Thursday, July 30, 2009

Roma 09: Day 5 Prelims

A few notes about prelims, then right into predix:

- Why couldn't Amanda Weir have gone 53.2 on the relay on night 1? She was 1.27 faster today in prelims! If she had led off with that, then Dara would have gone at least another second faster, and the Americans would have medalled!

- Three other semis tonight in the men's 200 back, women's 200 breast, and men's 200 breast. More on those later...

- Women's 800 free relay looks to be a two-country race, as I have said all along. The top four times from the United States and Great Britain separate them by less than a second...


M 200 IM:
Gold: Ryan Lochte 1:53.98 WR
Silver: Laszlo Cseh 1:54.47
Bronze: Eric Shanteau 1:55.64

M 100 Free:
Gold: Alain Bernard 46.92 WR
Silver: Cesar Cielo 46.99
Bronze: Fred Bousquet 47.34
*Bronze appears to be wide open

W 200 Fly:
Gold: Jiao Liuyang 2:03.81 WR
Silver: Jessicah Schipper 2:03.90
Bronze: Mary Descenza 2:04.13 AR
*Also watch Hungary's Katinka Hosszu and China's Liu Zige

W 50 Back:
Gold: Anastasia Zueva 27.29 WR
Silver: Emily Seebohm 27.40
Bronze: Daniela Samulski 27.42
*Another relatively wide open field

W 800 Free Relay:
Gold: United States (Schmitt, Kukors, Nymeyer, Vollmer) 7:41.89
Silver: Great Britain (Jackson, McClatchey, Carlin, Adlington) 7:42.53
Bronze: Italy (Spagnolo, Filippi, Carpenese, Pellegrini) 7:46.87
*Any one of five or six teams could get bronze

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