The men's 50 breaststroke is going to be awesome. How do I know this? Well, for one Alexander Dale Oen was within .02 of the textile best in the 50 breast on HIS WAY OUT for the 100. The two guys behind him, Fabio Scozzoli and Cameron Van Der Burgh, are much better known for their 50 speed than 100. Throw in a dash of Felipe Silva, and you have all the ingredients for awesome. Although I heard Rowdy comment on how burly Silva is. The dude has nothing on good 'ol Mark Warnecke. Check this out:
Now THAT'S a guy who swims 50 breast.
The men's 200 fly is next up, and I suspect Tony Austin (author of scaq.blogspot.com) already has a blog written that he will upload within seconds proclaiming Phelps' reign over. More likely? Ryusuke Sakata gets to compare notes with countryman Takeshi Matsuda on what Phelps' kick looks like. Also, the 200 fly is a treasure trove of cool names. Leonardo De Deus? Dinko Jukic? Bence Biczo? Michael Rock? It never ends.
Before we get to distance boredom, we have the women's 200 free. Now I have an important question. How much do you think that Federica Pellegrini's competitors hate the fact that she is not only faster than them but also MUCH better looking? Picture time, again:
I say, a lot.
Finally, we have the grizzled distance men swimming a "girls" event, the 800 (Take that Lisa!) I still don't get why this isn't just a standard olympic event for both genders or both don't just do the 1500. I mean, we do know that women (oops, slipped up) can finish the 1500, right? On the plus side, Pal Joensen is finally swimming, to the delight of his 40,000 Faroese and the members of his US fan club (me). I think I was able to inspire my Danish countrymen by encouraging them in their native tongue so here goes my Faroese: Kom so Føroyar!