Vlad Morozov Hints at Focusing on 50, Dropping 100 for Tokyo Olympics


Russian star Vlad Morozov hinted at thoughts of dropping the 100 free for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo Japan. In interviews after he missed the semi-finals of the men’s 100 free, swimming 49.09 for 24th-place in prelims, Morozov told the Russian media

“Apparently, I was preparing for 50 meters more (than the 100). I think it may be worth preparing for the Olympiad only for 50 meters, we will see. I felt as if I was swimming a 48.00. Strange,” Morozov said after the race.

He wasn’t even sure what his time was immediately upon finishing.

“(After finishing), then the scoreboard turned off, and the time did not show. I stood, waited about five seconds, until the time was displayed on the scoreboard. This 100 never worked for me, we will prepare for the 50 free. In the relay, the sensations on the hundred were better, and the time was much better, but that race was a final, and I was a second faster, and in the morning all of the sensations are completely different.

“We’ll cheer for Vlad Grinev.”

Morozov was referring to his relay swims, which have been considerably better than was his flat-start in the 100 free on Wednesday morning. For example, in the men’s 400 free relay final, he split a 47.62 on Russia’s 2nd leg with a .33 reaction time. That’s conservatively the equivalent of a 48.0 from a flat start.

Morozov was not a member of the Russian 400 mixed medley relay, which finished 4th, in spite of being one of the country’s most productive relay swimmers ever: out of his 55 major-meet international medals, 34 have come in relays.

As the sport moves further-and-further into a world of hyper-specialization  (Caeleb Dressel is the only swimmer at the last 4 World Championships to even medal at the same meet in both the 50 and 100 free), Morozov, who was extremely versatile in college (and continues to be on the international circuit) is being pushed to choose between even the 50 and 100 free. Heshould still be a contender in the 50 free that begins on Friday morning – even though he’s a lower seed in that race (5th) than he was in the 100 free (4th). Morozov finished just 24th in the 100 free at the 2017 World Championships as well before later going on to finish 4th in the 50, so his fortunes in the two races have not necessarily been linked.

Morozov was the 100 free World Champion in short course meters in 2012 and has twice been a 100 free European Champion in short course meters. At the 2016 Olympic Games, he was 10th in the 50 free and 9th in the 100 free, missing the final in both races.

Vladimir Grinev, who is the Russian National Champion in this event, having set the Russian National Record en route to his title in April, qualified 4th into the final with a 47.82.



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2 years ago

After his prelim swim I thought he already had.

2 years ago

very smart move as silver and bronze are wide open in Tokyo

Reply to  AuntieM
2 years ago

Silver and bronze are wide open after Dressel, Manadou, Fratus, Proud, Adrian….

Cheatin Vlad
2 years ago

Dressel basically retired him from the 100.

2 years ago

Cuz it’s just so much longer

Prison MIke
2 years ago

Betting only on the 50 in Tokyo is a big gamble. It’ll be one of the most stacked events ever with Dressel, Proud, Fratus and Manaudou being the most likely to make the podium. That being said, Vlad doesn’t have that much of a chance in the 100 free so hopefully it pays off for him.

2 years ago

He’s still tired after that first 50 in Barcelona

2 years ago

There are many guys un Russia who could have swam faster the 100m freestyle.. If he didnt want to train for this, why did he take the place instead of some young guy? Selfish move in my lopinion

2 years ago

Vlad has always excelled at SC competition (he’s the reigning SC 50 world champion) and struggled for consistency in the longer pool. His best LC 50 still puts him in the mix for minor medals on the big stage, but there’s fierce competition in that event (he placed 4th both in Kazan and Budapest). It’ll be tough but I’m rooting for him to get back on the podium this week.

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