Monday, June 27, 2011
Laszlo Cseh is still a poor man's Michael Phelps. He's good at so many things but won't be the best in the world at any of them. He set a Hungarian record in the 100 fly with a 51.98 this past weekend. Which is awesome but won't win him any medals at World's this summer. He's probably one of the top five overall swimmers in the entire world and yet may fail to medal this summer.
The other big story from out of Hungary is Bence Biczo. He went 1:54 in the 200 fly, which makes him the most exciting man in the pool of swimmers that might beat Phelps in a 200 fly. I'm going to call this the "Takeshi Matsuda Group" for now because Takeshi's been at it the longest. Biczo is the most exciting because Nick D'Arcy can't stay out of trouble, and he's still only a "junior" swimmer with a 1993 birth year.
The Paris Open should officially mark the return of irrational confidence in Cesar Cielo. He was 48.2 and 21.6. The meet had a ton of swims that raise eyebrows about swimmers preparation for these meets versus Shanghai Worlds. I mean, how much faster is Yannick Agnel going to be in the 200 free come August than the 1:45.5 he just went? Alexander Dale Oen nearly went faster than any American breaststroker last summer with a 1:00.33. Also, Matt Grevers beat Camille LaCourt, meaning that all is right in the backstroking world, except Grevers is not on the US World Championship squad.
Back in the US, they held the now extremely long named TYR Fran Crippen Swim Meet of Champions out in Mission Viejo. As you would expect a host of US contenders were on hand but there were relatively few relevant swims. with many swimmers at a crucial training point for Shanghai. Tyler Clary had a strong 200 back (1:56.2) but is still two seconds behind Ryosuke Irie, who has been a consistent 1:54 for months. Jason Lezak showed he can still sling a 49 in the 100 free whenever and remains a strong possibility to make another Olympic relay next summer at age 36.
That's our rundown? Feel like we missed something big? Show us up by posting it in the comments section!
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