World Champs ARE BACK!
Bruno Moreno Gutiérrez
Professional Sports Analyst & Journalist
BUDAPEST MADE IT AGAIN!
The World champs are back!
The FINA World Swimming Championships are back. The international swimming federation just announced that a couple of weeks ago in a statement saying that the most important swimming competition of the year was going to be carried out in Budapest, Hungary.
The competition will happen from July 14 to July 30th, 2022. This will be the third time in a row that the Long Course World Swimming Championships are organized in Budapest. The previous occasions where in 2019 and 2017, where Dressel and Peaty were the stars of the meet respectively.
Budapest is one of the fastest competition swimming pools in the world. Here Caeleb Dressel broke Michael Phelps’s 100 fly world record for the first time, Sjöström broke the barrier of 52 seconds in the 100 freestyle, Milak destroyed the 200 butterfly world record in 2019 and finally, Adam Peaty made history by swimming under 26 seconds the 50 breast in 2017.
FINA has posted the top times for the competition and after analyzing them, it seems that the committee is giving more opportunity to upcoming young swimmers.
Comparison of the Tokyo 2021 Vs 2022 World Champs “A” Standards
Tokyo 2021 “A”
Budapest 2022 “A”
The men’s times had a huge change in the freestyle events. The 50 free had a huge increase of 0.17, which will help more swimmers to qualify directly to the swimming competition.
Mexico has a huge potential here with Gabriel Castaño and hopefully more young swimmers. In the mix we can see Andres Dupont, Billy Cruz and Mariano Jasso.
In the breaststroke events Mexico has potential as well. Miguel de Lara, Miguel Chávez, Andres Puente and Emiliano Mora will be fighting for those positions.
Backstroke for Mexico is also very strong with Diego Camacho. The young swimmer from BYU had an amazing fall in 2021 and is looking to finally represent Mexico in the big stage.
In events like 200 and 400 IM, and the big distance events Mexico counts with Ángel Martínez, Héctor Ruvalcaba and Ricardo Vargas. The three have been training amazing and their future looks very promising. Certainly they are very capable to swim under the “A” cut, and some have already done so.
Tokyo 2021 “A”
Budapest 2022 “A”
On the women’s side is also very interesting to see the swimmers that can achieve these standards. Maria Mata Cocco, Melissa Rodríguez, Ayumi Macias, Regina Caracas, Celia Pulido y muchas otras más están en la contienda por conseguir los tiempos debajo de la marca mínima requerida para clasificar directo.
The best breast specialist of Mexico, Melissa, has already been under the “A” cut required for Budapest 2022 and now her job will be to demonstrate to the younger generations that anything is possible. Ayumi is very close to that 1500 free “A” cut with her time posted in Lima 2019, while the rest of the swimmers certainly have the quality of swimming at the international level but will have to improve a little bit more.
Let’s see how many swimmers can achieve these “A” standards for Budapest 2022!
For Latin America is a huge opportunity and I can assure you that Mexican swimmers are more than ready.