Here is the 4th and the final part of the swimmers to look out for in the ongoing FINA World Aquatic Championships. The indoor swimming events kick starts on the 23rd in this month.
The Italian swimmer has won it all there is to win in the 1500m freestyle events. The 22-year old is a 1-time Olympic Champion, 1-time each in both the longer and shorter course of the World Aquatic Championships, twice shorter course European championships and thrice in the longer one. He’s also the world record holder in the discipline in the shorter course. The only thing that has eluded this great athlete is the world record held by Chinese Sun Yuang in the longer course. We can surely expect Gregorio to achieve that unachieved feat on his way to defending his world aquatic championships crown at Budapest.
The Swede became an international sensation when she took home the gold in the 100m butterfly (2008 European Championships) at just the age of 14. Since then the 23-year old butterfly specialist has won it all in the world of swimming in her disciplines. The 4-times World and 10-times European Champion won her first Olympic gold in Rio while setting a world record time of 55.48 seconds in the 100m butterfly. She also holds the world record in the 50m butterfly with a time of 24.43 seconds. We can surely hope that the double defending champion will look to regain her crown in style at Budapest.
The 24-year old from Queensland is one of the fastest in the world of backstroke swimming. The 24-year old Olympic silver medallist is the double defending champion from Kazan in the 100m and 200m. He’s also the defending champion in the 200 from the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. He’ll definitely be one of the swimmers surely to take the pool by storm in the Danube Arena from next week.
Pellegrini will forever be remembered in Italian history as the first women’s world champion. The 28-year old is a master when it comes to the freestyle in the middle distances of 200m and 400m. Her Olympic gold in the 200 from Beijing along with her four golds in the world championships adorns her resume. The woman from Mirano, took her first world championship gold back in 2009 in front of her home crowd, while clocking a world record breaking 1:52:98 in the 200m freestyle. She also won the 400m that year and came back to retain her titles in Shanghai. In spite of falling short of her usual standards in recent times, Pellegrini remains a firm favourite as always.
The freestyle specialist Frenchman has proved his worth time again while taking to the pool. The 4-times world (long course) and 1-time Olympic champion is probably the most versatile swimmer in the recent time. The 26-year old has won golds in both the 50m events of butterfly and freestyle at the world championships along with her Olympic gold in freestyle sprint from London 2012. If that is not impressive enough, he holds the world record in both the 50m freestyle and backstroke in the shorter course. The triple champion from the last games will be another star to watch out for this summer.
The 20-year old American is probably the biggest star in the world of swimming now that Michael Phelps has retired. At this young age, she is an awe inspiring 5-times Olympic and 9-times world champion! Excluding her single gold at the London Olympics, she has won 4 golds each at Barcelona 2013 and the Rio Olympics. She won a whooping 5 golds at the last championships in Kazan. Of the three world records she holds in the 400m, 800m and the 1500m freestyle, the later came in Kazan, while setting the pace for the other two in Rio. It is needless to say that to not keep an eye out for the biggest star in world swimming today would be a huge loss for anyone watching.
The Englishman from Bury is another addition to the long list of talented British swimmers of the time. The freestyle specialist is the defending world champion in the 200m freestyle. The 21-year old is a regular member of the British relay team and has won a gold each while racing in the relays at the world, European and the Commonwealth Games. Big “Jimmy” will definitely be a star worth looking out for.