Simone Manuel and Caeleb Dressel set medal records at international swimming championships
Simone Manuel finished a sweep of the 50m and 100m freestyles at the sector swimming championships on Sunday night time, the primary American woman to gain the feat.
Manuel raced one length of the pool in 24.05 seconds to earn her third gold and 5th medal overall on the ultimate night of the opposition. She held off Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who took silver in 24.07sec, and Australian Cate Campbell, who earned bronze in 24.11sec. In the 100m unfastened, Manuel crowned Campbell and Sjostrom finished third. Manuel’s different medals got here in relays: gold in the mixed 4x100m loose and silvers within the 4x100m unfastened and 4x200m free.
Elsewhere, Manuel’s teammate Caeleb Dressel has become the first guy to win 8 medals at a single swimming global championship. He helped the USA to silver within the 4x100m medley relay, which changed into gained via Great Britain. Dressel’s golds came in the 50m and 100m unfastened, 50m and 100m butterfly, mixed 4x100m loose relay and 4x100m unfastened relay. His other silver was inside the blended 4x100m medley relay.
Lilly King received the 50m breaststroke, giving the American two victories over Russian rival Yuliya Efimova. They have been denied a third meeting whilst King turned into disqualified inside the heats of the 200m breaststroke for not putting each her fingers at the wall at the identical time in a turn. King touched in 29.84sec, the handiest swimmer beneath 30 seconds within the very last. Benedetta Pilato, a 14-yr-vintage Italian, earned a marvel silver in 30 seconds flat and turned into in tears after her medal. “I didn’t recognize if it became happy tears or unhappy tears,” King said. “She’s 14, it doesn’t certainly rely on what sort of tears they had been, but I became like, ‘It’s OK, you did great.”’I learned to swim in a lake where my family lived, in northern Wisconsin. My siblings and I trained summer workouts in open water since the nearest pool was a thirty-minute drive and our back yard was more convenient. Due to this immersion, it did not seem strange when I competed in my first open water race in Seal Beach, California, in my late twenties. Open water swimming has been a never-ending adventure. Some of my favorite memories are from swims; leaving from Catalina Island for the California mainland at 1 am on a windless moonlight night, watching the phosphorescence glow as my arm pulled through the water and fish darted below; swimming in tandem with my husband, Dave, silhouetted against the beautiful blue Caribbean water off the coast of St. Lucia. Other memories include the sense of fear before beginning a 42-kilometer race in Newport Vermont, which heads north up Lake Memphremagog towards Canada and a ‘foggy’ memory (due to mild hypothermia) of finishing in Calais, France after crossing the English Channel. There was also the exhilaration of conquering tough cold conditions or large waves and chop, swimming and finishing races despite mother natures’ indifference to my plight.
There is freedom and challenge swimming in open water which just can’t be experienced in the pool. Are you ready?
How to begin?
OK, swimming in open water is your goal, where do you start? I will assume that you already know how to swim. If not, take some lessons, join a YMCA or a masters swimming team and learn the crawl stroke/freestyle.
There are a few things that you can do in the pool to prepare for swimming in open water; bilateral breathing, head lifting, and stroke rate training.
First of all, breathing on both sides, or bilateral breathing is a must. (I can hear the groans!!!) Let’s see if you are physically capable. Stand up and twist the upper half of your body to the right and then to the left. Then turn your head to the right and left. SHAZAM!!! You can learn to breathe on both sides. Why is this necessary? Imagine or perform the following experiment. Find an open space about 400 yards long. Select a target and try to walk straight towards it EXCEPT close your eyes and turn your head, looking to the right every 2 steps. Sneak a look forward every 10 steps. Vision in the water will be even more restricted than this because you may or may not be able to see forward depending upon wave conditions, fog in your goggles or glare from the sun reflecting off of the water. This is also assuming strict concentration upon straight-line swimming – not imagining that shadows are sharks and weeds are snakes- which will improve with practice.