INFOGRAPHIC: Barcelona’s over and underachievers

SWIMMING – Looking back at our predictions for the 2013 World Swimming Championships, we have been able to identify the biggest overachievers and the biggest underachievers. Punching far above his weight was Slovenia’s Damir Dugonjic, who finished fourth in the Men’s 100m Breaststroke, where we expected him to finish in 23rd place. Finland’s Matti Mattsson posted a similar surprise performance in the Men’s 200m Breaststroke.

Alicia Coutts (50m Butterfly) and Fabio Scozzoli (50m Breaststroke) were the biggest laggards when looking at our pre-race projections.

REVIEW: Franklin sets world championships record

SWIMMING – The United States emerged victorious in the Women’s 4 x 100m Medley Relay, the final event of the 2013 World Aquatics Championships. Missy Franklin secured her sixth gold medal at these World Swimming Championships, setting a new record for a woman at a single World Championships, beating the record by Tracy Caulkins (USA) from 1978 that was equalled by Libby Trickett-Lenton (AUS) in 2007. The only swimmer that has ever won more than six gold medals in a single worlds is a man: Michael Phelps, who accomplished that feat in 2007. Australia came second. Remarkably, Alicia Coutts finished these championships with five medals, all silvers. This is also a new record for a single world championships.

ANALYSE THIS: Russia ahead of schedule as Australia need to catch up

SWIMMING – After 17 of 40 medal events at the 2013 FINA World Swimming Championships, Russia are performing better than expected, having won three medals so far, while Australia have some catching up to do based on the Infostrada Sports Virtual Medal Table. Australia are on six medals, but should be on 10 according to the VMT predictions.
In the infographic below you can see each country’s performance. You can click on the image to go to the interactive part to switch between gender, medals and medal tables.

Missy Franklin (USA) has won three gold medals at these world championships and she is two gold medals shy of the women’s record of winning five gold medals at a single edition. Franklin can extend her total to four gold medals if she is part of the winning 4x200m Freestyle team on Thursday, 1 August. However, our Virtual Medal Table predicts that the USA will finish behind Australia

Franklin has another shot at gold in the 100m Freestyle, tomorrow, 2 August, although she is predicted to finish outside the medals in fourth place.

With the 200m Backstroke (3 Aug) and the 4×100 Medley Relay (4 Aug) to come, Franklin is still expected to reach five gold medals in Barcelona and thereby equaling the record set by Tracy Caulkins (USA, 1978) and Libby Trickett (AUS, 2007).

Swimming sensation Katie Ledecky (USA) can become the second youngest woman to win three WCh gold medals in individual events if she wins the 800m Freestyle on 3 August. Ledecky will be 16 years and 139 days on Saturday and you can check out below the list of youngest women to reach three gold medals in individual events.

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INFOGRAPHIC: Recent records at the Olympic Games

OLYMPIC GAMES – Looking at the performance in athletics and swimming events of the 2012 London Olympic Games, this edition of the Olympics is not as record-friendly as the one in Beijing four years ago. In Beijing 26 world records were broken in athletics and swimming, and an additional 21 Olympic records. In London there are 11 world records so far and an additional 17 Olympic records.

BIRTHDAY – 3 August: Ryan Lochte (Swimming)

SWIMMING – Ryan Lochte is 28 years old today. He is one of the most successful participants in the London 2012 Olympic Games and also the most popular in social media. Lochte is a jack-of-all-trades in the swimming pool, making him a master in the medleys. However, he is also a formidable competitor in backstroke and freestyle.

Shares birthday with: Terry Wogan, Martin Sheen, James Hetfield