|And you thought air pollution was a problem in Beijing.|
Day 4 kicks off with the women's 50 backstroke, and I have to admit I can't wait for the monotone Australian/Irish announcing duo (I've dubbed them the "coma twins") to call this first heat. Who will win? Will it be Gebramehdin Yanet Seyoum or Faleumata Samassekou? Moreover, we get our first look in this meet at legendary Chinese backstroker Gao Chang. What's that? You say she swam the 100? I'll have to check. (Scrolling....scrolling..) There she is! Sorry Gao!
The men's 100 freestyle follows but we can all agree it's totally James Magnussen's race to lose. Unless, of course, he follows the precedent of "guys who break the world record leading off the 4x100 free relay on night one and then don't win later." In which case he'll have good company in his own country between Eamon Sullivan (2008 Olympics) and Michael Klim (2000 Olympics). So I guess it's not his race to lose
Next up is the women's 200 fly, which mercifully only has five heats at this particular meet. China holds the top two seeds between Liu Zige and Jiao Liuyang. I smell a really good Kathleen Hersey swim coming up. I would give her words of encouragement but I don't speak English.