Saturday, July 30, 2011
Shanghai Day 7: Don't Cry For Me
Missy Franklin continued to carry the US women on her 16 year old back with a victory in the 200 backstroke. In honor of Shawn's post from yesterday, here we go: OMG THAT IS THE MOST AMAZING 200 BACKSTROKE I HAVE EVER SEEN IN MY ENTIRE LIFE. MY ENTIRE NOTION OF A GOOD PERFORMANCE IN THAT EVENT HAS CHANGED. COULD WE SEE A TEXTILE 2:04 NEXT SUMMER? THIS IS CRAZY.
Phew. In the 100 fly the "textile world record" survived. Something tells me Ian Crocker doesn't even watch these races anymore. He's just somewhere hanging out and relaxing, content that he was once far better.
The women's 50 free is coming down as a battle for Northern Europe. Kromowidjojo was the favorite coming into the meet, but now Ottesen and Herasimenia have upset that probability. I'll be watching to see if the US women fall behind Denmark in a 4th freestyle event. The first three are the 1500, 800 and 100. Friis added the 800 this morning when she broke Kate Ziegler around the 400 meter mark of the 800 to earn silver.
Lastly, the 400 medley relay was never in doubt, especially with the US coaches using their discretion to insert Franklin onto the end. I think I need about three more of these before I'm not terrified of the Australians from when they had the best last three legs. Now, that's definitely the US. Nice feeling, eh?
Posted by Chris DeSantis at 4:53 AM