We are 6 months out from the start of the 2016 Olympic Games being held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

So, why not make some predictions?  There’s always a chance that one or more of these contenders won’t even make the Olympics let alone Finals.  But, it’ll be fun to see how these evolve over the next 6 months and ultimately pan out.

Men’s 50 Free:

I’m currently torn between Florent and Nathan.  Florent just doesn’t lose very often and is the epitome of a 50 meter sprint specialist.  This is his race — he hasn’t even really given the 100 Free a chance until these Games.

Nathan, on the other hand, has really shown his speed in the “splash and dash” recently.  He has looked better in the 50 than the 100.

I also like the size of both of them.  Both are about 6 feet 6 inches tall and weigh around 220lbs.  That’s 4 inches and 40 lbs more than Bruno.

With Cesar Cielo still overcoming a shoulder injury and under ridiculous pressure to sit atop the podium again, I’m going with the better Brazilian — Bruno Fratus.

Gold:  Florent Manaudou, France

Silver:  Nathan Adrian, USA

Bronze:  Bruno Fratus, Brazil

Women’s 50 Free:

Again, I will almost always go with size when it comes to the 50.  The Campbell sisters have dominated the sprint events over the last few years with Bronte really coming on strong in Kazan, upending her sister in both the 50 and 100.

Many people don’t realize that Sjostrom is 6’1″.  Check out this picture of her standing next to Dana Vollmer — no shorty herself.

Sjostrom and Vollmer

Sjostrom and Vollmer

The Swede is on fire, has matured quite a bit, and is better prepared to win multiple Olympic medals than 2012.

Ranomi Kromowidjojo has been crushing the short course format (tied her own World Record in December) and is the reigning 50 and 100 Olympic Champion.  I don’t believe anyone has the pure power and strength that Ranomi has.   If there is going to be a tie, it’s most likely in the 50.

Gold: Cate Campbell, Australia

Silver:  Sarah Sjostrom, Sweden

Bronze:  Bronte Campbell, Australia and Ranomi Kromowidjojo, Netherlands


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