Thorpe: The age of the smaller swimmer is dawning


Interesting detail in a story about Ian Thorpe’s continuing comeback, read Asia One:

According to Thorpe, one of the main reasons behind the emergence of Asian swimmers – as well as others with smaller physiques – is the greater ease with which they can turn at the wall.

“For bigger swimmers, the cost of creating speed off the wall is very high because of the size of their muscle mass,” he explained.

“Smaller swimmers can generate the same frequency at a lower energy cost.

“This has blown out of the water a lot of perceptions about swimming; it’s making people rethink what the advantages are.”


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