Vlad Morozov Has New Goals for Long Course…

For those of you who aren’t on “the Twitter,” or simply missed it, here’s a little update on what Vlad Morozov is shooting for this summer.

He posted a picture of a piece of paper that he says he’s had hanging over his bed for a while. That piece of paper had “17.9” and “40.8” written on it; presumably referring to the 17.9 relay split and 40.8 flat-start 100 free that he cleared this past weekend (he was a 17.86 relay start on the 50, and set the NCAA and U.S. Open Records in the 100 freestyle with a 40.76.

Now, he’s revealed what his goals are for this summer: 21.50 (50 free long course) and 47 (100 free long course). Those would give him a big chance at a podium at the World Championships, and though he said he was shaved and tapered for this meet, he’s been fast all-year long so they’re both within reach. He was as good as 22.06 in the 50 and 48.56 in the 100 freestyles in long course in 2012.

As they say, it’s not a goal unless you write it down. This is a great strategy for young swimmers to learn from: writing down realistic goals, and putting them somewhere that you’ll look at them every day. Not to put too much pressure on yourself, but for whenever you hit the down cycles that are inevitable in training as difficult as swimming, it’s a good reminder of why you’re doing it, and what you’re shooting for.

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I say he goes 21.3/46.9


That’s ubsurd he hasn’t improved that much since last summer I say 21.58 and 47.7


Agreed with you..

And those times.. are Not Medal level..

Magnussen/Adrian/Agnel can go faster than that at 100.. maybe even Verschuren and Garcia..

At 50 Cielo/Manadou (if the first on perfect conditions) they can break the 21.3 barrier… and some other guys (Fratus, Jones, Adrian) can go sub 21.5…

it’s time for a sub 47…. The talent’s out there.


Who do you think is the most likely to go sub 47?

Philip Johnson

Magnussen has shown he is the most capable. A half a second improvement in a year for Adrian will be awfully tough.


Magnussen for sure…

And this year robertson will probably have to prove he is not just a fluke…


Firstly it is James Maybe when he finishes university he will able to devote more time tto racing & especially overseas racing.

So far he rarely races even domestically – only once since London.


I was referring to James Roberts – but it also goes for JM .


If Garcia from Cuba had good stroke mechanics (and good starts & turns) he’d have been miles under 47 already, no question about it. (Legend has it that in his first international 100m free since switching from water polo he did a touch turn and still swam under 51 seconds….)

Philip Johnson

He has natural talent no doubt. If he can get the technique down, he can be among the best.

Migel Palota

The craziest talent I’ve ever seen!!! That guy closes over the last 25m like a freaking freight train!!


USC and Auburn would both be great places for him to hone in on his incredible talents. If he can fix up his starts, turns, and make some changes to his stroke, he could be one of if not the best.


He’s absolutely incredible on top of the water. I’ve not been around top level swimming very much, but I don’t see why his short course success shouldn’t translate to long course. His turnover is insane. It’ll be fun to watch.

Philip Johnson

I like Vlad, but I also think his height (5’11) will limit him. He will have to work twice as hard just to cover as much pool as his 6’6-6’7 opponents and it will be more about turns and starts, especially for the 100. I’m not saying he can’t do it, but it will be a surprise for me if he breaks 48. in the 50, I think he can fare better.


Height doesn’t matter. My friend is 4’11” and has high school district titles in 100 back. Sure its an advantage but vlad has the speed to counter it. I see him at least at bronze in the sprints

Philip Johnson

I’m happy for your friend, but in the freestyle at the long course level, height cannot be ignored as a factor that benefits swimmers. Franklin, Agnel, Adrian, Yang, Manaudou just to name a few. If Vlad breaks those barriers, it will be unusual for a swimmer of his height at that distance is all I’m saying.


Vlad is 6’1″


Vlad is 1,80m.. it goes as 6’0 max..


Like I said its definitely an advantage but I don’t see Adrian, Cesar or agnel going 17.86 50 free. They may not have yards to swim in, but morozov is simply one of the greatest sprinters of the age.


Vlad time was on a relay…
and When Cielo/Adrian were swimming their team was so good they neved had to catch up other guys… If they had the could have broken the 18 seconds barrier..

And vlad may become more like a Lezak (Very Good Swimmer, excels at Relay), but we will have to wait for worlds..

you are overestimating YARDS times.
When Cielo made 18.47(wearing a Speedo FS Pro), he was ONLY 21.84 in 50 free LCM(Time he won PanAM games).Later that year(2008), he won Olympics in 21.30, but it was wearing a LZR suit.

I have no doubt, with proper training, Cielo and Manaudou(Both at their best-injury free), can break 18seconds barrier FLAT START.

And the Adrian who made 41.1 wasnt the Adrian who made 47.5 at Olympics.I believe Adrian can take down Morozov 40.7 with proper training.


All I’m saying is that height isn’t a deciding factor! I’m sure that there are others that can break 18 seconds flat start. I’m sure they could even crush Vlad! I was only commenting on he height issue!


I don’t know where you guys get that he is 5’11. I see it says he is 5’11 on wikipedia but that is not correct, he has to be taller than that. It also says there that he is 73 kgs…He is muscular enough to be heavier than that too. I think he is closer to 80.

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