Nice, thanks for sharing, really good and mirrors a lot of what Adam Walker, Swim Smooth, Swimwerkx, Tower 42 (USA) all say. Hand a bit vertical on end of pull past hip but you can't argue with the US Ms? Results speak for themselves, thanks for green lighting all the points, good article
She also works harder in practice than most of the men and loves to race!!!!
It seems to me that her hand being vertical at the end of her stroke (beyond her hip) would allow her to push water towards her feet thus propelling her body forward. Furthermore, this would allow her to exit the water with less drag. The continuous arc alternative would eventually push her body lower in the water, which is bad on two counts, no positive thrust and increased drag.
Only one problem... In the "off the blocks" picture, the one with their head out is actually lane 6 (Boyle). If you count the swimmers from top to bottoms, you'll see. Because of the angle of the picture, it looks like lane 4 with them standing on the blocks.
Ledecky had the fastest reaction time though (.62). The screenshot used was taken before the starting gun went off; Boyle's head is further out because she's taller and she lifts her head up.
Yep you got it Jay!
I've added the reaction time to the photo make it a bit more clear :)
Two of the photos also demonstrate that she has two hands pulling underwater at the same time- her over water hand speed is much faster than the pull phase, so the recovering hand catches up. Double pulling for significant portions of her stroke- extra power.
Double pulling? Ok, you love joking: new crawl style with a bit of butterfly.
Ledeckys reaction time was the fastest but it was .69 instead of .62.
New world record...of platitudes and banalities only based on observation ! Guess i can find lots of girls who have the same attitudes in the water but still swim the 800 free in 10' and more. Maybe it's because they practice a little bit less and have a little lower VO2 max, inter alia.
A strong aerobic engine is a pretty good predictor of performance level in running, cycling and x-c skiing, but not swimming. E.G. It's quite common for the 30th ranked swimmer in the world to have a high VO2max value while #1 has a middling value. Efficiency at converting energy into locomotion has been conclusively demonstrated as the strongest predictor of swimming performance. Also, reaction time may be very important in the 50m but is quite trivial in the 800. Pix and comments are quite effective though.
The average human reaction time is around .2. What is measured is the reaction time from the starting signal PLUS the "jump time" or time it takes to leave the blocks. (The time is measured from the starting signal on to the feet leave the touch pad on the blocks.) There is more of a variable in "jump time" than "reaction time."
Terry, has no one won the 200/400/800/1500 by a few hundreds of a second? A faster start makes you faster in any event.
In my view her head position can even be improved. The lower goggle lens should be under water. The head should be in line with her spine. This will improve her streamline even more. You mentioned that she has a streamlined stroke. O.k, but that is the concequence of a perfect core stability in combination with a strong kick. Nevertheless a great race!
wow this is some really good points but she is just amazing
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