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World Swimming Champs: Adrian Into Semis

As I write this post, I thought I might be able to update it before the wee small hours of the morning to let you know how Nathan did in the 100 free prelims. Well…yeah…about that. He’s swimming in the LAST of the 22 heats. Right now, it’s Heat 8. I’ll try to hang on.

I did check out the start list to see who he was racing with and it’s a who’s who of sprinters. 

Right next to our guy is Alain Bernard (who is GINORMOUS!) not to mention Roland Schoeman of Russia, Brazil’s Cesar Cielo and Canada’s Brent Hayden.

Is it just me, or has the ‘media’ gone Phelps-crazy? It’s like Phelps.TV 24/7. There are so many great stories out there by so many swimmers, like Ryan Lochte, Cullen Jones, Rebecca Soni, heck even newcomer Kasey Carlson who won a bronze medal in the 100 breast. 

What do you think? Is it too much Michael, or not enough?

Another WHOOPS! moment brought to you by the fine makers of those lovely rubber suits everywhere. Aren’t you glad you don’t have to wear one to work?

Here’s a video of Nathan Adrian I found after the 400 relay win from the media room. 

And we are at Heat 12 of 22! Whoo-Hoo!!

I want to say a big Thank You to all my readers! The Blogstroke debuted in the No. 10 spot among Kitsap staff blogs! We’re only just beginning, baby!!

Heat 15 of 22 has started!

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So I’m keeping track of the heats through omegatiming.com (love it!) because the livestream from universalsports.com isn’t working. Has anyone gotten it to work? Does it just hate Macs? Just curious…

We’re at Heat 18! Oh, so close!!

I wonder what Nathan’s thinking at this point? If you’re a swimmer, make a comment below and let us know what goes through your mind as you wait to take to the starting block.

Heat 20! The times have dropped from high 53s to now sub-49 low. Matthew Targett of Australia was just off the world-record time at the 50 split. It’s getting craaaazzzyyy!!!

Here we go! Heat 22 is about to start…Nathan had a decent reaction time off the block, and was about third at the 50-split (23.06) and finished fourth in his heat with a time of 48.13. That should put him easily into the semifinals. Alain Bernard won in 47.80. No one set a world record but it’s only the prelims.

Again, Nathan swims at 9 a.m., so check back here for coverage if you can’t get it on TV or the online streaming. 

UPDATE: Nathan tied for the ninth fastest swim from the prelims, with Andrey Grechin of Russia. American David Walters was the fastest qualifier in 47.59.