In the men’s 400m freestyle James Guy from Great Britain went out fast but was unable to maintain the lead in the last 200m and concluded the race coming 6th with a time of 3:44.68. It was a brave move from Guy but how will the World Championships fend for the 200m freestyle tonight?
Mack Horton from Australia won gold in a tight finish in a time of 3:41.55, 2 seconds faster than he went in the heats. Sun came 2nd with a time of 3:41.68, after he served a doping ban in secret in 2014, news of which was only announced in China retrospectively, and Horton ignored his rival when he attempted to make contact during a practice swim. Horton stated that he doesn’t have time for drug cheats. Do you think athletes that have been done for drugs should be banned for life? Gabriele Detti from Italy claimed the bronze medal with a time of 3:43.49 and is coached by Stefano Morini.
In the 400m individual medley we saw a very fast race which concluded in a world record from Katinka Hosszú with a time of 4:26.36. With a busy schedule Hosszú will be competing in the 100m backstroke, 200m individual medley and 200m butterfly later on in the week. Madeline Dirado from the US came 2nd with a time of 4:31.15. The world champion is coached by Greg Meehan and is nicknamed Maya because her sister could not say “Madeline” when she came home from the hospital. Mireia Belmonte from Spain won bronze with a time of 4:32.39 and is coached by Fred Vergnoux. Hannah Miley from Great Britain, nickname Smiley Miley just missed out on the bronze medal position with a time of 4:32.54. This is Hannah Miley’s 3rd Olympics but she insists that she is enjoying the sport and there may be one more Olympics left in her. Aimee Willmott who is coached by Lisa Bates swam a promsing final to come 7th, in her first Olympics she is one to watch in the future. Willmott will compete in the 200m fly on Tuesday.
The men’s 100m breatsroke semi-final saw Adam Peaty, who is coached by Mel Marshall, not to disappoint. Placing the 2nd fastest ever time behind his own world record set in the morning he will be seeded first into the final. Cody Miller is ranked 2nd after the United States swimmer got a time of 59.05. Miller is coached by Ray Looze and is married to a high school and age group coach, Rainbow Miller. Cameron van der Burgh placed 3rd in the semi-finals, going faster than he performed in the heats with a time of 59.21 but how will the reigning 100m breastroke champion swim in the final?
In the 4x100m freestyle relay the Australian team; which was represented by Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell and 100m freestyle world record holder Cate Campbell; broke the world record with a time of 3:30.65. Simone Manuel, Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky came second with a time of 3:31.89 for the United States. Canada which included 2, 16 year olds acquired the bronze medal with a time of 3:32.89 so are a team to look out for in the future.
Bio: My journey into coaching started when I was 10 when I started assisting at the swimming lessons at my club. I progressed too gradually having more responsibility and to having my own group and gaining my qualifications. I am now also an assistant coach with our junior squads and an official. I was selected to attend the Youth Sport Trust National Talent Camp due to my work in coaching and officiating. I hope to share my journey and aspirations as a young coach through this blog.