2015 FINA World Championships: Last Strong Thoughts

By Deniz Hekmati

And our first thought is: it will be an exciting Olympic year in Rio de Janeiro. This championship was filled will delightful surprises and powerful swimming.

One of the biggest takeaways from this is: it ain’t over till it’s over. Jennie Johansson of Sweden upsets both WR-holder Meilutte, who didn’t have her best meet, and Efimova in the 50M breast. On top of that, Atkinson clinches a well-deserved silver medal who showed great power ¾ of the race. Jennie reminds us that it’s the swimmer who maintains speed that wins and that as a 27-year old, it’s never too late to become a world champion.

Surprisingly to many, the U.S. men had a strong uphill battle from day 1 missing the 4x100 free final – first time ever. America, is that acceptable? No doubt, Phelps’s absence definitely seemed to have had its toll on the American squad. Nonetheless, necessary adjustments were made throughout the meet and they finished gallantly in the last 4x100 medley relay, even if they almost got “Lezak’d” by Mcevoy on the anchor.

Olympic Avg Age1

The graph illustrates the male average of the U.S. national team members. Reasons, such as financial, training methods, training resources and health have made this upward trend possible, and we are sure that the same trend is seen in many other big swimming nations as well. However, one very thing that vastly differs from American swimming and European and South American/African swimming is weight training.

Whereas swimmers, such as Peaty and Manaudou begins lifting in their mid-teens, where American college swimmers begin in they late-teens/early 20’s. Nathan Adrian is 27, Manaudou 25. Physiologically, Manaudou has ~1 years of more lifting experience than Adrian, while being 2 years younger. Does this hold back the development back in the States?

Do you think that Manadou has created an early advantage over Adrian leading in the Olympic year?

I strongly believe so. Sprint swimming needs strength training. The earlier an athlete begins weight lifting, relative to his or her physiological and mental readiness scale, the sooner the swimmer can start manipulation the muscle fiber type distribution in the body. Doing this in a safe manner while maintaining H2O speed and mobility, there is not much that can go wrong.

Muscle Fibers

I am, and I will draw the same comparison in the men’s 50M breast – Peaty vs. Cordes, and basically all other sprint events. Matt Grevers in the backstroke events is together with Cordes are the most competitive Americans in the modern sprint events – Simone Manuel on the rise.

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