What is the Hardest Event in Swimming?


What’s the Hardest Occasion in Swimming?

By Elise Devlin, Swimming World Intern

There’s nothing worse than getting a large eyed, worrisome expression out of your pal after you answered their query, “So, what occasion do you will have subsequent?” We’ve all been there. Lurking someplace in your meet lineup is just the worst occasion to exist. However which occasion is that? Possibly the 400 IM, with its strict demand of endurance in each stroke, all packed into one race. Or is it the 200 cry…I imply fly? C’mon, who actually thinks eight entire laps of butterfly is a stroll within the park anyway? After which in fact there may be the 1500 freestyle. There may be actually simply no escape in that one.  

Whether or not you might be biased because of the truth that you’re an everyday participant in one in every of these occasions, or you’re the reverse and may’t think about your self even getting by means of one of those occasions, everybody has an opinion on the controversial query of, “what’s the most troublesome race in swimming”.  

After surveying my swim group at Towson College, it was clear everybody had totally different opinions on which occasion was the toughest. With the winner of this survey being the 400 IM, it might be totally different for an additional swim group. Nevertheless, these six occasions had been essentially the most voted on by my group, and every stay sturdy contenders for which occasion within the sport of swimming is essentially the most troublesome.

200 Free

So do you dash this entire race and take a look at to not die? Do you tempo the entire thing and hope for the most effective? The reply is each. This occasion might be thought of one of the troublesome due to the race technique that comes with it. It’s just about hanging out on the border of dash and mid-distance, leaving you with no selection however to depend on your endurance to carry a quick tempo for all the race. All about that third 50. 

Photograph Courtesy: Peter H. Bick

200 Fly

One impulsive, “I’m going to choose it up now so I can get forward,” can spoil you on this occasion. If you happen to take it out too quick, you’ll by no means survive the second half of the race, or you’ll, but it surely simply gained’t be fairly to observe. However if you happen to take it out too sluggish, you would have too exhausting of a time catching again up the entire eight laps. In the meantime, the extra you get drained doing this stroke, the more durable it’s to keep up good method. It positively takes a special breed of particular person to proudly name this occasion their race of selection.  

400 IM

If you happen to aren’t proficient in every of the 4 strokes, you may kiss this race goodbye. That is proper up there within the rankings for being the toughest occasion in swimming due to its mixture of each stroke, the endurance you could must swim it, and the proper technique you could persist with. Additionally, you might be compelled to offer it your all in each single portion of the race, because of the truth that everybody else’s technique is totally different than yours, relying on their strongest and weakest stroke. For all , your opponent might be an incredible breaststroker and cruise proper previous you if you least anticipate it.  

1500 Free


Photograph Courtesy: Becca Wyant

It nonetheless confuses me how some folks voluntarily declare themselves distance swimmers, however we actually couldn’t get by with out them.  Swimming for 15+ minutes whereas making an attempt to maintain a gradual tempo and keep along with your competitors shouldn’t be within the slightest bit straightforward. Small errors will kill you on this race by including up and creating gained time, which is the very last thing you need after ending this lengthy of a race and giving it your all. That is thought of by many to be one of many hardest races within the sport due to the period of time you could keep mentally sturdy, and tempo your self appropriately for quarter-hour or extra.

200 Again

Benefit from the feeling in your legs as a lot as you may earlier than you swim this race, as a result of I can promise you it gained’t be there after.  Underwaters and a strong, constant kick are key to staying sturdy on this race. It’s at all times necessary to have a plan of assault, in order that your legs don’t give out on you too early. As soon as this occurs, the result of your 200 again gained’t precisely be promising.  

200 Breast

The distinction in tempo for a 200 breaststroke versus a 100 breaststroke might be large. It may be difficult when looking for that good rhythm to hold you thru this race, whereas additionally sustaining a gradual but quick tempo all through all the eight laps. However don’t let your method go or else this occasion can go downhill from there on.


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