World Cup, the stars - Dressel's USA ready for the medal record: but how many rookies

The American squadron monopolizes the attention at the World Championships in Budapest, which lose stars like Peaty and the big Australians. Canada: beware of McIntosh

The World Cup in Budapest is somewhat halved by large absences: starting with Russia (and Belarus) absent for war reasons. The Russians will miss Kolesnikov, Rylov, Grinev and new scenarios are opening up in the relay. Britain is without the undefeated runner-up Adam Peaty and the all-rounder Duncan Scott. Australia does not have the two Tokyo superstars: Emma Mckeon (7 medals at the 2021 Games and 11 in total) and Ariarne Titmus, fresh from the world record in the 400 sl. The USA, on the other hand, are fully led by Katie Ledecky (who will try to recover the record of 400) and Caeleb Dressel, who in 2017 won 7 golds in Budapest and in 20189 stopped at 6 before winning Tokyo with 5 golds. Ledecky gave up the 200s to bet everything on 400-800-1500sl. Ledecky won 18 medals at the World Championships against 13 for Caeleb Dressel, the two super aces of a US team that has 69% (34) at the world debut including Claire Curzan, Shaine Casas and Katie Grimes, who will also compete in the bottom. Ledecky can win the fifth consecutive gold in the 800 sl, Dressel the third consecutive in the 50 and 100 sl and 100 butterfly. Dressel, Curzan, Huske and Andrew are enrolled in 4 individual tests: Andrew even at 5. The German Florian Wellbrock announces that he will do 4 races: Greg Paltrinieri already beats him 5-4. The Dutch Arno Kamminga announces that he will not swim the 50 breaststroke, probably so as not to tire in key 200: Nicolò Martinenghi, without Peaty and the tulip, accentuates the features of the favorite.

The foreign stars

Men: Matt Sates, South African, 18 years old. We expect him in the mixed but he is also strong in freestyle. Maybe South Africa has found the new Le Clos. Lukas Martens, German, 20 years old. Since the years of Thorpe, a “dominant” between 200 and 1500 has not been seen as the young panzer who grew up in the shadow of Wellbrock. Hunter Armstrong, American 21 years old. he has set one of three world records this season from 50 meters. Is he the new wonder backer? He will also depend on Ceccon. David Popovici, Romanian, 17 years old. Between 100 and 200 sl we will understand if the Roman talent confirms the incredible exploits of 2021. Talent at the real test among the greats. Luca Screaming, American, 20 years old. Having lost the Olympics, after a NCAA season in the foreground, the Italian-blooded dolphinist is at the real baptism in the long course, and in the location where he revealed himself as a junior. Elijah Winnington, Australian, 22 years old. He is no longer very young, and with the return of Mack Horton, he will have to prove that he can make up for the expectations betrayed in Tokyo at the best. In the 400sl he will exploit the absence of the Tuini Olympian Ahmed Hafnaoui. Joshua Liendo, Canadian, 19 years old. After being highlighted from 25 meters, the real leap in quality will have to do from 50 meters. Between freestyle speed and 100 dolphin speed, will the black Canadian break the bank?

Women: Molly O’Callaghan, Australian, 18 years old. The Australian has taken almost the whole scene among the emerging speed: she will present herself with the fastest time trial in the world in the queen specialty: 52 ”49. Honors and burdens. Lara Van Niekerk, South African, 19 years old. Lara’s theme opens the front of the frog, a specialty that loses another South African such as Tatjana Shoenmaker and Lydia Jacoby, respectively 200 and 100 breaststroke Olympians. The fortunes of the German Anna Elendt and our Pilato and Castiglioni will depend a lot on Lara. Summer McIntosh, Canadian, 15 years old. Between freestyle, dolphin and mixed, the North American still lowers the middle age and is preparing to do wonders. More than Penny Oleksiak and Tylor Ruck. Alex Walsh, American, 20 years old. She surprised at the trials and now we will see in the world championship impact how she will react, especially in the 200 medley against Katinka Hossu, who is looking for the farewell medal. Claire Curzan, American, 17 years old. Bewitching the US and carving out a role as a real phenomenon. Claire Curzan is the Australian Molly o’Callaghan’s answer to the stars and stripes. Yu Jingyao, Chinese, 23 years old. In the 200 breaststroke she will try to chase the Americans Lilly King and Kate Douglass, and in general she is looking for a role as female leader of the Chinese squadron in place of Zhang Yufei. Lani Pallister, Australian, 20 years old. We remain undecided whether to focus on her on the American Katie Grimes, in the middle distance behind Ledecky and Quadarella there are still enters, even if the Pallister is the one that seems to us with more margins.

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