Watch any swimming race on television and you won’t know who is swimming or what times they are splitting.
After a touch/split, viewers now know how far away the leader is from the World Record split. We know what team/country is currently is in first place, second place, and third place. We don’t know who is on the relay. We have no idea what these people’s times are. We don’t know who are in the other 5 lanes.
Wouldn’t it make logical sense to let the audience in on WHO is swimming and WHAT their times are?
According to Rowdy Gaines, the media outlets have no say in this. This is a FINA decision, so I decided to write them a letter.
I understand the concept of allowing viewers to know who is swimming and how fast they are going is a little bit radical; but, it would be great to know.