REVIEW: China rule world of water

AQUATICS – At the conclusion of the 2015 Aquatics World Championships, China have emerged as the most successful country winning 15 gold medals, 10 silver medals and 10 bronze medals. For the first time since 2001 (Australia), United States do not top the overall table.

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ANALYSE THIS: Parity like never before in swimming

SWIMMING – With only one day of competition left at the 2015 Swimming World Championships in Kazan, the United States have reclaimed their leading position in the Market Share (metric that weights all ranks) table, but only by a very small margin. Like we reported earlier this week, their position is being challenged by traditional rivals Australia, China and France, but also the strong emerging force that is Great Britain. For comparison, the US had a market share of nearly 50% only eight years ago, now that has been reduced to 20%.

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ANALYSE THIS: US domination in swimming challenged

SWIMMING – At the 2015 World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia, Australia and Great Britain have shown their intent to knock the United States off their perch as the world’s leading nation in swimming. After three days of competition they have a greater market share, a metric that weights all ranks, than the US.

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ANALYSE THIS: How far would the fastest 100m swimmers reach in world record time?

SWIMMING – At the 16th FINA World Championships the best swimmers of the world will compete for the world titles. Several word records have been swum at previous world championships. We were dying to know how a world record holder compares to the other medallists at the world championships. Continue reading

INFOGRAPHIC: Barcelona’s over and underachievers

SWIMMING – Looking back at our predictions for the 2013 World Swimming Championships, we have been able to identify the biggest overachievers and the biggest underachievers. Punching far above his weight was Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic, who finished fourth in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, where we expected him to finish in 23rd place. Finland’s Matti Mattsson posted a similar surprise performance in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke.

Alicia Coutts (50m Butterfly) and Fabio Scozzoli (50m Breaststroke) were the biggest laggards when looking at our pre-race projections.

REVIEW: Franklin sets world championships record

SWIMMING – The United States emerged victorious in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay, the final event of the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Missy Franklin secured her sixth gold medal at these World Swimming Championships, setting a new record for a woman at a single World Championships, beating the record by Tracy Caulkins (USA) from 1978 that was equalled by Libby Trickett-Lenton (AUS) in 2007. The only swimmer that has ever won more than six gold medals in a single worlds is a man: Michael Phelps, who accomplished that feat in 2007. Australia came second. Remarkably, Alicia Coutts finished these championships with five medals, all silvers. This is also a new record for a single world championships.