Thorpe and breaststroke

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Colin Priest, Sep 14, 2003.

  1. Colin Priest

    Colin Priest Guest

    There's been a bit of discussion about Thorpe's weakness in breaststroke in the IM.

    So here are the splits for all of the finalists:

    Phelps 29.04 Thorpe 30.58 Rosolino 31.44 Sievenen 31.21 Bovell 29.87 Mori 30.99 Clements 30.99
    Johns 30.63

    I was surprised to see that Thorpe was the 3rd fastest breaststroker in the field, and not
    the worst!

    But I'm astounded by Phelps' split. Has he ever swum a 100m breatstroke race? The guy must be
    capable of a low 60 or even a 59.
     
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  2. Mike

    Mike Guest

    On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 03:23:02 +0000, Colin Priest wrote:

    > There's been a bit of discussion about Thorpe's weakness in breaststroke in the IM.
    >
    > So here are the splits for all of the finalists:
    >
    > Phelps 29.04 Thorpe 30.58 Rosolino 31.44 Sievenen 31.21 Bovell 29.87 Mori 30.99 Clements 30.99
    > Johns 30.63

    Splits, BR BK Phelps, 34.51 29.04 Thorpe, 35.31 30.58 6th,3rd Rosolino, 33.35 31.44 Sievinen, 34.04
    31.21 Bovell, 35.82 29.87 Mori, 35.26 30.99 Clements, 34.76 30.99 Johns, 35.58 30.63

    > I was surprised to see that Thorpe was the 3rd fastest breaststroker in the field, and not
    > the worst!
    >
    > But I'm astounded by Phelps' split. Has he ever swum a 100m breatstroke race? The guy must be
    > capable of a low 60 or even a 59.

    Mmm, I think he might have a slight challenge with some of the technical requirements.....

    --Mike
     
  3. Colin Priest

    Colin Priest Guest

    Woops - you're correct - I'd lined up the wrong column of splits. I should have noticed that they
    were too fast to be breaststroke. What do you mean by "he might have a slight challenge with some of
    the technical requirements"?

    "mike" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:p[email protected]...
    > On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 03:23:02 +0000, Colin Priest wrote:
    >
    > > There's been a bit of discussion about Thorpe's weakness in breaststroke
    in
    > > the IM.
    > >
    > > So here are the splits for all of the finalists:
    > >
    > > Phelps 29.04 Thorpe 30.58 Rosolino 31.44 Sievenen 31.21 Bovell 29.87 Mori 30.99 Clements 30.99
    > > Johns 30.63
    >
    > Splits, BR BK Phelps, 34.51 29.04 Thorpe, 35.31 30.58 6th,3rd Rosolino, 33.35 31.44 Sievinen,
    > 34.04 31.21 Bovell, 35.82 29.87 Mori, 35.26 30.99 Clements, 34.76 30.99 Johns, 35.58 30.63
    >
    > > I was surprised to see that Thorpe was the 3rd fastest breaststroker in
    the
    > > field, and not the worst!
    > >
    > > But I'm astounded by Phelps' split. Has he ever swum a 100m breatstroke race? The guy must be
    > > capable of a low 60 or even a 59.
    >
    > Mmm, I think he might have a slight challenge with some of the technical requirements.....
    >
    >
    > --Mike
     
  4. Mike

    Mike Guest

    On Mon, 28 Jul 2003 06:21:06 +0000, Colin Priest wrote:

    > Woops - you're correct - I'd lined up the wrong column of splits. I should have noticed that they
    > were too fast to be breaststroke. What do you mean by "he might have a slight challenge with some
    > of the technical requirements"?

    mmmm, it was an oblique reference to the backstroke though, upon review, I think I should probably
    refrain from posting late at night :)

    --Mike
     
  5. Chris

    Chris Guest

    Looking at the underwater footage of Thorpe's breaststroke, it seems like if he would just hold his
    streamline position for a beat or two after the kick instead of imediately churning his arms, he
    would pretty much solve his problem. I used to churn like he does, and when someone pointed it out
    to me (and showed me a video of myself), I was able to immediately fix it.

    Of course, if it was really that simple, he'd have fixed it, I guess.
     
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