The swimming, one of the sports star of the Olympic Games ended in Tokyo. United States and Australia, predictably, they fought to the last day for world hegemony.

The performance of athletes from all over the world was marked by the great difficulties for training and competitions brought by the pandemic, and in the case of swimming also for ISL events, that with a new format of several weeks each, allowed the main international stars to win hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizes. But at the cost of sometimes blur them from their preparation for Tokyo.

We already said it in other notes, swimming is a cyclical sport with different preparation needs, being clear that it is not similar to football And it cannot be analyzed in the same way, much less training with so many objectives and annual set-ups.

Katy Ledecky and especially single Villasenor led the United States to country victory and confirmed, once again, its huge hierarchy, with a difficult and perhaps excessively loaded program of competencies, either because of their own aspirations or because of the need your team’s medals. Meanwhile, other stars like Peaty and the ascendants Titmus and Milak, dominated their tests with very good marks, while great swimmers like Le Clos, Hosszu and Manuel they were below their customary level.

In several of the relays new world records were achieved and the United States, surprisingly, lost part of the supremacy in those classic tests at the hands of Australia and Great Britain. For the Americans, the final result and especially the number of gold medals achieved had little flavor, accustomed to exercising in the past an almost exclusive domain that now did not occur.

Surely the lost medals in swimming will be missed in the fight with China and Japan for the medal table total sporty.

The performance of Argentina was bad, and in a predictable way, given several quite weak marks in the international events next to these Games, such as the South American March this year. This could already be an alarm, at least for those who are handled with knowledge of the subject and not with expressions of desire.

Is that in this sport there are no magic or saving providential moves, and the results are usually the confirmation of the performances obtained in the daily training, in a preparation that must be very meticulous.

This result and its technical, strategic, personal, or driving and programming reasons, must be detected, analyzed and corrected constructively by competent people, but not vented through the anarchy of blogs of all kinds, on social networks.

It is the respect that they deserve swimming, their protagonists and the significant investment of more than four years made by all, in these very difficult times.

* Former National Sports Director.


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