Updated: Apr 20
With the massive success of the first season of the International Swimming League, the expectations of the second season were high and it did not disappoint.
We pick our top 10 swimming races from the International Swimming League 2020 in Budapest. There were some incredible swims in the second season of the ISL with new World Records and personal bests achieved. Every team in the 2020 edition of the ISL (Cali Condors, Energy Standard, London Roar, LA Current, Tokyo Frog Kings, NY Breakers, Iron, Toronto Titans, DC Trident, and Aqua Centurions) did everything they could to win and put on quite a display!
So let's take a look at our top 10 races chosen by us at Propulsion Swimming and let us know if you agree with our choices!
10. Lilly King (100m Breaststroke)
The American breaststroker with an utterly dominant display in the 100m Breaststroke in semi-final number 2. Beating the field by over a second in a time of 1:03.29
9. Kliment Kolensnikov (Men's 4x100 Medley Relay)
Out of the blue, Kolesnikov obliterates the 100m back WR on the leadoff leg. You would have thought that after this performance, along with teammate Rylov, Energy would have picked backstroke in the skins with but hey, we’ll leave that for you to discuss.
8. Cali Condors (Women's 4x100 Medley Relay)
The quartet of American’s sealed an official world record beating the previous time set over 5 years ago by almost a second, and in term, allowing them to pick the women's skins.
7. Lilly King (Breaststroke Skins)
This time her performance in the final to keep her perfect record in skins racing. She wins the breaststroke skins in the final and picked up several jackpot points along the way.
6. Tom Dean (400m Freestyle)
How can we not put this unreal performance in our top 10? He executed the perfect race strategy to win in a lifetime best time. Could he be a one to look out for in the future?? We think so!!
5. Caeleb Dressel (100m Butterfly)
His first race of the final couldn’t have gone any better. Blowing away a stellar field that included the likes of Tom Shields and Chad le Clos.
4. Adam Peaty (100m Breaststroke)
A man not know for his short course prowess not only smashes the WR but also does so with a massive glide to finish the race. It makes you think there is plenty more room for improvement but nevertheless, this was still a mighty impressive win for the London Roar captain.
3. Caeleb Dressel (100m IM)
We thought his 100m IM time from the semi-finals was almost unbeatable but man, were we wrong. He beats his previous time by 0.6 seconds and almost jackpots the entire field with only him and his teammate picking up points!!
2. Duncan Scott (200m Freestyle)
You want to see a perfect example of how to race swimming’s blue-ribbon event? Look no further than Duncan Scott’s 200m free performance in the 2020 ISL final. Scott takes it out like a train and holds pace to win in style, setting a new British record in the process.
1. Beryl Gastaldello (100m Freestyle)
An unbelievable race that could have gone to 4 or 5 swimmers with unbelievable drama from start to finish. The top 4 swimmers were separated by only 0.06 seconds and was won by Beryl Gastaldello. Who came back in the last 5 meters to snatch the victory for LA Current.
Check out the video below!!