Great shot of Camille Muffat at French nationals last week. Three arms are better than two!

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Great shot of Camille Muffat at French nationals last week. Three arms are better than two!

Photo by Damien Meyer/AFP/Getty Images - more here

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The Guardian Swimming Blog has posted a nice eulogy about Ian Thorpe’s career, including this clip of his 1998 world champs win over Grant Hackett in the 400m.

Best bit of this video: Paul Palmer looks SO MISERABLE. Cheer up Paul, you’re going to get bronze!
Second best bit: Thorpey’s last length, obv.

Also MAN Hackett’s underwater stroke looks awkward - super-powerful yes, but his head rotates so far up when he’s breathing, especially on the last few lengths. Compare it to Park Tae Hwan’s beautiful stroke. This is what training in flume tanks with video replay/analysis of your stroke does for you, kids.

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British Champs, Day Whatever (it’s been going on a bit, hasn’t it?)

More good swims tonight:

- Jazz Carlin’s 8.18 is a very decent mid-season time, and the fact that she won her race means I get to hear her lovely Swindon accent in the interview. There’ll be less pressure on her this summer (no 1500, no Ledecky, Belmonte or Friis) but still enough competition in the form of Aussie teenager Jessica Ashwood, Lauren Boyle (NZL) and NCAA champ Brittany Maclean (CAN) to have a memorable race.
- Another British record for Sophie Taylor. 1.06 can’t be far away! Suddenly the GBR medley team isn’t looking too shoddy for Europeans: my pick would be Davies/Taylor/Lowe/Halsall, with backup from Quigley on back and Kelly on fly.
- James Guy winning the 100 fly is just ridiculous. Come on British fly chaps, you can do better than that.
- Whereas Aimee Willmott posting 2.07 in the 200 fly is not just ridiculous but stunning. She’ll be giving Ellen Gandy a run for her money at this rate.

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Brilliant swim from 18-year-old Sophie Taylor in the 200 breaststroke tonight. 2.24.46 is not only a 4 sec PB for her, but puts her 2nd on the British all-time list (behind Kirsty Balfour’s 2006 Commonwealth silver winning 2.24.04) and #4 on the 2014 rankings. That’s certainly put her in with a shot of a medal in Glasgow. I wonder what she’ll come up with in the 100 tomorrow? It would be great to have her chase Ruta in the semis and get under 1.07 (Ruta can’t swim in the finals as it’s home nations only). 

The women’s breaststroke events at Commonwealths will be totally up for grabs, as the Canadians and Australians are much weaker than they have been in recent years. OMG I have just remembered that there is a Canadian breaststroke dude called RICHARD FUNK = briliant.

(Photo from the Yorkshire Evening Post)

Brilliant swim from 18-year-old Sophie Taylor in the 200 breaststroke tonight. 2.24.46 is not only a 4 sec PB for her, but puts her 2nd on the British all-time list (behind Kirsty Balfour’s 2006 Commonwealth silver winning 2.24.04) and #4 on the 2014 rankings. That’s certainly put her in with a shot of a medal in Glasgow. I wonder what she’ll come up with in the 100 tomorrow? It would be great to have her chase Ruta in the semis and get under 1.07 (Ruta can’t swim in the finals as it’s home nations only).

The women’s breaststroke events at Commonwealths will be totally up for grabs, as the Canadians and Australians are much weaker than they have been in recent years. OMG I have just remembered that there is a Canadian breaststroke dude called RICHARD FUNK = briliant.

(Photo from the Yorkshire Evening Post)

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British Champs 2014

Encouraging results from Glasgow on day 1!

- James Guy set a British record in the 400 free, knocking a tenth off David Davies’ suited 3.45.24 from Rome 2009. Despite Robbie Renwick scratching the event, there were 5 dudes under 3.50 - and four of them teenagers! That’s pretty good going for an event that’s been stuck with Davies, Renwick and David Carry winning 7 out of the last 8 British titles between them.

- Aimee Willmott got the job done with a 4.35 400IM, swimming out on her own for 250m of it (Hannah Miley scratched). Aimee’s had a good year so far, and is still comfortably on top of the world rankings with her 4.33 PB from Flanders in January. I hope she tapers enough for Euro LC in Berlin to get a good match-up with Miley, plus a fully tapered Katinka Hosszu and Mireia Belmonte (assuming she goes to Berlin, of course).

- Michael Jamieson also extended his #1 world ranking with a ridiculous 2:07.79, dragging along Adam Peaty and Andrew Willis under 2:10 along with him.

- Siobhan-Marie O’Connor bashed out a super quick 1.57 in the 200 free heats this morning and backed it up with a 1.56.59 tonight, making Jazz Carlin’s perfectly respectable 1:57.97 look quite pedestrian. I predict big drops for Siobhan in all her events this summer: she seems to have sorted out her health issues and generally looks much beefier. (I’d like to see her and Hannah M have an arm wrestle!) Sadly I don’t think the ENG or SCO women’s 4x200free teams will have much answer to AUS at Commonwealths, though the combined GBR team might have a shot at FRA, HUN and ESP at Euros. There’s always the chance of a DQ, right?

- Fran Halsall wasn’t exactly setting the world on fire leading the 100 fly semis, but one name to watch for the future is 17-year-old Charlotte Atkinson. Last July she had a PB of 1.02.3 (barely in the GB top 40), then a few weeks ago she dropped under the minute for the first time and swam a 58.6. Now she’s had four sub-minute swims in as many weeks and is on paper the fourth fastest swimmer in tomorrow’s final. Exciting!

- blah blah blah Liam Tancock Chris Walker-Hebborn 100 back blah blah blah

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I had a swim in the Aquatics Centre this evening! Apologies for the quality of the top photo but it was dark and I was excited. The grass is not on fire either; the whole effect is rather orange and teal which is not un-awesome.

Thoughts I had while in said pool:
- Haha sucks to be Crystal Palace
- I don’t get what all the fuss was about the ceiling being distracting while doing backstroke
- OMG I AM SWIMMING BACKSTROKE IN THE LANE WHERE MISSY FRANKLIN SET A WORLD RECORD
- Have I swam in a pool where *anyone* has set a world record before? (Apparently yes - in the 1964 GB trials for Tokyo! I think Mark Foster might have set one in the old Empire Pool in Cardiff BUT that was AFTER I actually swam in it)
- The walls are nice and tactile for tumble-turning (my regular haunt of Marshall Street Baths is made of marble and as such is v slippery if you don’t hit it right)
- The water is probably around 1° too warm, I got rather hot once I’d got going
- But not for long, as of course I got cramp after about 1400m in 25 minutes ;_;
- Getting foot cramp in the middle of a long course pool is not fun, thankfully my beefy arms are doing most of the work anyway when I swim so I am not sinking
- These foot ledges at the ends don’t go far in enough. Am I going to have to…. *gasp* TREAD WATER???
- Or I suppose I could just hang on the lane rope like everyone else (I find it very hard to do this as I keep internally hearing my old coach Malcolm yelling at us not to hang on the lane ropes)
- WHATEVER, it was amazing

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I’m just going to leave this here.

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The Place In History Denied to Dutch Ace Enith Brigitha

SwimVortex is currently petitioning FINA to finally sort out the GDR mess by i) awarding duplicate medals to those women (including Sharron Davies) who were denied them ii) putting asterisks next to the record books for GDR performances (Schneider, Strauss and Mohring all still hold German national records).

I think it’s a decent way for FINA to admit they were wrong, while not adding to the misery suffered by the GDR women at the time (and their health problems in subsequent years). However, I think it’s probably too little too late for poor old Enith Brigitha - just think what her impact as a gold-medal-winning black woman could have had on the swimming world in 1976? Swimming still needs all the help it can get in terms of diversity and accessibility, and we could have had a 12-year head start…

(Posting this as ‘text’ as apparently Tumblr won’t let me post links with commentary now? Thanks a bunch guys)

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IMPORTANT DANISH MASCOT NEWS: not a chicken after all. I guess it’s a… viking Asterix wearing a chicken hat?

???

Thanks to Ranomi Kromowidjojo for instagramming the above and helping us all out (and well done on your 100 free gold!)

IMPORTANT DANISH MASCOT NEWS: not a chicken after all. I guess it’s a… viking Asterix wearing a chicken hat?

???

Thanks to Ranomi Kromowidjojo for instagramming the above and helping us all out (and well done on your 100 free gold!)

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Euro SC starts today in Denmark! What better way to kick things off than with a recap of Jeanette Ottesen Gray’s ‘world record’…

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