'The Boss' reports from Russia - with love
Hopefully you heard the Total Swimming MD Steve Parry commentating for the BBC from the FINA World Swimming Championships in Russia - his passion for swimming comes through in every word. As soon as he got off the plane and into the office we grabbed him for his thoughts on a brilliant week - and how inspirational it had been for the future of British Swimming....
This is his 'blog'..
"I’ve got to be honest I had no clue what country Kazan was in never mind where in the world the Capital of Tartastan was. This beautiful city of 1.5m people situated on the banks of the Volga proved to be the perfect stomping ground for a new look British Swim team. In 2013 I spent 8 days watching the Brits with only a solitary bronze medal from Fran Halsall sparing Great Britain complete humiliation only a year after the Olympics in London.
Fast forward 2 years and the team broke 2 world records, got 5 Gold medals (more than double the previous best) and sat on top of the medal table after 4 days. I am a big fan of the baby face assassins Ross Murdoch and Adam Peaty and have them as strong medal contenders for top honours at the Olympics in Rio next year. They set the tone of the meet picking up Bronze and Gold respectively on day 2 in the 100 Br. James Guy and Siobhan Marie O’Conner also have youth on their side but compete with veteran heads and true grit. Their efforts were also rewarded with Silver and Bronze on the first night.
Titans of the sport Katie Ledecky (USA) and Sun Yang (China) were going to get a piece of history in completing the Quad; victories in 200, 400, 800 and 1500 freestyle. Sun Yang's bid failed early with James Guy beating him in 200 F/c by a tenth of a second. The sight of Guy standing onto the podium on a world stage is something we should get used to! Katie Ledecky was a completely different story breaking 3 world records and 5 Gold medals courtesy of the 4x 200 freestyle relay. Ledecky is now 9 for 9 in her World Championship Gold medal haul which is astonishing given she only just finished her high school exams and can’t drive. See truly has legendary status sealed if she can win another gold in Rio next year.
It’s great to see such strength and depth in the GB squad and this was demonstrated by them beating the mighty US team in the Mixed medley relay and men’s 4 x 200 freestyle team. With Rio just around the corner Britain's chances have never looked better!"