July 23 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps’ 23 Olympic swimming gold medals is a report that will by no means be overwhelmed however the Tokyo pool might nonetheless see the world’s finest push the boundaries of human efficiency to new heights.
The variety of information from 2008-09, when now-banned bodysuits dominated the pool, has dwindled however some look more likely to stay out of attain for years to come back. Others, nevertheless, are susceptible.
Phelps, now retired, instructed Reuters final December that disruption brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic meant information have been unlikely in Tokyo however the nice American could have spoken too quickly.
Three have been set already this 12 months, albeit just one in an Olympic distance, and among the instances at nationwide trials have added to the joy.
The 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games noticed eight world information from seven occasions, Britain’s Adam Peaty breaking the 100m breaststroke mark in each the heats and remaining.
Males’s 100m breaststroke – 56.88 seconds
Peaty reckons he can shave extra off the time he set on the 2019 world championships.
“We have accomplished the sums and I believe if it went completely completely, and I’m speaking the quickest components that I’ve accomplished in a bodily race and you set all of them collectively, it’s 56.2 or 56.3 which is totally ridiculous,” stated the Briton.
Arno Kamminga set a Dutch report of 57.90 in April, changing into solely the second man to swim the space underneath 58 seconds.
Girls’s 400m freestyle – 3:56.46
Olympic champion Katie Ledecky of america set this report in Rio however faces her greatest problem in Australian Ariarne Titmus, the world champion. Titmus swam the second quickest time in historical past on the nationwide trials in June, a 3:56.90 which is the most effective this 12 months. This pair can push one another to one thing particular.
Girls’s 100m backstroke – 57.45 seconds
Twenty-year-old Kaylee McKeown set the report on the Australian Olympic swimming trials on June 13. American Regan Smith held the earlier better of 57.57. That is the one Olympic distance world report to this point this 12 months.
On the Canadian trials, world champion and former report holder Kylie Masse touched the wall in 57.70 so the three are within the ballpark.
Girls’s 100m butterfly – 55.48
Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom set the mark in Rio however is getting back from elbow surgical procedure. Rivals have been getting shut, notably American Torri Huske within the U.S. trials with a better of 55.66. Australia’s Emma McKeon has additionally been underneath 56 seconds whereas China’s Zhang Yufei did 55.62 final September. Canadian Maggie MacNeil swam 55.83 for world championship gold in 2019.
Males’s 200m butterfly – 1:50.73
Hungary’s world report holder Kristof Milak set the report in 2019 and posted a 1:51.10 on the European championships in Might, the second quickest males’s 200m butterfly of all time. All eyes shall be on him to slash it additional.
Males’s 50 and 100 freestyle – 20.91 and 46.91
Each information date again to the bodysuit period and are held by Brazilian Cesar Cielo, however American Caeleb Dressel has them in his sights and has been getting nearer and nearer. He swam a 46.96 within the 100m in 2019 and a 21.04 within the U.S. trials.
Girls’s 200m freestyle – 1:52.98
Titmus swam 1:53.09 in June, the second quickest of all-time, however Italian Federica Pellegrini’s 2009 body-suit world report of 1:52.98 should be out of attain. One in all simply two ladies’s information from the super-suit period.
Girls’s 200m butterfly – 2:01.81
This one additionally dates from 2009, additionally in a body-suit, since when no one has obtained close to the time set by China’s Liu Zige. The very best textile time was Jiao Liuyang’s 2:04.06 in London 2012.
Males’s 200 and 400 freestyle
These two information belong to Germany’s Paul Biedermann and are bodysuit benchmarks.
Reporting by Alan Baldwin, in London; enhancing by Toby Davis
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