Who will win the Women's 400m Freestyle final?
The middle distances in pool swimming in the last decade were dominated by Federica Pellegrini (ITA), Lotte Friis (DEN), Rebecca Adlington (GBR), Camille Muffat (FRA) and our Camelia Potec (ROU). Last year at the Shanghai World Championships, Federica Pellegrini won in 04'01.97", followed by Rebecca Adlington and Camille Muffat at more than 2 seconds, which means a lot in swimming.
The World Record of 03'59.15" was set by Federica Pellegrini at the Rome 2009 World Championships. At that time the special suits were still allowed, which helped the swimmers break a lot of records. Since Shanghai 2011 these suits were prohibited and only 2 World Records were broken in that competition (after about 40 WR at Rome!).
This year at the European Championships, Federica Pellegrini didn't qualify to the finals, Camelia Potec came in 6th place, but Camille Muffat Lotte Friis and Rebecca Adlington didn't participate. Coralie Balmy (FRA) won 04'05.31", followed by Mireia Belmonte García (SPA) and Opélie Étienne (FRA). The Hungarian swimmers rised at this event, Éva Risztov and Boglárka Kapas coming in 4th and 5th place. The Olympic title holder is Rebecca Adlington who won at Beijing in 04'03.22".
Summing up, who will succeed at the London Acquatics Centre? Can Rebecca Adlington defend her Olympic gold medal? Will Federica Pellegrini succeed again? Can Coralie Balmy or Camille Muffat bring to France the Gold medal? Will there be a (Romanian) surprise?
My answer for today is: Rebecca Adlington (photo), because it's a one in a lifetime opportunity to win at home and she cannot miss that.
Final: Sunday, 29.07, 8:15 PM GMT