The World Aquatic Championships kick started on the 14th of July. The Swimming however gets underway from the 23rd. Here, we continue with the second part of the list of swimmers to watch out for in the upcoming World Aquatic Championships:
Ryan Murphy is the most talked about amongst the new generation of male US swimmers at the moment. The 22 year old is already a triple Olympic champion from Rio 2016. The backstroke specialist won the 100m and 200m events of the same discipline before picking up the gold with the medley relay team which marked the last ever race for Michael Phelps. In the first 100m backstroke split, Murphy produced a stellar performance to clock a new world record timing of 51.85 seconds. Come next week and the World Aquatic Championships will be graced by Murphy for the very first time.
The Dutch swimmer of Javanese-Surinamese descent, is a triple World Champion over four world championships. The short course world record holder in the women’s 50m as well as the 4*50m, 4*100m and the 4*200m freestyle relays, also has the unique fate of a sprint double (50m and 100m) at London 2012, including a still prevailing Olympic Record in the 50. After failing to retain her world title from Barcelona in the 50m at Kazan in 2015 heading home 0.10 seconds behind Australian Cate Campbell, the 26-year old will be desperate to retain her crown(s).
The young Japanese is an individual medley specialist. The 22-year old shot to fame when he took home the bronze in the 400m individual medley at London 2012 with a then Asian record time. He continued his impressive show with 2 silvers in the 200m and 400m medleys at the World Championships in Barcelona the next year. He then dominated to take home 4 golds at the 2014 Incheon Asian Games before landing the big one at Rio 2016 when he went on to clinch gold in the 400m medley with a new Asian Record Time of 4:06.05 seconds. The “Young Son” will definitely start as the hot favourite to claim his first world championship gold at Budapest later this month.
The Russian breaststroke specialist has never won an Olympic gold in her career. However she has been a 4 times world champion at the World Championships in the breaststroke events. The two times world champion in the 50m breaststroke has had her fair share of controversies owing to testing positive for DHEA, an endogenous steroid hormone banned in professional sports in early 2014. All her world records in the short course were invalidated and she was banned initially until she was proven innocent once again. She returned in style to take home gold in the 100m at Kazan in 2015. Yefimova was welcomed with boos every time she swam at Rio where she won the silvers in the 100m and 200m breaststrokes. The Russian will definitely be all geared up to prove her worth to win back her crown in Budapest long with silencing her critics.
The 29-year old from Neerpelt will be the Belgian bet for success at Budapest 2017. The Belgian has been a three times silver medallist at the European Championships along with one at the Olympics in Rio. The sprint freestyle specialist has been a veteran for many years and after a strong qualification round, this just might be his year to clinch the world championship title.
The American has been a revelation in the swimming pool across the years. Still only 22, “Missy” is already a 5 times Olympic and 11 times (Long Course) World Champion. She clocked a world record time of 2:04:06 seconds in the 200m backstroke final in London. In spite of winning two golds at Kazan and one at Rio in the relays, the girl from Pasadena, California has somewhat lost her way in the individual events with no big wins since Barcelona 2013. We can only hope she will choose the 2017 championships as her comeback stage and retain her rightful place amongst the elite.
Camille Lacourt is a French swimmer who specialises in the backstroke events. The man from Narbonne, France has been a 5 times European Champion. He is also a 4 times world champion, and the defending champion in the 50m backstroke. At 32, this is pretty much the last championship for the European record holder in the 100m backstroke and he will be desperate to bow out in style at Budapest.
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