Courtesy of: SwimmingWorld.TV
PHOENIX, Arizona, July 19. ON August 1, eight men will line up for the final of the 100 freestyle in the Palau Sant Jordi to determine the world champion in the event. Three names have been thrown around in the past few months as serious contenders for the gold medal, and we wanted to know which of those three you believe will win. By a slim margin of just 1.7 percent of the votes, Nathan Adrian was picked as the one who will win the 100 free in Barcelona, getting 37.71 percent of the votes. Receiving 36 percent of the votes was James Magnussen, who will be defending his world championship title. Vlad Morozov, who is improving by leaps and bounds this year, got 24.57 percent of the votes, and just 1.71 percent of people said another person will win the event. We'll all know in 13 days.
We hope our new poll question will continue the discussion that has been generated in the past couple of days regarding FINA's vote to set the maximum water temperature in open water races at 31 degrees Celsius, or 87.8 degrees Fahrenheit. FINA came to that temperature limit after discussions with various sport governing bodies, and after reading the report of an independent study. The open water swimming community has called for FINA to take such action in the two years since Fran Crippen's death in October 2010, and now we want to know what your thoughts are on this new rule. Do you think the temperature limit is too high, too low, or just right? Go to our home page at swimmingworld.com and vote in the poll on the right side of the page. On next Friday's show we'll bring you the results.