"I couldn't slow down!" says Perkins

"I couldn't slow down!" says Perkins

Post by smi.. » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 18:57:50


Two World Records Broken By Perkins        ChCh Press 26 August 1994

Kieran Perkins ignored his coach's instructions when he broke the
world 800m and 1500m freestyle records in a phenomenal swim in the
final night of the Commonwealth Games at the Saanich Pool last night.

Perkins, after consulting with his coach before the race, decided to
try for his own 800m freestyle world record. He achieved that, but
instead of easing back as planned, decided he would keep up his hectic
pace and shoot for his world 1500m record.

From 600m up to 1400m, Perkins reeled off a series of 100m legs around
60sec and had to swim the last 100m in 59sec to break the record. He
did that comfortably. His new time, 14.41.66, took 1.86sec off his
previous mark set when he won the gold medal atthe Barcelona Olympics
two years ago.

His 800m time, 7.46.00 took 0.60sec off his own record set in Sydney
in February 1992.

Perkins's coach, John Carew, asked him after the race why he had gone
on and attempted the world 1500m record. "His reply was that he felt
good. What could I say to that?"
Perkins gathered from the commotion from the Australian team on the
poolside that he had broken the 800m record. "I was still in a rhythm
at that stage and had covered another 50m, so I thought 'will I carry
on and try for the 1500?' and decided: Why not. "I knew I was on world
record pace and it was just too difficult to slow down. A couple of
guys had said to  me before the race that if you get to the 1200m and
they're still going crazy don't slow down."
"I must admit I snuk a look at the board a couple of times and I
wasn't far offit. I couldn't help it I had to keep going."

Perkin's killer pace left the rest of the field, including his two
Australian team mates, Daniel Kowalski and Glen Houseman, who were
second and third respectively, swimming for nothing but the minor
medals after the first 100m was covered by Perkins in a remarkable
54.81sec. He passed through the 400m in 3.50.37 only 5 seconds slower
than his winning time in the 400m individual event earlier in the
programme.

Perkins said he has not been near his best times since the Barcelona
Olympics and he wanted to get near them again at this meeting in
preparation for the world championships, which start in Rome on
September 6.

Kowalski was asked if it was hard to keep going when Perkins was so
far ahead. His answer was succinct: "No. I'm used to it now."
Perkins was not prepared to make any predictions about whether he
would break the world record again in Rome.

Isobel

 
 
 

"I couldn't slow down!" says Perkins

Post by Geoff La » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 09:00:27

I saw Perkins' swim on telly last night and it was awsome!!

The camera angles were very good and we got to see a lot of his style.

The first thing I noticed was that his thumbs stick out a LONG way, i.e he
does not hold them close to his fingers they are almost at right angles to
his hand - Blows the "keep you thumbs close to your hand" theory out of the
water a bit.

The other thing I noticed was that he never gets into a rythm. He might look like
it from on top of the water, but under it you can see that he never sticks to
the same kicking beat! In most laps he will change from a 2 beat kick to a 4 beat
kick and back a lot and will sometimes break into a 6 beat kick!! His last 100m
was all 6 beat kick and arond 57 seconds 8-0

Here are some splits:

400m    3:50.37         (about 1.2 seconds under old WR)
600m    5:48.51
800m    7:46.00 NEW WR  (old 7:46.60)
1000m   9:44.94         (about 2 under)
1200m   11:44.50        (1.36 under)
1300m   12:44.70        (his ONLY +60sec lap!!!)
1400m   13:44.44
1500m   14:41:66        (old record 14:43.48)

Danel Kowalski was second in 14:53, Housman was third in 15:02.

Perkins was just outside the 400m swim at this meet and said he would concentrate
on that event for the worlds.

If he achived that aim (the 400m) he would hold 400-800-1500 WR at one time.
Has any male done this before? I know Shane Gould (Australian, female) held ALL
freestyle records at one time in the 70's (And then retired at 16 or something like
that!!!!)

Geoff

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Post by Paul Big Ears Men » Sat, 27 Aug 1994 10:00:18

  > I saw Perkins' swim on telly last night and it was awsome!!

Yup.

  > The other thing I noticed was that he never gets into a rythm. He
might look like
  > it from on top of the water, but under it you can see that he never
sticks to
  > the same kicking beat! In most laps he will change from a 2 beat kick
to a 4 beat
  > kick and back a lot and will sometimes break into a 6 beat kick!! His
last 100m
  > was all 6 beat kick and arond 57 seconds 8-0

I noticed this too.  He kicks like mad (6 beat) when he's pushing
off, then onto a 2 beat (although I'd call it a lazy flop).  The 4 beat seems to
be for only when he changes breathing sides.  He breathes every two strokes, and
occasionally changes from one side to another.  It appears that he uses his
leg power only when his rhythm is interrupted, ie - on turns and when changing
breathing sides.  Concentrating his engine room up top may result in a more
efficient monster.  Well, it was a monstrous performance :-)  I also studied
a photo of him on the blocks - have you seen the size of his feet?!?!
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Post by Al Spo » Sun, 28 Aug 1994 02:53:48


Quote:

> The first thing I noticed was that his thumbs stick out a LONG way, i.e he
> does not hold them close to his fingers they are almost at right angles to
> his hand - Blows the "keep you thumbs close to your hand" theory out of the
> water a bit.

Who's to say he wouldn't have gone faster had he not been more
'conventional' with his thumb?  Although, I must say, if I were in his
shoes I'd be hesitant to change _anything_ in my stroke.  BTW, thanks
for publishing the incredible splits!

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Post by Lynn Marsha » Wed, 31 Aug 1994 02:04:26

I remember when Tracy Caulkins (at least I think it was her -- in the
mid-70s) did a similar swim (setting 800 and 1500 WRs).  However, I was
especially impressed to hear that her 2nd 800 was faster than the first
(but, of course, ineligible for the 800 WR)!  
Lynn

 
 
 

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Post by Huxiong Ch » Sat, 03 Sep 1994 22:19:55


Lamb) said:
Quote:

>If he achived that aim (the 400m) he would hold 400-800-1500 WR at one time.
>Has any male done this before? I know Shane Gould (Australian, female) held
ALL
>freestyle records at one time in the 70's (And then retired at 16 or something
>like
>that!!!!)

>Geoff

Vlademir Salnikov(spelling?) of the former Soviet Union, 1982-1985.
Surely Janet Evans is stilling holding all three on the women's side.
Huxiong
 
 
 

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Post by Pete Moo » Sun, 04 Sep 1994 18:18:10

Quote:


>Lamb) said:

>>If he achived that aim (the 400m) he would hold 400-800-1500 WR at one time.
>>Has any male done this before? I know Shane Gould (Australian, female) held
>ALL
>>freestyle records at one time in the 70's (And then retired at 16 or something
>>like
>>that!!!!)

>>Geoff

>Vlademir Salnikov(spelling?) of the former Soviet Union, 1982-1985.
>Surely Janet Evans is stilling holding all three on the women's side.

Shane Gould once simultaneously held *every* women's freestyle world
record, from 100m to 1500m (in 1972, I think).

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Post by Paul Big Ears Men » Mon, 05 Sep 1994 14:52:37



    [...]

  > Shane Gould once simultaneously held *every* women's freestyle world
  > record, from 100m to 1500m (in 1972, I think).

Yup, that's right.  I doubt you'd ever see this in athletics, let alone
too many times again in swimming.  I'd say the pressure was unbearable
as she quit competitive swimming before she was out of her ***s.

Last I heard she was in country Australia, her husband and her have
a riding school (or something).  She appears more interesting now than then.
Then, you were looking for winged keels, she was treated as a freak and I'd
guess she didn't like that.  After all, she was still a kid.

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