Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Stephanie Rice leapfrogs Dara Torres, Natalie Coughlin, to become 'Swimming World's best female competitor of the year!'

From The Australian: "... Michael Phelps was the predictable male swimmer of the year after winning a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, which also gave him a record career tally of 14.

Clearly, Rice was the best female swimmer of the Games after winning the 200m and 400m individual medley in world record times, and combining with team-mates Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt and Linda MacKenzie to take an extraordinary 5sec from the 4x200m freestyle world record.

In her Olympic debut, Rice, 20, finished with a perfect record. ..." [Link]

Photo from the Sydney Morning Herald after Stephanie Rice set a WR in the 200 IM at the 2008 Beijing Games: "...Rice's time slashed 0.80 seconds off the previous world record and 2.5 seconds off her own previous best time set at last year's world championships

The 200m medley record had stood for 11 years prior to Rice's dominant performance tonight.

The Queenslander was 1.4 seconds under world record pace at the halfway mark and was stunned with her ability to lower her own time by such a remarkable margin. ..." [Link]

10 comments:

maly said...

LEN the european swimming federation gave the female european swimmer of the year to rebecca adlington in front of frederica pellegrini and britta steffen . alain bernard won the award for the male swimmer in front of laszlo cseh and milorad cavic

Tony Austin said...

I think Alain Bernard deserves European swimmer of the year and I would have chosen Frederica Pellegrini but I would have been happy with Britta Steffen who a great finish in the 50-free in Beijing.

Also, Stephanie Rice deserves the Swimming World accolade.

John Craig said...

I think Rice leapfrogged Steffen, Adlington, and Coventry, and possibly Coughlin, but not Torres, for swimmer of the year. Torres won exactly one individual silver, which doesn't put her on a par with the others, despite her age. Rice, Steffen and Adlington were the only individual double winners, and Rice and Coventry were the only ones to set two individual world records. That leaves Rice as the clear choice.

Tony Austin said...

True, true!

Charlie said...

"I would have chosen Frederica Pellegrini but I would have been happy with Britta Steffen" - come on Tony Rebecca Adlington broke Janet Evans 19 year old world record in the 800m free. I think that makes her the clear choice for European Swimmer of the year. Okay I am biased towards the Brit, but still if I am not mistaken that was the longest standing world record. And she didn't just break it, she smashed it by over 2 seconds.

Tony Austin said...

But Rebecca Adlington does not have a tattoo accross her body

Charlie said...

LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

I definitely think Rice and Coventry deserve recognition for their performances at the 2008 Olympics. I would love to say Torres or Coughlin, but I just dont think thats realistic.

Tony Austin said...

I wrote the original post at 7:04 AM and for some reason Dara Torres and Natalie Coughlin came to mind not because of their medals but rather I wanted to associate Rice with American greats an ad gravity to the accomplishment.

Rice deserved it but an argument could have been made for Larissa Il’chenko due t her dominance of any open water she swam in 2007-2008

YellowMonkey said...

I think Laszlo Cseh did better than Bernard, given the competition in his events.