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Rather than looking at the top .001% of swimmers at Olympic qualifying level, we have compared the speeds to the top level of adult competitive
swimming over a middle distance. Here's how they compare:
Short Course Event: Mens 800m Freestyle Age Group: 25-29 Swimmer: Greg ORPHANDIES Time: 8:13.81 Venue: SHEFFIELD Date: 24/10/03 = 1.62 m/s (metres per second)
Short Course Event: Mens 800m Freestyle Age Group: 40-44 Swimmer: Martyn PRICE Time: 8:56:09 Venue: ISLE OF WIGHT Date: 15/02/02 = 1.49 m/s (meters per second)
Above are race times - training times are somewhere between 65% and 80% of race times therefore:
SmartPool's® recommended training speed 1.60 m/s would be between 1m/s and 1.3m/s.
SmartPool's® recommended training speed 1.50 m/s would be between 0.96 m/s and 1.1 m/s.
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