Making A Splash: Five Debutants To Watch In Tokyo Olympics Pool
Muhammad Rameez 6 days ago Thu 22nd July 2021 | 08:30 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 22nd Jul, 2021 ) :Five debutants to watch in the Tokyo Olympics pool: - Ariarne Titmus (AUS) - Titmus announced herself by stunning Katie Ledecky to win the 400m freestyle crown at the 2019 world championships and is in sizzling form to again threaten the American great in Japan.
Add in a new Australian record over 800m and Ledecky has a serious challenger.
Nicknamed 'The Terminator', Titmus gets in the zone listening to rock music, borrowing her mum's playlist.
- Kliment Kolesnikov (RUS) - Prodigy Kolesnikov holds world junior records in the 50, 100, and 200m backstroke and has proved he is ready for the big stage as he spearheads the next generation of Russian swimmers.
American sprint star Caeleb Dressel and Australian defending champion Kyle Chalmers will be treating him with caution in the blue riband 100m free, while countryman Evgeny Rylov and American defending champion Ryan Murphy await in the back.
Kolesnikov's recent form shows they have reason to be wary with the Russian rocket capable of challenging and potentially upsetting his more experienced and decorated rivals.
- Kristof Milak (HUN) - Hungarian poster boy Milak burst on the scene as a 17-year-old at the 2017 world championships on home soil in Budapest, snaring silver in the 100m butterfly behind Dressel and ahead of Rio Olympic gold medallist Joseph Schooling.
He has only got better since, incredibly shattering Michael Phelps' 200m butterfly world record in a sizzling time of 1:50.73 two years ago.
After his 2020 was derailed by a bout of Covid-19, he rebounded to be the fastest this year (1:51.10) in the 200 fly by a massive three seconds, and is closing in on Dressel's best over 100m to set the scene for a blockbuster Olympic debut.
- Torri Huske (USA) - The 18-year-old American, who has a Chinese-born mother, stamped herself a Tokyo contender with four gold medals at the 2019 junior world championships in Hungary, and has only benefited from the Olympics' one-year postponement.
Small for an elite swimmer at 5ft 8ins (1.7m), Huske says the extra time allowed her to focus on strength training that has helped her late in races.
Highlighting her potential, she clocked the fifth-fastest time in history to win the 100m butterfly at the recent US trials, establishing her as a clear Olympic favourite alongside Australia's Emma McKeon and China's Zhang Yufei.
But it was his victory over Olympic 400m freestyle champion Mack Horton at the Australian trials that really turned heads.
Winnington, who describes himself as relaxed but sometimes loud, attributes his success to changing coaches last year.