Photo by Delly Carr
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.