Sarah Sjostrom Sparkles in Stockholm, Posts No. 2 Time Ever in 50 Free

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Sarah Sjostrom has thrown down some remarkable performances over the first three days of the Stockholm Cup, but none were more impressive than her 23.83 in the 50 free on day three.

That time ranks as the second-fastest in history, and only Britta Steffen (23.73) has ever been faster. Steffen’s time came at the 2009 World Championships, during the era of high-tech bodysuits.

Sjostrom’s time would have won Olympic gold in the 50 free, well ahead of the 24.07 Pernille Blume swam to finish first in Rio. Sjostrom won three medals in Rio but was eliminated in the semifinals of the 50 free. Denmark’s Blume actually finished second behind Sjostrom in Stockholm in 24.15, and Belarus’ Rio bronze medalist Aliaksandra Herasimenia took third in 24.84.

Over the weekend in Stockholm, Sjostrom won the 100 fly in 56.26 and also topped the field in the 50 fly in 24.96. Both times rank as the No. 1 performances in the world so far this year. In fact, no other woman has ever swum faster than Sjostrom’s 50 fly time, and only she and Dana Vollmer have ever been quicker in the 100 fly.

On the men’s side, the top performance of the meet so far has come from Sweden’s Erik Persson, who won the 200 breast in 2:07.85, moving him into the all-time top 20 in the event. He ranks second in the world this year behind Yasuhiro Koseki’s world record of 2:06.67 from January.

Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu took on a busy schedule of events over the meet’s first three days. She won the 1500 free (16:22.30), 400 IM (4:40.90), 200 back (2:12.93) and 200 IM (2:11.87). She also finished second in the 200 free (1:57.01), 50 back (28.54), 100 back (1:00.59) and 400 free (4:06.72).

Sweden’s Michelle Coleman put up an impressive time of 1:55.64 in the 200 free to take down Hosszu and pass Federica Pellegrini (1:55.94) as the fastest swimmer in the world this year. Coleman later won the 100 back in 1:00.59.

Poland’s Wjceich Wodjak swept the men’s 400 free (3:47.16) and 1500 free (14:54.07), with Sweden’s Henrik Christiansen joining Wodjak under 15:00 in the longer race (14:59.56). Lithuania’s Danas Rapsys won three events on the weekend: the 200 back (1:57.08), 200 free (1:47.10) and 100 back (54.57).

Hungary’s David Verraszto won the men’s 400 IM in 4:10.21, just off his own season-best time of 4:10.01 that ranks first in the world this year. In the women’s breaststroke events, Sweden’s Jennie Johansson swam a quick 30.57 in the 50-meter event, and Denmark’s Rikke Moeller Pedersen hit the wall in 2:25.59 in the 200.

Other female winners so far have included Sweden’s Ida Lindborg in the 50 back (28.46) and Germany’s Sarah Kohler in the 400 free (4:06.72).

For the men, Belarus’ Yahor Dodaleu won the 50 fly (23.59), Lithuania’s Giedrius Titenis touched first in the 100 breast (1:00.15), Germany’s Phillip Heintz won the 100 fly (52.12), Sweden’s Gustav Hökfelt won the 50 back (25.34), Vietnam’s Quy Phuoc Honag broke 50 to win the 100 free (49.96), and Germany’s Tomoe Zenimoto Hvas finished first in the 200 fly (2:01.13).

Click here to find results from each event.

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The Week That Was: Swimmers Around The Globe Compete For World Championship Spots

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This week saw some of the major swimming nations around the globe begin their World Championship qualifying process, including Canada and Italy. Meanwhile, we learned of Ryan Lochte’s return to the pool, another prominent NCAA swim team was cut, and FINA proposed a radical change to the Olympic schedule. Read all about these stories in The Week That Was!

The Week That Was #5 – Pelligrini, Paltrinieri Win At Italian Nationals

Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 19-08-2014 Berlino sport 32mi Campionati Europei LEN di nuoto nella foto: Gregorio Paltrinieri Gian Mattia D'Alberto / lapresse 19-08-2014 Berlin 32rd LEN European Swimming In the photo: Gregorio Paltrinieri

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Italy held their World Championship qualifier this week with some familiar names working their way to the top of the world rankings. Olympic bronze medalist Gabriele Detti opened the meet with an Italian record in the 400 free, knocking down Massimiliano Rosolino’s long time record of 3:43.40 from 2000 that earned him an Olympic gold medal in Sydney. Detti touched in 3:43.36 to pass by the record by just .04 and was a hair faster than his bronze medal performance from this summer. Detti also posted world leading times in the 200 and 800 free during the meet. World record-holder Federica Pellegrini secured her spot on Italy’s World Championship roster with a win in the 200 free (1:55.94) and 100 free (53.92). That 200 free time makes her the fastest in the world so far in 2017, while Gregorio Paltrinieri did the same in the men’s 1500 free with his winning time of 14:37.08. You can keep up with all the recaps from the 2017 Italian Nationals on our Event Landing Page.

The Week That Was #4 – FINA Proposes More Events For 2020 Olympic Games


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FINA put forward a proposal this week that advocated for expanding the swimming program at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games by adding 50’s of each stroke, the men’s 800 free, women’s 1500 free, and mixed 400 medley and 400 free relays. That would increase the total number of swimming events from 32 to 42, matching the schedule of the FINA World Championships that are currently held every other year. This is not the first time that FINA has proposed to increase the event schedule for the Olympics. Prior to 2016 Rio Games, the organization proposed adding a similar number of events to the schedule, none of which were ultimately adopted. While it is unlikely the International Olympic Committee will accept the entirety of FINA’s proposal, they could choose to add a few specific events to the program. FINA is also recommending adding new diving events, expanding the water polo tournament and creating a mixed synchro event. You can read the full proposal, originally reported by InsideTheGames, by clicking here.

The Week That Was #3 – Lochte To Compete At Masters Nationals


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While Olympian Ryan Lochte is still under suspension from competition by USA Swimming and the USOC, it was announced this week he will return to the competition pool for the first time in 2017 at the U.S. Masters Nationals in Riverside, Calif. Lochte was suspended following an incident at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro following the completion of the swimming events at the 2016 Olympics, leaving him ineligible to compete at U.S. Nationals or the World Championships this summer. Lochte was subsequently dropped by many of his sponsors, including Speedo, but has since signed with TYR, appeared on “Dancing With The Stars,” and gotten engaged. Masters Nationals will be held from April 27-30 in short course yards. You can see a complete entry list for the meet here.

The Week That Was #2 – University Of Buffalo Cutting Men’s Swimming


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This week the University of Buffalo announced that they would be cutting men’s swimming along with four other sports at the end of the spring semester. This announcement came less than a week after the University of North Dakota cut both of their swim programs this spring despite reports that they would be keeping the programs back in the fall. The decision to cut men’s swimming at Buffalo was made to address “financial challenges” of the university and to “better align” the school within the Mid-American Conference. The school will still maintain a women’s swimming and diving program. The UB men were third out of seven MAC schools this past season, while sophomore Mason Miller was named the conference’s Most Outstanding Swimmer for the season. You can read the full press release from the university here.

The Week That Was #1 – Kylie Masse Posts Fastest Textile 100 Back At Canadian Trials


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The Canadian Swimming Trials took place this week in Victoria, with over 400 Canadian swimmers vying for spots on Canada’s World Championship roster for this summer. Olympic bronze medalist Kylie Masse was the star of the meet, sweeping the backstroke events while breaking her own Canadian record in the 100 back and moving up to third all-time in the event. Masse started with a 58.42 in prelims that demolished her own national record before posting an incredible 58.21 in finals for the win. That makes Masse the third-fastest performer of all-time and gives her the fastest performance ever recorded in a textile suit. She also won a tight 200 backstroke race over national record holder Hillary Caldwell, 2:07.23 to 2:07.29. Other notable performances included wins in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle for Olympic gold medalist Penny Oleksiak and a new national record in the 200 IM (2:09.56) for Sydney Pickrem. For full recaps from the 2017 Canadian Swimming Trials head over to our Event Landing Page.

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Katie Ledecky Wins Honda Sport Award for Swimming & Diving

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Freshman Katie Ledecky was named the Honda Sport Award winner for swimming and diving as announced by The Collegiate Women Sports Awards (CWSA) Monday.

“I am very appreciative of this recognition,” Ledecky said, “and for the generous support that is provided by Honda to women’s collegiate athletics. I want to salute my fellow nominees and all college swimmers and divers who bring heart, determination, and fun to our sport every day.

“I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to be a part of such a special, championship team this season,” Ledecky added, “and I have so much gratitude for my teammates, classmates, coaches, professors and others who create a wonderful spirit and community at Stanford. I also want to thank my family and all of the swim team parents and families, swim team alumni, and fans who cheered for our team and provided inspiration throughout the season.”

Ledecky was chosen by a vote of administrators from over 1,000 NCAA member schools. Finalists included Kathleen Baker (Cal), Lilly King (Indiana) and Simone Manuel (Stanford).

Ledecky is the ninth Cardinal to win this award, joining Felicia Lee (2014), Julia Smit (2010), Tara Kirk (2004), Misty Hyman (1998, 2001), Janel Jorgensen (1993), Summer Sanders (1992), Janet Evans (1990), Jenna Johnson (1986, 1989).

“I would like to thank Honda for their recognition of not just our sport, but for their continued support of women’s athletics at the collegiate level,” head coach Greg Meehan said. “As a nominee for this award, Katie was amongst the finest student-athletes our sport has to offer, including her good friend and teammate Simone Manuel. Truly, this is a great honor for Katie and the whole Stanford swimming and diving program. We are incredibly proud of what she accomplished this year.”

The most decorated American female athlete at the Rio Olympic Games (four golds, one silver and two World Records), nine-time World Champion and two-time Olympian, Ledecky capped one of the most impressive freshman campaigns in NCAA history with five national titles, the most in the nation, at the NCAA Championships.

The Bethesda, Maryland native was the first NCAA swimmer in 29 years to capture individual NCAA titles in the 200, 500 and 1650-free, and was a member of Stanford’s American record-setting 400 free and 800 free relays. A five-time All-American, Ledecky broke the American and NCAA record in the 500 free, and bested her own NCAA mark in the 1000 free en route to the national title in the 1650 free, an event she won by more than 20 seconds. Ledecky won four conference titles (all in American record time) at the Pac-12 Championships, was named the Pac-12 Championship Swimmer of the Meet, and was the only swimmer twice named Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month in the course of Stanford’s undefeated dual meet season.

In total, over the course of her first season at Stanford, Ledecky set five individual American records and seven individual NCAA records in three different events, and broke Stanford team records in five different individual events. A standout in the classroom as well, Ledecky has now broken 13 World Records and 30 American Records in her swimming career.

With this honor, Ledecky becomes a finalist for the Collegiate Woman Athlete of the Year and the prestigious 2017 Honda Cup which will be presented on a live telecast on CBS Sports Network on June 26 in downtown Los Angeles.

Six Honda Sports Award winners for swimming and diving have gone on to win the prestigious Honda Cup with Olympic teammate Missy Franklin capturing the honor in 2015. The others include Kirk (Stanford, 2004), Cristina Teuscher (Columbia, 2000), Mary T. Meagher (California, 1987), Tracy Caulkins (Florida, 1984 &1982) and Jill Sterkel (Texas, 1981).

The Honda Sport Award has been presented annually by the CWSA for the past 41 years to the top women athletes in 12 NCAA- sanctioned sports and signifies “the best of the best in collegiate athletics”.

The CWSA, in its 41st year, honors the nation’s top NCAA women athletes recognizing superior athletic skills, leadership, academic excellence and eagerness to participate in community service.  Since commencing its sponsorship in 1986, Honda has provided more than $3.5 million in institutional grants to the universities of the award winners and nominees to support women’s athletics programs at the institutions.

Press release courtesy of Stanford Athletics.

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Sun Yang Blasts 3:42 400 Free at Chinese National Championships

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Chinese Olympic gold medalist Sun Yang is again on top of the world rankings in the men’s 400 free as he posted a 3:42.16 at the Chinese National Championships, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency.

Sun was the 2012 Olympic gold medalist in both the 400 and 1500 free and won gold in the 200 free in Rio, but he finished a close second behind Mack Horton in the 400-meter distance. But his time puts him well ahead of Gabriele Detti (3:43.36) and Horton (3:44.18) in the early world rankings for 2017.

Sun admitted to Xinhua after the race that beating Horton’s time had definitely been a target.

“The timing is satisfying,” he said. “I keep my eyes open for the ongoing Australian National Championships and I will try my best to outpace these swimmers. All of us are preparing for the World Championships.”

Also in China, Yan Zibei became the first Chinese man to break 59 in the 100 breast, stopping the clock at 58.92. So far this year, only Olympic gold medalist Adam Peaty (58.86) has been quicker.

Yan figures to be a key part of a Chinese 400 medley relay team with a chance at a medal at this summer’s World Championships. Others on that team could be 100 back Olympic silver medalist Xu Jiayu, 100 fly Olympic finalist Li Zhuhao and 100 free World Champion Ning Zetao.

In the women’s 400 free, Li Bingjie took the win, but various sources have reported her time differently. Xinhua reports she swam a 4:10.22, while both SwimVortex reports her time as 4:02.52, which would be the fastest in the world this year.

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Catching Up with VMI’s Ryan Pryor and the Surprising Keydets

VMI’s Isabel French. Chuck Steenburgh / VMI Athletics

By Michael Randazzo, Swimming World Contributor.

Women’s water polo in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) has seen a remarkable turnaround fashioned by one of the conference’s also-ran programs. One season after struggling through a dismal 8-19 campaign, the Keydets of the Virginia Military Institute are now 20-6 after a successful weekend in New York City where they captured wins over St. Francis Brooklyn and Villanova to clinch a first-ever berth in the MAAC playoffs.

One reason for the team’s success is team unity—in particular, collective grief regarding the tragic death of teammate Sarah Dolitsky’s younger brother David. Before matches, players write “#DD20” on their arms in tribute to the high school senior, an aspiring hockey player killed last summer in a freak auto accident.

The team’s dismay has been transformed into joy this season by their unexpected success, including a first-ever win over Eastern water polo power Iona and two exceptional efforts against three-time defending MAAC champs #17 Wagner College, including a scintillating performance Sunday in Staten Island, where the Keydets led late in the fourth period before dropping a 13-10 overtime decision to the host Seahawks.

Led by junior Shelby Barkley (76 goals) who Saturday became VMI’s career leading goal scorer with 197, and senior captains Ceci Lundy (54 goals), Bailey Huddelson (34 goals / 38 assists) and Natalie Rivas (STATS), the Keydets have delivered consistent offensive firepower to back up strong goalie play by freshman Isabel French and junior Catie Berry.

Swimming World spoke with Ryan Pryor, VMI’s head coach since 2014, about his team’s breakout season, the challenges of coaching women at a military academy, and the Keydets’ possible path to an NCAA Women’s Water Polo Tournament berth.

By all measures your team has enjoyed a remarkable season. Why this unexpected change in fortunes?

We were very young last year. We returned almost everybody to this year’s roster and brought in a group of freshmen who are all contributing right now. And in my third year there’s an increased comfort level between me and the team.

In terms of expectations it’s clear that bringing everybody back has really been a driving force. On top of that our senior leadership this year has really been great. Co-captains Bailey Huddelson, Ceci Lundy and Natalie Rivas have done a great job leading the team in and out of the water.

What external factors have contributed to the best season in program history?

[There’s more] unity within the team, [but] I’m not sure I can point to a specific reason. We did a lot of team-building in the fall, in our non-traditional season.

This is a really close group of girls and it makes it really easy for them to work hard in the pool together and to support one another—not that we didn’t have that in the past, but it’s certainly been at a new level this year.

VMI is a military academy. Does the discipline at VMI impact your team?

People come to VMI for a lot of different reasons. The thing that is common among all our students is [that] they like a challenge. They want something different. So it’s a group that is naturally going to want to have discipline, they’re going to want to work hard. That makes it a lot easier to get done what needs to get done. They’re naturally drawn to a lifestyle geared towards getting the most out of all areas of their life.

The training regimen for polo is extremely demanded; do you feel that your players are more receptive to this because they’ve chosen to attend a military academy?

I do, and in particular the aggressive, physical nature of the game has made it good fit at VMI. It’s a sport that fits very well in a military school, as evidenced by the fact that we have great support from the rest of the Corps whenever we have home games—there’s always a great crowd.

How is it at VMI—which historically has attracted male students—to have women athletes succeeding at a sport like polo?

It’s been 20 years since we integrated at VMI, so these aren’t the first generation [of women] to come through but it’s certainly early in the process and we’re still growing the numbers of women within the Corp.

We’ve gotten great support and I do think it’s noteworthy if only because we don’t have as long a history of women’s sports, having only had women at the Institute since 1997. It is noteworthy when a women’s team has the kind of success we’re having and it’s certainly creating a lot of buzz on post. People are excited.

Given the upcoming MAAC playoffs—uncharted waters for the Keydets—what do you take from your team’s impressive performance against Wagner on Sunday?

The team put in a great effort this afternoon against Wagner.  Though we lost in overtime, it was great to take another step forward against a great opponent.  We will take a lot of confidence from this weekend as we close out the regular season next weekend and prepare for the MAAC tournament.

Obviously you had a plan but did you expect to have progressed so far in your third season in Lexington?

I knew that we were capable of this but obviously things needed to fall into place to turn that opportunity into results.

Last year we lost a lot of close games and this year we’re winning those games. That’s been part of the maturation process of the program. I try not to worry too much about wins and losses when I’m going into a season. I just want us to play well every day and let the results take care of themselves.

That being said I certainly knew this was possible if we put in the work.

You brought in Isabel French to play goal for you. How much of a factor has a new goalie been in changing the outcome of close games?

It’s been big—not just with Izzy but Catie Berry, our other goalie, has stepped forward this year [to make us] very strong in the cage. It’s always an adjustment process for freshmen, particularly goalies. You’re used to having maybe two or three shooters to worry about and all of a sudden everyone’s a good shooter.

There was an adjustment period during the fall in practice but Izzy’s really come along and she’s getting better every weekend. She and Catie have been a big part of the progress we’ve made from last year to this year.

You’ve gotten great production of your offense, especially Shelby Barkley, Huddelson and Lundy.

Our offense has been really strong all around and we’ve had a couple of players that have been out in front in terms of goal scoring but for the most part we’ve had a balanced attack. We’ve got six players with over thirty goals coming into this weekend and another one over 20. We’ve spread out the scoring even with those couple that are out in front.

That helps us to stay consistent because we’re not relying on one or two players to get it done—we have a lot of people who can score.

You mention Shelby—she’s been outstanding. If my math is correct she’s one shy of tying the all-time record for goal which and as just a junior that’s obviously very impressive. [With nine goals Saturday and four Sunday Barkley now has 197 goals].

She’s been outstanding ever since she was a freshman.

How has your experience been as the head coach of the Keydets?

I’ve been fortunate over the years to work with a lot of good coaches that I’ve been able to learn from both as an athlete and then when I got into the coaching profession. I’ve worked in different regions as well and water polo—perhaps more than any other sport—you’re going to see different perspectives depending upon what region of the country you’re in.

I’m from the Midwest and I’ve had an opportunity to work in the Northeast, now I’m in the South and obviously work a lot with people from the West Coast. That’s been a tremendous help in rounding out how I see the game.

Most of the top water polo players and coaches come from California—I come from a different background—so I bring a different perspective. I think I have a well-rounded view of the game.

Your team has covered a lot of territory going from three to nine (and counting) conference wins in one year. Do you see VMI narrowing the gap with the top MAAC teams, including Wagner and Marist?

I’m really proud about how much we’ve closed that gap. If we’re playing well we can compete with anybody. The biggest focus for us is taking care of business and making sure we get into that top four [the MAAC championships—from April 28 – 30—are between the top four regular season finishers].

The results against those top teams, they really matter that last weekend in April.

Outside of that I want to see us get closer and closer to those teams, focus on getting into the tournament and making sure we can make it happen from there.

Other military academies have elaborate ways to celebrate success. What might the Keydets do to celebrate if they find a way to win a MAAC title and secure the program’s first-ever NCAA berth?

If we were to make the NCAA tournament we’d stick with the classic “coaches plunge.” Some things are in style everywhere!

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‘Most teams that lose their leaders wouldn’t make a fight out of it…we didn’t let it drag us down’

Cannondale-Drapac reached the podium at Paris-Roubaix despite losing two key riders in Sep Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney

Former Dutch national champion Sebastian Langeveld secured the last podium spot at Paris-Roubaix in one of the best results of his career on Sunday.

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For the 32-year-old Cannondale-Drapac rider, it’s the first time he’s ever been on a Monument podium as well. He finished just behind the winner, Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) and Zdenek Stybar (Quick-Step).

With Sep Vanmarcke’s third place at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Dylan van Baarle’s fourth at Tour of Flanders, Langeveld’s result in Roubaix finished off a remarkably strong Classics season for the American-registered team.

Despite both Vanmarcke and Taylor Phinney being sidelined with injuries sustained at Tour of Flanders, Cannondale-Drapac was aggressive throughout Sunday’s race.

“Most teams that lose their leaders are going to show up with their tails between their legs and wouldn’t make a fight out of it. These guys didn’t let it drag them down,” director sportif Jonathan Vaughters said.

Will Clarke and Paddy Bevin were early instigators and with the race heading into the famed Arenberg Forest, the team departed the five-star cobbled sector with four riders in a select group of only 40 in what was the fastest Paris-Roubaix in the 115-year history of the race.

“The race was full-on the whole day. There was not a moment that the peloton stopped, so it was a really fast edition of Paris-Roubaix. There were a lot of tired riders already with 50, 60 kilometers to race. For sure I was also tired, but I knew I had good legs,” Langeveld said after the sprint in the velodrome.

At 257-kilometers, Paris-Roubaix is commonly known as a race of attrition where only the strong survive. Despite being tired, Langeveld was able to force a selection on the Carrefour de l’Arbre that only Stybar and Van Avermaet could respond to.

The three riders worked well together over the final 17 kilometres, with only Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) and Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) able to catch them once in the Roubaix velodrome.

Langveld couldn’t be happier with his result against two of the sports best and on one of the biggest stages. He said after the race that he had “goosebumps everywhere” once they arrived at the velodrome, knowing the win was on the line.

“The last two years, I was never 100 percent for the Classics, and in the Tour de France, I had to abandon the last two years with illness. At some point, it is enough. This year, I was riding on a really, really high level, and it didn’t come through in the results until today. I’m very, very happy and very, very proud.”

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Bianchi launches new aero bike with ‘NASA technology’

Bianchi has announced a new aero bike – the Bianchi Oltre XR3 (and yes, it’s celeste)

The Bianchi Oltre XR3 is the newest addition to Italian company’s collection of aero road bikes and is intended to sit below the range topping Oltre XR4.

The new Oltre XR3 is claimed to feature much of the same frame-design features and developments first seen in the Bianchi Oltre XR4, including Bianchi’s Countervail patented technology.

Bianchi Oltre XR3

The XR3 is inspired by, and derived from, the XR4, and with it, Bianchi is hoping to bring its aero bike platform to wider number of customers.

This suggests that although pricing is to be announced, the new Bianchi Oltre XR3 will be more affordable than the XR4 which currently retails for £8,350 in a Campagnolo Super Record build.

According to Bianchi, “the Bianchi Oltre XR3 delivers the perfect combination of control, and the competitive advantage of advanced aerodynamics.”

“Countervail” technology is said to be embedded within the entire frame, but what is it?

According to Bianchi: “Countervail is a carbon composite-material system that, with its special fiber architecture, combines patented structural carbon with viscoelastic resin. Countervail cancels 80% of vibrations while increasing the stiffness and strength of our carbon frames and forks.”

Bianchi Oltre XR3

Bianchi suggests “traditional passive damping in frames using superficial rubber inserts and isolators are marginally effective compared to the integrated carbon Countervail system,” added that the technology has been “proven in the extreme conditions of NASA aerospace operations.”

However, Bianchi didn’t go into details about the specifics of what these “NASA aerospace operations” entailed.

Bianchi Oltre XR3

The rear end of the Bianchi Oltre XR3. Note the aero seat post

Frame Specs for the XR3

  • Carbon Monocoque technology
  • High strength + medium modulus carbon fibers with Countervail material
  • Unidirectional carbon woven
  • Aero shape and design
  • BB set Press Fit 86.5 x 41
  • Internal cable routing
  • Full carbon dropout with metal insert
  • Weight in 55 size: 1110g (+/- 5%)

As mentioned, pricing for the Bianchi Oltre XR3 is to be confirmed, but a list of models and specs is as follows.

SHIMANO DURA ACE 11sp Compact 50/34
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG

CAMPAGNOLO CHORUS 11sp Compact 52/36
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG

SHIMANO ULTEGRA Di2 11sp Compact 52/36
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Quattro LG

SHIMANO ULTEGRA 11sp Compact 52/36
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 7 LG

CAMPAGNOLO POTENZA 11sp Compact 52/36
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing 7 LG

SHIMANO 105 11sp Compact 52/36
Wheels: Fulcrum Racing Sport

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Track World Championships 2017 live TV guide

In the first major track meet since the Olympics, you’ll be able to relive the excitement and passion at this years World Track Championship in Hong Kong

BBC Two and Eurosport will be showing live coverage of the evening sessions of the championships.

After an incredibly strong Olympics, British Cycling have been forced to go with a fresh faced squad giving international debuts to no less than 10 riders.

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As predicted, both Jason and Laura Kenny will miss out as the couple take a break from track cycling to prepare for their child’s birth. Other notable absences include, Sir Bradley Wiggins, who has since retired, Mark Cavendish, who is now focussing on his road racing, and Ed Clancy who is taking some time away from the boards.

While the squad may seem lacking in experience, the team will still have four Olympic champions among their ranks in Katie Archibald, Elinor Barker, Steven Burke and Callum Skinner.

Both the BBC website and Eurosport will be airing the evening session live with selected sessions being shown on BBC Two and BBC Red Button services.

TV Schedule

NB: Schedule may be subject to change

Wednesday, 12 April
12.00-14.30 Eurosport LIVE – Track world champs
12.00-14.30 BBC Two and Connected TV live – Men’s and women’s team sprints
16.00-18.30 BBC Red Button highlights
20.00-21.30 Eurosport Highlights

Thursday, 13 April
09.30 -12.00 BBC Red Button day one highlights
09.30-10.30 Eurosport day one highlights
12.00-14.45 BBC Two and Connected TV LIVE
12.00-15.00 Eurosport LIVE
19.15-22.00 BBC Red Button highlights
20.00-21.30 Eurosport highlights

Friday, 14 April
09.15-12.00 BBC Red Button day two highlights
10.30-12.00 Eurosport day two highlights
11.50-14.40 BBC Two LIVE
12.00-15.10 Connected TV LIVE
12.00-15.10 Eurosport LIVE
19.15-22.35/22.35-01.55 BBC Red Button highlights
20.00-21.30 Eurosport highlights

Saturday, 15 April
06.00-07.30 Eurosport day three highlights
12.00-15.30 BBC Two and Connected TV LIVE
12.00-15.10 Eurosport Two LIVE

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Ohio Breaststroker Nate Goldfarb Commits to Georgetown

Photo Courtesy: Kyle Goodrich

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Nate Goldfarb has committed to swim for Georgetown University beginning in the fall. Goldfarb is a senior at Columbus Academy and trains with Ohio State Swim Club under Kyle Goodrich.

Goldfarb has been a consistently strong 100 breaststroker, finishing as the two time state runner up in the event. Recently, he’s seen significant improvement in his 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, and the backstroke events. His best times are now:

  • 50 Breast 26.43
  • 100 Breast 56.59
  • 200 Breast 2:03.01
  • 100 Back 54.85
  • 200 Back 1:57.66
  • 200 IM 1:55.68

Goldfarb explained,

“I have selected to pursue my education at Georgetown University so I can reach my highest goals both in the classroom and in the pool.”

At the 2017 Big East Conference Championship Goldfarb would have been a 200 Breaststroke A finalist, finishing third. Georgetown only had one swimmer in the top 16 in the event. He also would have scored fifth in the 100 breaststroke, behind the team’s own Arthur Wang (56.28) who tied for third.

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