has sub 2:06 in her then she should be able to swim that time at nationals and qualify (i don’t see Szilagyi or Kapas swimming those times).

Brownish
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

True. I hope so.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

It will be interesting to watch the progression of Regan Smith in the women’s long course butterfly events in the years to come.

Brownish
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Right. Or Kapás with her long frees.

Virtus
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

I wouldn’t be surprised to see Regan Smith pop a 204

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Virtus
1 year ago

Regan Smith wins with a time of 2:05.52. Regan Smith posted a 2:06.39 untapered in the women’s 200 meter butterfly at the 2020 TYR Pro Swim Series in Des Moines.

swimgeek
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

So Regan will only go .9 faster than her 2020 pro series race? I think she can go 2:04

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  swimgeek
1 year ago

I would rather be on the conservative side than post a ridiculous projection. Besides, I don’t believe Hali Flickinger (DOB 07 Jul 1994) can surpass her personal best time of 2:05.87 (07/25/2018).

leisurely1:29
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

Why you so obsessed with everyone’s DOB😂

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Hosszu did not even show up in the final of the women’s 200 meter backstroke at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships. Good luck in the women’s 200 meter butterfly at the age of 32.

Ragnar
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

assuming she’s dropped the backstrokes, Hosszu will have 200 +200+200 butterfly, 400 +400 IM, and 200+200+200 IM of racing in Tokyo. given her training methods, a total of 2000m fast swimming over the course of the games shouldn’t kill her. I expect a 3 gold performance, a focus on building a even bigger brand while cutting back on going to every meet 2021-2024, leading to a her swimming IMs only at the 2024 games, earning 1 gold, 1 bronze, and retiring. Then runs for FINA President

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

At the age of 32, Hosszu would be exhausted after swimming the 400 IM, 200 IM prior to the 200 FL.

Brownish
Reply to  Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
1 year ago

She won’t. 🙂

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  Ragnar
1 year ago

Kapas and Szilagyi swam the women’s 200 meter butterfly for Hungary at the 2019 FINA World Aquatics Championships.

MTK
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

The women’s 200fly looks worse than it is due to the insane WR of course, but it is extremely disappointing to see a lack of swimmers able to beat world leading times from 30 years ago.

In the past 4 years (post Rio 2016) the only swimmers to put up a time on the all-time top 25 performers list are Hentke, Thomas, Belmonte, and Flickinger.

Brownish
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Think the same about Hosszu. Leave all the backs and swim and win 2 IMs and swim the 200 fly. The schedule is not the best, but if somebody could do it she Is. And of course some relays.
Cseh can be in the final in 200 IM.
Németh will be faster.

rafal
1 year ago

C’mon Poland! Are we leading the medal table yet??? ;-)))

Relax, Runran, I’m joking,
I do know where we are now.

AnEn
Reply to  rafal
1 year ago

I don’t get it … ? Do you expect Poland to lead the athletics medal table at some point?

Rafal
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

We could be. But unfortunately there is no Hammer throw, Hammer Fly, Hammer throw backstroke and Hammer throw backstroke in a slightly-colder-water😉

Stupid joke, I know

SeanSwimsX17
1 year ago

Men 800 Freestyle
1. Paltrinieri 7:38.80
2. Romanchuk 7:39.03
3. Christiansen 7:40.88

Men 200 Breast
1. Chupkov 2:06.32
2. M. Wilson 2:06.70
3. Cook 2:07.09

Women 200 Butterfly
1. Smith 2:05.34 (slower than semis)
2. Flickinger 2:05.70
3. Kapas and Hosszu TIE 2:06.59

Men 100 Freestyle
1. Dressel 46.84 WR
2. Chalmers 46.99
3. Held 47.49

Women 4 x 200 Freestyle Relay
1. USA WR
Simone Manuel – Allison Schmitt – Katie McLaughlin – Katie Ledecky
2. AUS
Ariarne Titmus – Madi Wilson – Bri Throssell – Emma McKeon
3. CAN
Taylor Ruck – Kayla Sanchez – Emily Overholt OR… Read more »

AnEn
Reply to  SeanSwimsX17
1 year ago

How the hell does this comment have so much upvotes? None of Kolesnikov/Larkin/Xu even makes the 200 back final? What?
Also: Coleman, Ikee, Oleksiak, Ruck and Kromowidjojo all miss the 100 free final?

Admin
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Personally I think Mitch swims the 200 IM and not the 200 back, so I don’t think he’ll even be in the race.

Kolesnikov didn’t swim the race at Worlds, and while we know he’s been working back from injuries, there’s no guarantee that he’ll swim it (or be top 2 for that matter) at Russian Trials.

It’s easy enough to say “those swimmers all miss the 100 free final?” – but if you put one of them in, and you bump one out, “Heemskerk misses the 100 free final??” replaces them. It’s a deep event. Who are you bumping out for one of those?

AnEn
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

For example Weitzel and Hopkin …

Admin
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Weitzeil’s time from US Nationals in the 100 free (after racing Worlds) in 2019 was faster than Kromowidjojo or Oleksiak. Ruck and Coleman were about a tenth faster in 2019 than was Weitzeil. Hopkin was only a few hundredths behind Weitzeil. And we all know the context with Ikee – we still don’t know what she’s going to be after coming back from that.

So I mean…any of those swimmers you named could make the final over Weitzeil or Hopkin, but there’s not like a glaring compelling reason why they will that I can think of.

AnEn
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Kromowidjojo: Much faster PB, much more experience at the big stage, already within 0.15 seconds of Weitzel’s PB this year
Oleksiak: Much younger, much better PB
Ruck: Much younger, better PB
Coleman: Faster this year in-season than Weitzel ever was

To sum it up: You might be right that Coleman and Weitzel/Hopkin have about the same chance of making the final, although it will be much more difficult for Weitzel to qualify, so i would still give the edge to Coleman. The other 3 girls are all faster + more experienced + younger (Kromowidjojo
excluded). As you see there are very good reasons why one should assume that Ruck/Oleksiak/Kromowidjojo are more likely to make the final than Weitzel.

Smith-King-Dahlia-Manuel
Reply to  AnEn
1 year ago

Women’s 100 meter freestyle
Personal Best Times
Comerford – 52.59
Weitzeil – 53.18

Miss M
Reply to  Braden Keith
1 year ago

Mitch has made it pretty clear that he prefers the backstroke to the 200IM. I think even if he’s a better chance in the IM that he swims the 200Back.

USA!!!!
Reply to  SeanSwimsX17
1 year ago

nope

Woke Stasi
1 year ago

Meanwhile in China, the Three Gorges Dam is only hours away from bursting (due massive torrential rainfall). Chinese Premier Xi Jinping asks for a volunteer who can swim and insert a special device into the face of the dam that will increase its strength by 10%. Only one man steps forward — but he is thoroughly familiar with “strength-building additives.” His name is SUN YANG. He swims the 1.5 kilometers in just over fourteen minutes, and performs the dam task. The Yangtze River Valley is saved! This heroic athletic act overshadows everything happening in Tokyo. IOC President Thomas Bach invites Sun Yang to carry the Olympic flag in the closing ceremonies. (And SwimSwam fanboys go berserk!)

DistanceSwimmer
Reply to  Woke Stasi
1 year ago

When did this happen?

Irish Ringer
Reply to  DistanceSwimmer
1 year ago

I believe it was Monday afternoon.

N P
1 year ago

Pretty much the only prediction I have a problem with is that Wellbrock wouldn’t have the finishing kick to hang in with everyone – he split 27.26 on the end of the mile in Gwangju, the second-fastest last 50 of the mile (0.05 behind Aubry’s). He out split Paltrinieri on the final 50 by nearly 1.5 seconds. So while I don’t think he has the front-end speed to win, I don’t think Wellbrock would lack the finishing kick at the end.

Dee
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

26.9, 26.9, 27.0, 27.2 are Wellbrock’s final 50s in his fastest 1500s. Also came back in 26.9 when he set his 800 PB. His 200fr (1.49.1 from 2018) isn’t too shabby at all for a real distance man.

AnEn
Reply to  Dee
1 year ago

Not sure how much that 200 free time means. As far as i can remember he never swam the 200 free when he was in peak shape. He only swims the 800 and 1500 free.

AnEn
Reply to  N P
1 year ago

Agreed. I don’t see Wellbrock winning a medal. The 800 free is a really weird event for him. I think he is better than Paltrinieri in the 400 free, the 1500 free and the 10k open water, but for some reason Paltrinieri is clearly better than him in the 800 free. Maybe he will figure this event out until next year. He has been 7:43 last year, so even with a mild improvement he could get into the medals.

Yabo
1 year ago

No way chupkov doesn’t improve on that world record. I say 1:02.00-1:03.89 for a 2:05.89 wr and a gold medal

Rafael
Reply to  Yabo
1 year ago

Outspliting everyone on the last 50 like a Pro against a bunch of Kids..

Rylov also will swim a 1:54:00 with minimun effot carrying a cross of 5kg on the semi just for training purposes

Yabo
Reply to  Rafael
1 year ago

I mean yea, that’s kinda chupkov has been doing for the past 3.5 years.

Also i find it funny how many of the Russians wear necklaces while they’re racing.

Corn Pop
Reply to  Yabo
1 year ago

Their x is in line with the new massive Defence Church built to honour Russia. . It is not your grandmother’s X unless she was an Exorcist fan .

Casas 100 back gold in Tokyo
1 year ago

My opinion:

Paltrinieri won’t win the 800. Even if he wins, it will not be a PB. Wellbrock will medal.
Cook medals in 200 breast.
Regan Smith wins 200 fly.

About James Sutherland

James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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