Breaking the magic minute

The 60 second mark for 100m freestyle stands as a significant milestone in the development of any swimmer. It has a certain resonance with swimmers, much as the 4 minute mile does for athletes, but what is the best way to wriggle under 60 seconds? We analyse those swimming around that mark to identify any potential strategies that can be adopted.

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Delhi 2010: The going got tough and the tough got going

Oppressive heat, murky pool water, substandard accommodation, lengthy journeys to and from the pool each day and the small issue of widespread food poisoning. When you sum up the worst of the conditions that faced swimmers in Delhi you could be forgiven for thinking that the competition was less of an international championship and instead was one of Bill Sweetenham’s “toughening up” exercises. That said, Delhi ultimately provided a successful Commonwealth Games.

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