U.S. Trials’ Impact On World’s Top 5 In Each Event: Men’s Edition

With the 2016 U.S. Olympic Trials done and dusted, let’s take a look at where the best of the stars n’ stripes stand among the rest of the world with the Olympic Games in Rio scheduled to kick-off just 20 days from now. We’ll review the men’s world rankings in this piece, strictly looking at the top 5, before publishing a separate post for the women.

When looking at the top 5 in each event around the globe, Australia holds the most #1 ranked swims of the season for the men. Backstroking dynamo Mitch Larkin owns the top marks in both the 100m and 200m distances, while teenager Mack Horton holds the top seed in the 400m freestyle and “The Professor”, Cameron McEvoyclaims a #1 rank of his own in the stunner of a time he threw down in the men’s 100m freestyle at Australian Trials – 47.04.

Conversely, America has just one top-ranked swim in Cal weapon Josh Prenot‘s 200m breaststroke from Trials. His mark of 2:07.17 from Omaha was just .16 of a second off of the current World Record and sets Prenot up as a major player to top the podium in Rio.

What the United States lacks in number of #1 times, however, they make up for in #2 placements, highlighted by 31-year-old Michael Phelps‘s 200m IM and 100m butterfly outings from Trials. Cal grad Nathan Adrian sits as the 2nd-fastest swimmer in his gold medal event from 2012, the men’s 100m freestyle, while Kevin CordesDavid Plummer and Ryan Murphy also hold the world’s #2 times in the 100m breaststroke, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke, respectively.

Two notable performances that stand out within the rankings include Conor Dwyer‘s 200m freestyle time of 1:45.41 that is positioned as 3rd best in the world headed into Rio. Although within the top 5, Dwyer’s outing did not take place in Omaha, but rather in Santa Clara at an Arena Pro Swim Series stop. His time in Omaha was 1:45.67 to finish 2nd to Texas young gun Townley Haas, with both of those men’s Omaha marks sitting out of the world’s top 5.

The other eye-opening performance within the landscape of the world’s best is Pebley‘s 100m backstroke time. His 52.95 from Omaha is ranked 5th in the world but finished just 4th at Trials and, therefore, out of the competition in Rio. The fact someone can rank within the world’s top 5 yet out of the Olympic Games speaks to the immensely speedy depth in the event by the American men.

Below is a complete list of the world’s top 5 times headed into Rio for each men’s event.

2015-2016 LCM Men 200 IM

MichaelUSA
PHELPS
08/11
1.54.66
2Kosuke
HAGINO
JPN1.55.0704/08
3Ryan
LOCHTE
USA1.56.2207/01
4Shun
WANG
CHN1.57.0508/11
5Thiago
PEREIRA
BRA1.57.1108/10
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2015-2016 LCM Men 400 IM

KosukeJPN
HAGINO
08/06
4.06.05
2Chase
KALISZ
USA4.06.7508/06
3Daiya
SETO
JPN4.08.4708/06
4Jay
LITHERLAND
USA4.11.0206/26
5Thomas
FRASER-HOLMES
AUS4.11.0904/07
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2015-2016 LCM Men 50 Free

2Bruno
FRATUS
BRA21.37*relay12/18
3Anthony
ERVIN
USA21.4008/12
4Cameron
McEVOY
AUS21.4404/13
5Andrii
GOVOROV
UKR21.4608/11
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2015-2016 LCM Men 100 Free

2Kyle
CHALMERS
AUS47.58*WJR08/10
3Nathan
ADRIAN
USA47.7206/30
4Pieter
TIMMERS
BEL47.8008/10
5Santo
CONDORELLI
CAN47.8808/10
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2015-2016 LCM Men 200 Free

SunCHN
YANG
08/07
1.44.63
2James
GUY
GBR1.45.1904/17
3Chad
LE CLOS
RSA1.45.2008/08
4Conor
DWYER
USA1.45.2308/08
5Paul
BIEDERMANN
GER1.45.4505/08
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2015-2016 LCM Men 400 Free

MackAUS
HORTON
08/06
3.41.55
2Sun
YANG
CHN3.41.6808/06
3Conor
DWYER
USA3.43.4208/06
4Gabriele
DETTI
ITA3.43.4908/06
5Connor
JAEGER
USA3.43.7906/26
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2015-2016 LCM Men 1500 Free

2Connor
JAEGER
USA14.39.4808/13
3Mack
HORTON
AUS14.39.5404/14
4Gabriele
DETTI
ITA14.40.8608/13
5Jordan
WILIMOVSKY
USA14.45.0308/13
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2015-2016 LCM Men 100 FLY

JosephSIN
SCHOOLING
08/12
50.39*OR
2Laszlo
CSEH
HUN50.8605/21
3Michael
PHELPS
USA51.0007/02
4Chad
LE CLOS
RSA51.0911/07
5Tom
SHIELDS
USA51.2007/02
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2015-2016 LCM Men 200 FLY

LaszloHUN
CSEH
05/19
1.52.91
2Michael
PHELPS
USA1.53.3608/09
3Masato
SAKAI
JPN1.53.4008/09
4Tamas
KENDERESEI
HUN1.53.6208/09
5Chad
LE CLOS
RSA1.54.0608/09
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2015-2016 LCM Men 100 BREAST

AdamGBR
PEATY
08/07
57.13 *WR*OR
2Cameron
VAN DER BURGH
RSA58.6908/07
3Cody
MILLER
USA58.8708/07
4Yasuhiro
KOSEKI
JPN58.9108/06
5Kevin
CORDES
USA58.9406/26
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2015-2016 LCM Men 200 BREAST

JoshUSA
PRENOT
06/30
2.07.17
2Ippei
WATANABE
JPN2.07.22*OR08/09
3Dmitriy
BALANDIN
KAZ2.07.4608/10
4Marco
KOCH
GER2.07.6901/30
5Anton
CHUPKOV
RUS2.07.7008/10
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2015-2016 LCM Men 100 BACK

RyanUSA
MURPHY
08/13
51.85*WR*OR
2Mitchell
LARKIN
AUS52.1111/06
3David
PLUMMER
USA52.1206/27
4Jiayu
XU
CHN52.3108/08
5Matt
GREVERS
USA52.5412/03
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2015-2016 LCM Men 200 BACK

MitchellAUS
LARKIN
11/07
1.53.17
2Ryan
MURPHY
USA1.53.6208/11
3Evgeny
RYLOV
RUS1.53.9708/11
4Jacob
PEBLEY
USA1.54.7707/01
5Jiayu
XU
CHN1.54.7904/08
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Swimfan23

Pebley finish 4th in the 100 back at US trials not 3rd just makes it all the more impressive

25METER_IM

I’ve been ready to embrace the Prenot-Ownage since the sick 1:07 breaststroke split in the 400 IM prelims. I smell a 2:05 next month.

Klorn8d

Interesting that the event that the American Men don’t have a top 5 ranking in is 200 fly. I feel like people didn’t realize how slow a swim that was for phelps. Hopefully he has a lot (like 3 seconds) left in him for rio

iLikePsych

Phelps was 1.9 seconds slower than last summer
Shields was .7 slower than his best
Conger was 1.9 slower than his best, which would have made him #1 at trials
Andrew Seliskar was 2.4 seconds slower than his best, which would have been 3rd by only .1
So yeah, people were off their game in the men’s 200 fly final at trials.

Skoorbnagol

Yeah feel the USA still fear Phelps and was bullied at trials. Conger 1.56 after going 1:45 was huge disappointment.
The world no longer fears phelps, that dominance is starting to be forgotten outside the USA, cseh and Chad will know he is there for the taking.

Sticking to my earlier prediction:
Phelps bronze 200fly
Phelps doesn’t medal on the 100fly

Prenot 2.06 on a different topic.

MPwillwin

You guys need to realize that Phelps wasn’t fully tapeed for Trials. He doesn’t talk about going best times at Rio for no reason. The Olympics are his main venue. He will show up

Skoorbnagol

The Olympics is another meet. Just about a billion people watch it. He was rested, he was shaved, he went 1.54.8 and he died.
He’s in trouble on 200fly. 100fly he’s done more work, doesn’t mean he’s going faster on an event that last 50secs.
He will go hiker at Olympics, but just because he’s Michael phelps doesn’t mean it will be a fairy tale ending.
He’s never doing a best time again, sport isn’t a Disney movie.

Bfunk

There isn’t a swimmer in the world who doesn’t fear phelps in the pool.

Attila the Hunt

Katie Ledecky disagrees.

Steve Nolan

Ugliest he’d ever looked at the end of a race. Kinda unprecedented, I think.

Could look at it as a positive – he wasn’t anywhere near fully tapered! – or a negative – he’s too old for that race now, can’t handle it! I’m leaning towards positive, but I suppose we’ll know in a couple weeks.

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