2014 Virtual World Championships

Photo by Delly Carr

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By David Rieder

CHARLESTON, South Carolina, August 24. WITH no World Championships this summer, the focus of the world’s elite swimmers will go towards one of three regional meets, the already-completed Commonwealth Games, the European Championships, and the Pan Pacific Championships.

Since nearly every major swimming powerhouse focuses on one of these meets, so they make perfect venues for determining who would have been the World Champions in this off-year. Our “Virtual World Championships” will feature the top eight times recorded in one of these three major international finals. Times from prelims and semi-finals will not count, and only two entries per FINA-recognized country will be included. We will make note of B-final times from Pan Pacs that would finish among the top eight here, but those times do not count towards the final eight.

Our list will include all forty pool events contested at the World Championships. Note that the 50s of stroke won’t be contested at Pan Pacs, and the off-Olympic distances (women’s 1500 and men’s 800) were not contested at the Commonwealth Games. Events will be posted in the order in which they are completed.



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    I can’t see the 200 back, 400im, 100 fly for men and the men’s 800 free relay, among others. The list stops for me at 200 back for women. Is that just me? (Also, women’s 100 breast is listed 2 times).

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      David Rieder

      Those events have not happened at Europeans yet (or at least as of this morning’s post-Pan Pacs update). Not posting until an event is completed at all three meets. There will be another update this afternoon!

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    So the Youth Olympics does not count? Because Ruta swam 1:05 in 100 m breast, and also Liliana Szilagyi had world class times.

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      David Rieder

      I had been thinking about adding those. Certainly Ruta would win 100 breast, yes. Will consider putting them in when I do another version of these for Asian Games.

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    Having problems scrolling down the list on iPhone – the slider merges into the ads on the right. Great work though! Agree with comment about including Youth Olympics results.

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      Thanks for letting us know. We’ll look into it.

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    You’re missing Adam Peaty’s 50 breast WR.

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      David Rieder

      We only consider times from a final, and Peaty swam his time in the semi-final.

Author: David Rieder

David Rieder is a staff writer for Swimming World. He has contributed to the magazine and website since 2009, and he has covered the NCAA Championships, U.S. Nationals, Olympic Trials as well as the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the 2017 World Championships in Budapest. He is a native of Charleston, S.C., and a 2016 graduate of Duke University.

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