All snapshot pictures are from the NBC Online telecast at http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/
China’s Sun Yang blew away his world record again. A catchup stroke swim that was quite amazing and his being in top form at the 2012 Olympics must feel like none other. So, how did he do that?
Sun Yang’s coach, Aussie coach Denis Cotterell, is the master of middle and distance freestyle which helped him hone his athletic ability to greatness. Yang is the master of the underwater high elbow catch, which you can see in the pictures below.
Check out the elbow riding high in the water, hand almost perpendicular to the surface.
Here is a look at it from the front, fingertips down, high elbow, resting arm up front.
I thought this one above and the one below were an incredible shot of his form. It shows the huge paddle Yang creates.
I’ve seen a few people that look this good underwater over the years, including Dara Torres, Troy Dalbey and Matt Cetlinski. All are incredible, but not many are this distinct. The power that his perpendicular portion (from elbow to fingertip) creates is quite efficient in Yang’s mile. Why do you think it looks so easy? He is pulling some serious water! Many people can do this for a 100, 200 or even a 400, but over an entire mile? Now that’s a model to follow!
Additionally, when Sun Yang got together with Coterell, they made magic. Coterell, who also coached world record holder Grant Hackett and Daniel Kowalski and others, was the major turning point. Truly they make a great pair.
The ability to not allow his stroke to break down after becoming fatigued is a testament to his form, his training, and his coach knowing exactly what to do! Congrats! Next time I bet he goes under 14:30 in the mile.
See below… Enough said, see you in Rio.
All pictures are from the NBC Online telecast at http://www.nbcolympics.com/liveextra/