World/American Swimmers of the Early Millennium: Michael Phelps & Katie Ledecky Were Slam Dunks

World/American Swimmers of the Early Millennium: Michael Phelps & Katie Ledecky Were Slam Dunks

He was a boy at the dawn of the millennium, and just one man envisioned a future anywhere near what ultimately unfolded. Bob Bowman was that guy, and through a combination of nerve and foresight, the coach recognized the potential of Michael Phelps to emerge as a once-in-a-lifetime performer. Oh, how Bowman’s prophecy was on target.

Because he is the automatic choice as the greatest swimmer in history, it was simple to name Phelps as the World and American Swimmer of the first score of the Millennium. The difficult part of the exercise was choosing how to fit Phelps’ list of achievements in the allocated space. After all, we’re talking about an athlete who—from 2000-16—attended five Olympiads and walked away with 28 medals.

When Phelps first stepped onto the Olympic stage, he was a 15-year-old racing the 200 butterfly at the 2000 Games in Sydney. The appearance was predicted by Bowman during a conversation with his pupil’s mother, Debbie, almost four years earlier. While Phelps finished fifth and off the podium in his Olympic debut, he proved he belonged and laid the groundwork for bigger moments ahead.

“Sydney inspired us to keep working and to really ask what was possible in the sport of swimming,” Bowman said.

The next year, there was a world record and an initial World Championship title in the 200 fly, and by 2003, Phelps had surpassed Australian icon Ian Thorpe as his sport’s headliner. Quite simply, Phelps was a never-before-seen force, even if he had yet to win an Olympic medal. That hole was filled at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, where Phelps won eight medals—six gold and two bronze.

World records became the norm for Phelps, who set 39 global standards during his career. They came in the 200 freestyle, both butterfly events, each individual medley discipline and as a relay stalwart for the United States. Phelps, too, was one of the world’s best backstrokers, and only scheduling conflicts left him short of medaling in that stroke on the world scene.

In 2008, Phelps stamped himself further into Olympic lore when he followed a seven-title showing at the 2007 World Championships with eight golds at the Beijing Games, those medals complemented by seven world records. The effort surpassed Mark Spitz’s seven golds from the 1972 Munich Games, and was much more difficult, requiring 17 races over eight days—and against deeper competition. Really, the week in Beijing was enough to make Phelps the Swimmer of the Millennium.

“Everything was accomplished,” Phelps said after he wrapped up his Beijing program. “I will have the medals forever. Nothing is impossible. With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination, and that’s something I learned and something that helped me.”

Not surprising, Phelps lacked motivation after Beijing. Sure, he continued to collect huge medal hauls at the 2009 and 2011 World Championships, but he was no longer invincible…and no longer fully dedicated to his training. At the 2012 Olympics, Phelps won six medals, but he failed to medal in the 400 individual medley and was beaten by South African Chad le Clos in the 200 butterfly. Retirement followed for nearly two years, until Phelps decided he wanted to finish his competitive days on his terms—and with a devoted effort to his craft.

Indeed, Phelps closed his career in impressive fashion, as he left the 2016 Olympics with five gold medals and a silver, including a fourth straight victory in the 200 individual medley and the reclaiming of his title in the 200 fly. Of his 28 career Olympic medals, 23 were of the golden variety, and he produced a pair of eight-medal Games and two with six-medal hauls.

There is a tenet in the journalism industry to never suggest a feat will go unmatched. That principle can be discarded when it comes to Phelps. What he accomplished during the first score of this millennium is other-worldly, the stuff of video games.

“This all started and began with one little dream as a kid, to try to change the sport of swimming and do something no one else has ever done, and it turned out pretty cool,” Phelps said.

Pacific Rim Swimmers of the Early Millennium: Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones Make It an Aussie Sweep

Pacific Rim Swimmers of the Millennium: Ian Thorpe and Leisel Jones Make It an Aussie Sweep

With the COVID-19 pandemic canceling the most-important competitions of the year, Swimming World made the decision to suspend its Swimmer of the Year selections for 2020. There simply was not enough data to legitimately honor individuals as World, American, European, Pacific Rim and African Swimmers of the Year. Instead, we decided to name the Swimmers of the Millennium for the first 20 years (2000-19) of the 2000s.

In the first few years of the 2000s, Ian Thorpe was already dubbed by many as the “Swimmer of the Century”— even if it was only a few months into a new millennium. But it was with respect.

At just 17 years old, “The Thorpedo” had already broken seven long course world records across the 200 and 400 freestyle—all before he could walk into a pub in his hometown of Sydney and legally buy a drink. And leading into a home Olympics in 2000, you could almost pencil in Thorpe’s name on the back of the 400 freestyle gold medal.

In the 400 final, Thorpe did just that, beating the field by nearly three full seconds to take nearly a full second off the world record to 3:40.59. About an hour later, he stepped up on the blocks again, this time to anchor Australia’s 400 freestyle relay team.

There was much hype around the race leading into the Games, as the United States team had never been beaten in that relay at the Olympics. Australia elected to lead off with its veterans in Michael Klim and Chris Fydler, and would anchor with their new superstar and face of the Games in Thorpe.

Thorpe dove in ahead of American Gary Hall Jr., who was a gold medal favorite in the 100 freestyle. Thorpe had been known as more of a 400 guy, so it would take the swim of his life to outswim the speedy sprinter Hall.

But as the Thorpedo flipped at the 50 of his leg, the Sydney crowd rose to their feet. Their 17-year-old hero had found another gear, and the Aussies were going ballistic in hopes of seeing the American streak snapped in their home country by their men in green and gold. As the pair raced toward the wall, Thorpe got his hand on the wall first, raised a fist in the air, and climbed out of the water to celebrate one of Australia’s greatest sporting achievements even to this day.

Thorpe had become a national hero, and his legacy was seemingly already cemented as one of the greatest ever.

But in order to become a legend with your “peaks,” you must also have to become a legend with your “valleys.” And two days after Thorpe won two gold medals in one night, he had suffered his first defeat in nearly two years when he was outswum by Pieter van den Hoogenband in the 200 free final.

This sparked a friendly rivalry between the two, with Thorpe getting the better of van den Hoogenband over the next three years, and by 2004, Thorpe had won the anticipated rematch with his Dutch rival as well as a budding superstar in American Michael Phelps.

All in all, Thorpe broke 13 individual world records from 1999-2002, and his best times in the 200 and 400 freestyle would still be Olympic-title contending today, his effort in the 400 free still the best textile time in history.

West Coast Pair Ashton Brinkworth And Zac Incerti Share Sprint Free Honors At WA State Champs

UWA-West Coast training partners Ashton Brinkworth and Zac Incerti have shared the top honours in the blue-ribband 100m freestyle on Day Two of the 2020 Hancock Prospecting Western Australian Swimming Championships at the HBF Stadium, Perth.

The morning session saw Brinkworth (50.09) utilise his early speed (splitting 24.25 at the 50m turn) to out-touch Incerti (50.28) and Jackson Grovers (St Hildas) 51.82 to claim the Hick’s Ive trophy for the Open 100m freestyle title for the third consecutive year,

Brinkworth joining names like WA Olympic stars Eamon Sullivan, Todd Pearson and Bill Kirby on the coveted trophy.

But when they returned to the pool for the evening session and the 20 years and over State title it was Incerti who turned the tables on Brinkworth with Grovers again third home in 52.13.

The pair were again out fast, however this time it was Incerti who led at the turn, out in 24.32.

Incerti, the opening night’s winner of the 200m freestyle, held on to claim the gold medal in an agonising 50.00 with Brinkworth home in 50.18.

Incerti was happy with performance given the workload he is currently under, saying: “(backing up races) is important, especially at events where the competition isn’t as high. Continuing to learn and execute is a crucial skill for all swimmers.”

The Michael Palfrey-coached pair will continue their rivalry in the men’s 400m freestyle where they will meet last night’s 800m freestyle winner, the Michael Shaw trained Adam Sudlow (UWA-West Coast) who won the title in 8:07.03.

In the women’s 100m freestyle it was Rio Olympian and world championship relay gold medallist Brianna Throssell (UWA-West Coast) who stormed out of the blocks yesterday morning to claim the Open title in 55.39 and a record ninth Roy Hammond Memorial Trophy from Hollie Barratt (Rockingham) 56.56 and returning Rio relay silver medallist Tamsin Cook (UWA West Coast) 57.30

When the girls returned last night it was a much closer affair with Throssell and Barratt going stroke-for-stroke, Barratt out in 26.69.

But it wasn’t enough to hold Throssell off who powered home to take the WA State title in 55.01 ahead of Barratt’s 55.17.

In other events Rio Olympian and 400IM winner from night won Blair Evans (UWA-West Coast) showed her immense versatility claiming gold in the women’s 19 & Over 200m backstroke (2:19.88) and the 200m breaststroke (2:34.46).

Evans, coached by Will Scott, has completed 1200m of intense racing since the Championships began and will continue her heavy racing program on Monday with the 200m IM before she lines up against Throssell in the 200m butterfly.

Other notable swims came from Josh Edwards-Smith (UWA-West Coast) who clocked 2:02.41 to clock the fastest time of the night to win the 17 years 200m backstroke and the 100m freestyle in 52.33 while Hugh Moran (UWA-West Coast) who clocked 51.44 in the 18-19 years 100m freestyle.

In the men’s 18-19 years 200m breaststroke it was Sasha Bell (UWA West Coast) who won the gold medal) in 2:17.02 from Joshua Yong (UWA West Coast) 2:19.12 and Matthew Joubert (South Shore) 2:24.89.

The 400m individual medley winner from night one, Kieren Pollard (North Coast) added the 18-19 years 200m backstroke in 2:08.47 in another close affair from Callan Smith (Scarborough Beach) 2:08.65.

Kaylee McKeown Clocks 57.93 For The Second Fastest 100m Backstroke in History

Queensland’s new wonder girl Kaylee McKeown has clocked the second fastest time in history with a new Commonwealth and Australian record of 57.93 in a stunning swim on the opening night of the Queensland State Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre.

The 19-year-old from the USC Spartans on the Queensland Sunshine Coast becomes only the second swimmer to break the 58 second barrier – bettered only by American world record holder Regan Smith’s 57.57, set at last year’s Fina World Championships in Gwangju.

Kaylee McKeown’s time clipped 0.17 off Canadian Kyle Masse’s 2017 Commonwealth mark of 58.10 and 0.18 off her own Australian, Australian All-Comers and Queensland and Queensland All-Comers record of 58.11, set just a month ago in the same pool.

And it continues her remarkable month of record-breaking swims after her short course 200m backstroke world record, also set at the same pool at the Swimming Australia Virtual SC Meet.

The Chris Mooney coached McKeown set the pool alight, splitting  28.46 for the first 50m before  powering home down the second lap, swimming away from the field, hammering home a 29.47 back end split.

The longer the last lap went the strong she looked, setting another another milestone for the girl with her sights set on next year’s Olympics in Tokyo.

McKeown beat home her fellow world championship silver medallist from Gwangju, Minna Atherton (Moreton Bay) in 59.46 and another future star in 16-year-old Mollie O’Callaghan (St Peters Western) 1:00.31, just outside her best of 1:00.15.

And in an extraordinary show of stamina Kaylee McKeown backed up 30 minutes later to win the 400m individual medley in the second fastest time ever by an Australian swimmer in a time of 4:32.73 – bettered only by 2008 Olympic champion Stephanie Rice’s 4:29.45.

Emma McKeon and Elijah Winnington Shine On Night Two of the Queensland State Swimming Championships

Gold Coasters Emma McKeon (Griffith University) and Elijah Winnington (St Peters Western) were just two of the stars of a thrilling second night of finals at the Queensland State Swimming Championships at the Brisbane Aquatic Centre tonight.

It was Winnington who joined an elite club after his fighting finish to win the men’s 400m freestyle with the 20-year-old Commonwealth Games 4x200m relay gold medallist clocking a personal best time of 3:43.90.


The North Carolina 18 & Under Winter Champs concluded Sunday, featuring the 100 free, 200 back, 200 IM, and 1650 free. Emily Knorr, a 17-year-old out of Mecklenburg Swim Association, took the women’s 1650 by a convincing 10-second margin. Knorr broke both 16:30 and 16:20 for the first time, finishing in 16:19.20. Her swim currently stands at 4th in the virtual rankings for the USA Swimming Winter Juniors meet.

There was a battle in the men’s 1650 between North Carolina Aquatic Club 18-year-old Jay Baker, and Unattached 16-year-old Patrick Sleater. Baker got out to a little bit of an early lead, flipping at the first 500 in 4:35.56, with Sleater not far behind in 4:37.01. Baker expanded the lead slightly over the next 500 yards, splitting 4:40.12 there for a 9:15.68 at the 100, while Sleater was 4:41.60 for a 9:18.61 1000 split. The gap between the pair stayed largely the same over the last 650 yards of the race, with Baker ultimately finishing in 15:21.45, and Sleater came in 2nd in 15:24.92. Both swimmers had massive best times, with Baker dropping 20.32 seconds, and Sleater knocking 22.23 seconds off his personal best. Baker is currently 2nd in the Winter Juniors standings, and Sleater is 4th.

Unattached 18-year-old Garrett Boone broke 44 seconds for the first time in the men’s 100 free, winning the event by over half a second. Boone swam a 43.76, undercutting his previous best of 44.05, which he swam almost exactly one year ago. That swim puts him 2nd in the Winter Juniors standings. SwimMAC Carolina’s Logan Zucker swam a huge best time, coming in 2nd with a 44.44. He entered the meet with a best of 45.67, marking an improvement of 1.23 seconds.

Mecklenburg Swim Association 18-year-old Lindsay Flynn swam a lifetime best of 48.15 en route to winning the women’s 100 free. Flynn was out quick, splitting 22.97 on the first 50, and came home in 25.18. Flynn came into the meet with a best of 48.44. The swim puts her 3rd in the Winter Juniors standings, behind only Gretchen Walsh and Torri Huske. Teammate Teresa Ivan came in 2nd with a lifetime best as well, touching in 49.04. That marks a .45 second drop for the 17-year-old.

SwimMAC’s Baylor Nelson and North Carolina Aquatic Club’s Sam Hoover had another IM showdown that ended in an electric race. The pair got out to almost identical starts, with Hoover splitting 23.16 on fly, and Nelson 23.17. Nelson then established a significant lead, posting a 26.46 back split, while Hoover came in at 28.41. That left Nelson with an almost 2-second lead at the halfway mark, 49.63 to Hoover’s 51.57. Hoover made a sizable dent in that lead on breaststroke, splitting 29.36 to Nelson’s 30.68. That put Nelson just .62 seconds ahead of Hoover going into the free 50, but were again nearly identical, with Nelson splitting 24.73 and Hoover 24.68. In the end, Nelson won the race with a 1:45.04, and Hoover was 2nd in 1:45.61. Both boys hit lifetime bests, as Nelson entered the meet with a best of 1:47.17, and Hoover 1:47.00. The swims also put Nelson 1st in the Winter Juniors rankings, and Hoover 3rd.

The pair had another race in the men’s 200 back, although in this time around, it wasn’t nearly as close. Baylor Nelson won the race with a 1:44.38, while Sam Hoover took 2nd in 1:47.49. Nelson swam a great race, taking it out in 51.22 on the first 100, and coming home in 53.16. He entered the meet with a personal best of 1:47.53, then swim a 1:46.64 in prelims, marking an overall improvement of 3.15 seconds. Nelson currently sits at 3rd in the Winter Juniors rankings in the event. Hoover also swam a best time by over a second, as he entered the meet with a lifetime best of 1:48.80.

Life Time Swim North Carolina’s Kiley Wilhelm posted a 1:58.50 to win the women’s 200 IM. Wilhelm, 15, has been as fast as 1:56.77, which she swam earlier this year at Cary. The swim puts her 5th in the Winter Juniors rankings.

SwimMAC 15-year-old Molly Donlan won the women’s 200 back with a 1:58.17, marking a personal best by 1.90 seconds.

Anderson scores hattrick of wins plus british record

The second day of the International Swimming League’s (ISL) double-header saw 25 British athletes in action as Freya Anderson and Adam Peaty topped and tailed the Match 8 schedule with race victories for London Roar.

With her team looking to make up the deficit from day one, Freya Anderson got London Roar off to the perfect start in the women’s 100m Freestyle, only to follow it up within the hour with a British short course record in the women’s 200m Freestyle for her second victory of the session.

The former Ellesmere College Titans 200m Freestyle performance was reminiscent of her previous British record marker, set in winning gold at the European Short Course Championships just under 12 months ago in Glasgow, displaying her long stroke and building speed to finish the race fastest.

A third triumph shortly followed with the help of Duncan Scott and Anna Hopkin in the mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay, as the Dave McNulty trained athlete again showed her back end race speed to overhaul her opponents down the closing stretch.

Duncan Scott also individually added a boost to the Roar’s tally with a solid third placed swim in the men’s 200m Freestyle ahead of teammate James Guy in fifth.Meanwhile you might forgive Adam Peaty for not remembering it was Guy Fawkes Night yesterday given he’s in the ISL’s bubble in Budapest, but come the final event of the evening he was producing his own fireworks in the men’s Breaststroke Skins. Tokyo Frog Kings’ Yasuhiro Koseki had pipped Peaty earlier in the men’s 100m Breaststroke, but over three rounds of 50m the Olympic and World Champion had the measure of his rival to scoop 33 points in a battle that will have kept viewers on the edge of their seat.

London Roar were not the only team with British success however and Joe Litchfield and Abbie Wood were once again in fine form for the New York Breakers.

Litchfield in fact produced a lifetime best in the men’s 50m Butterfly to claim second place, backing up an earlier fifth in the men’s 100m Individual Medley, whilst Wood took second in the women’s 400m Individual Medley to further her reputation as a force in the discipline, ahead of Aimee Willmott (London Roar) in fifth. Additionally Mark Szaranek, the sole Brit on the Cali Condors roster, improved on his result from earlier matches with fourth place in the 400m Individual Medley.

Match 7 concluded in earlier in the day with the highlight of the British showing produced by Jay Lelliot and his third placed performance for Toronto Titans in the men’s 200m Butterfly.

Georgia Davies contested the women’s 100m Backstroke, adding to the ever increasing Energy Standard points register with fifth, whilst a small flurry of Brits in action came in the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle as Ben Proud and Lucy Hope combined forces for Energy Standard to claim a further fifth, while Isabella Hindley played her part for an Iron quartet that was next to the wall.

At the end of both matches Energy Standard and Cali Condors were victors in their respective contests. With a few days break, the series resumes on Monday for a further double header ahead of next weekend semi-finals.

Ema Rajic Breaks Cal Record in 100 Breaststroke in Non-Scoring Dual With Stanford

Junior Ema Rajic set a Cal record in the 100-yard breaststroke and posted the No. 2 time in school history in the 200 breast, as the Golden Bears took on Stanford for a second consecutive weekend in a non-scoring dual meet Saturday.

Ema Rajic covered the 100 breast in 58.93, just under her mark of 58.97 from the 2019 NCAA Championships. She also finished the 200 breast in 2:07.16 for a more than one-second improvement from her previous personal best, keeping her second in the Cal annals.

In addition, two other Bears posted improvements among Cal’s all-time best list. Sophomore Alicia Wilson lowered her PR in the 400 individual medley to 4:04.10, good for the No. 3 mark at Cal, while freshman Isabelle Stadden went 1:49.77 to win the 200 back. The time puts her in the No. 4 slot on the school’s all-time list in the event and is a 1.4-second improvement over her 200 back result from last weekend.

Several other Cal swimmers picked up racing wins during the day – freshman Emily Gantriis in the 50 free (22.14), junior Isabel Ivey in the 100 free (48.01), and sophomore Rachel Klinker in the 200 free (1:46.89) and 200 fly (1:55.80).

The Cardinal collected a pair of event titles, beginning with Brooke Forde‘s victory with a time of 4:39.58 in the 500-yard freestyle. Morgan Tankersley placed second in the event at 4:41.58.

Allie Raab accounted for Stanford’s win of the afternoon, clocking in at 59.75 in the 100-yard breaststroke.

The greatest sprint breaststroker in history, Adam Peaty added to his legacy during the International Swimming League Grand Final when he lowered his own world record in the short-course version of the 100-meter breaststroke. One week after setting the world record in the event at 55.49 during the ISL semifinals, the London Roar’s Peaty went 55.41 to fend off Ilya Shymanovich of Energy Standard. Shymanovich was timed in 55.49, equal to the former world mark.

The reigning Olympic champion in the 100 breaststroke, Peaty is best known for his talent in the long-course pool, but his skill also translates to the short-course pool, despite Peaty’s weaknesses being his starts and turns. But once the British athlete gets going through the water, there is no one in the world who can match his speed.

Peaty, who is coached by Mel Marshall, and Shymanovich tussled again at the end of the session when they clashed in the Skins race. Peaty got the best of Shymanovich again, in the process securing the Roar’s third-place finish in the team standings. The Cali Condors won the team title by taking down Energy Standard, the defending champ. The L.A. Current finished in fourth.


At the International swimming League stage, Briton Adam Peaty set a world record in the 100-meter breaststroke in short water.

At the competition held in Budapest, the 25-year-old covered the distance in 55.49 seconds, improving the previous achievement of Cameron van Der Burgh by 0.12 seconds.

Curiously, van Der Burgh’s record lasted exactly 11 years — it was set by a swimmer from South Africa on November 15, 2009.

Note that the owner of the world record in the 100-meter breaststroke in the classic pool (56.88) is also Piti. It has updated its own world record four times since April 2015.

The first world record holder in the 100-meter breaststroke in short water was Russian Dmitry Volkov, who covered the distance in 59.30 seconds in 1990. In March 2000, Roman sludnov became the world record holder with a score of 58.51 seconds, but a week later, American ed Moses improved this time by almost a second (57.66).


Three-time Olympic medalist Yulia Efimova will not compete at the upcoming Russian Championships. This was stated by the head coach of the national team Sergey Chepik.

  • Yulia is not planning to fly to the Russian championship in Saint Petersburg. There are no direct flights, there is no way to do this. We are waiting for her for the Olympic selection — ” said Chepik.
    Efimova lives and trains in the United States. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are no regular flights to America.

The Russian short course Championships will be held in Saint Petersburg from December 14 to 19.


Ten swimmers of the Italian national team were infected with coronavirus. This is reported on the website of the Italian swimming Federation (FIN).

Testing for COVID-19 during the training camp in Livigno revealed 10 positive results. The number of people infected world Champions Simon Quadrelli and Gabriele Detti. The disease is asymptomatic in all athletes.

The national Federation has decided to suspend training camps, and all infected people will remain in Livigno for the duration of the quarantine.

What you need to know about pool swimming

Basic swimming rules

● 1 rule – do not eat before the swim Water puts a lot of pressure on your abdomen, and if there is food in your stomach, the pressure increases and you may feel sick. Therefore, it is not recommended to eat two hours before class and one hour after.

● 2 rule – shower before the swim Shower before submerging in water. This will remove more than 2/3 of the bacteria and dirt that would otherwise enter the pool. By the way, showering with soap in front of the pool will also help you avoid the chlorine smell on your skin and hair, which occurs when chlorine interacts with bacteria.

● 3 rule – track selection Choose the path according to your strengths, capabilities and skills. In order not to disturb anyone, swim from the edge. Center lanes are for the fastest and most experienced swimmers.

● 4 rule – rule of movement There are markings in the center of each lane at the bottom, as well as at the ends of the pool, to help swimmers swim more orderly.

8 reasons to go swimming

Swimming is both cardio and strength training You don’t get tired as quickly as when exercising on land Swimming develops breathing Improves posture Calms the nerves Rejuvenates Develops all muscles at once Activates brain activity.

How much does a swimming training cost The cost of a one-time swimming training session varies from 300 to 750 rubles, depending on the location of the pool and the quality of the water. Swimming in seawater pools can cost twice as much as regular pools. It is most profitable to buy a monthly subscription in sports centers, usually its cost does not exceed 1,500 per month. Individual training will cost 500-1500 rubles, the price depends on the coach. What you need for classes If you are determined to go swimming, you need to think about equipment. The main purpose of swimming equipment is to provide comfort during exercise. In addition, items such as a pool cap, swim goggles, sports swimwear or swimming trunks are designed to reduce water resistance and improve glide.

Khailova won the 1500m freestyle at the Russian Championship

Alexandra Khailova won the 1500m freestyle swim at the Russian Swimming Championships in Kazan.
Khailova swam the distance in 16 minutes 35.38 seconds. The second place was taken by Yana Kurtseva (16.40.47), the third was Ekaterina Sorokina (16.47.91).
The Russian Swimming Championships will end on Friday.

Borodin: Russia’s record is 200 m more expensive than 400 m

Swimmer Ilya Borodin said that the national record in the 200 m complex turned out to be more unexpected for him in the result at the Russian championship than the 400 m, so it is more expensive.
17-year-old Borodin on Thursday at the Russian Championships in Kazan broke the youth world record in swimming in the 400 m complex and set a new adult record for the country. At the 200 m complex, he previously also updated the Russian record.
The record at 200 m in a complex is somehow more dear to me, because I did not believe in such a result that I would be able to swim so fast. And at 400 m the goal was originally to swim for a record. I began to swim with a complex after the” Funny Dolphin “. There I won the 200m complex and that’s it, I continue to swim. Now the plan is to qualify for the Olympics and then see what will happen. We need to work a lot for this. Well, to qualify for it, but I want to reach the final at least at the Olympics “, – Borodin said.

Vaskina: I was afraid that we would not be able to return to our usual rhythm

The winner of the World Swimming Championships Daria Vaskina said that she was worried about the moment of returning to normal life after a long isolation in the coronavirus pandemic.
Vaskina on Thursday won the 50m backstroke at the Russian Championships in Kazan.
“There was a strong anxiety in quarantine due to the fact that we will not be able to return to the usual rhythm of life. That all this will now be like” before “and” after “the pandemic. In addition, I am the person who cannot sit on one at all Two weeks, and I need to move constantly. This year I have been a lot on Krugly – you can count on your fingers the days you spent at home. Psychologically, it would be very difficult for me to sit for most of the year. Sitting in four walls alone is for me death “, – said Vaskina