Sunday, 17 June 2012
New Vote: Who Will Win the Women's 200m Freestyle in London?
There might not be a more contentious event in world swimming right now than the women's 200m Freestyle. Everyone has an opinion, and most of them differ from fan to fan.
We are still yet to see what the American women have to offer, but it's time to take this question to the masses.
Federica Pellegrini - Reigning Olympic and World Champion.
Camille Muffat - Textile record holder having a tremendous 2012.
Sarah Sjoestrom - Uber-talented has bundles of speed and has improved her endurance.
Femke Heemskerk - Gutsy racer could well lead the Olympic final at 150m, can she hang on?
Kylie Palmer - World Silver medalist is improving year on year.
Missy Franklin - The opinion splitter. World's fastest time in 2011 and just turned 17 years of age, the sky is the limit.
Allison Schmitt - Already in 2012 has been faster than Franklin's 2011 best time, and that was unrested. 1:55.0 untapered speaks to a potentially huge swim this summer.
Bronte Barratt - Sub 1:56 in 2012 and faster than compatriot Kylie Palmer, she has the stamina to challenge if she can stay close to the field.
Other - Dana Vollmer could upset either Franklin or Schmitt at US Trials, Barbara Jardin of Canada, Shijia Wang/Yi Tang of China, Rebecca Turner and maybe Caitlin McClatchey of Britain will have home support, Haruka Ueda of Japan has been improving steadily recently, Mireia Belmonte is a fighter and Silke Lippok has age on her side.