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Old 07-29-2012
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Default Sun Yang's 400 M Olympic Record

I couldn't find today's men's 400M freestyle race on NBCOlympics.com, finally found it on this Brazilian site:


http://www.mundoonline.net/chines-qu...s-400-m-livre/
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Beautiful! Look at the streamline and balance I just love it. Thanks for posting this.
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I never checked the times but he looked like he swam the last 50 meters of the world record 1500 than he did this race.
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I never checked the times but he looked like he swam the last 50 meters of the world record 1500 than he did this race.
He did. The 400 free requires him to swim at a faster post from the start than the 1500 does. Granted, he does have to swim longer in the 1500 but the intensity is less over the intial distance. The 400 requires more intensity from the start, so sprinting the last 50 is more difficult at that level.
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One striking contrast between his 400 and his 800/1500 is that he uses 6BK all the way in the 400. I think he's a more natural 2BK'er and this I'd guess he has to work harder and may be less efficient with 6BK. In the 1500, he saved his legs til final 150 so they were much fresher there.
However, he still pushed off with very little kick.
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One striking contrast between his 400 and his 800/1500 is that he uses 6BK all the way in the 400. I think he's a more natural 2BK'er and this I'd guess he has to work harder and may be less efficient with 6BK. In the 1500, he saved his legs til final 150 so they were much fresher there.
However, he still pushed off with very little kick.
His stroke is much cleaner for the 1500. Thanks God, it's possible to generate the speed required to win the 1500 without screwing up the stroke too much. Balance remains very very good, little pressure on the catch, clean entry etc...

The speed required to win the 400 seems to require from him that he throws huge loads of effort very early into the pulling, which has a terrible impact on balance.

The stroke we saw during the 4x100, and that got France to cause the surprise is far from being clean, it ain't energy efficient, but it seems to have been the fastest way 4 human beings could book this distance that day.
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Every time I've watched his 1500, I've seen him doing a 4bk, not a 2bk. One dominant rotating kick on one side and three mini kicks on the other, with one connected to rotation. When he tries to get it to 6bk, he succeeds in spurts, but it does fall back to 4bk on and off until the last 40m. He definitely does not look natural in the 6bk, and this leads me to believe he is going to show us an absolutely incredible 1500.

If only women were allowed the 1500 at the Olympics- we might see some neat distance adjustments there, too.
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You're right on all counts.
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@CoachDave: I was just about to post the same regarding the 4BK until I read your post. Though his stroke looks very TI-ish, I've never seen him doing a 2BK.
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I'm sure that he trains extensively using a 2bk, just like Phelps and tons of other elite male swimmers do.

They're rarely able to depend solely on a 2bk in racing situation though.
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