Monthly Archives: May, 2008

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Mizuno, Asics And Descente Respond To Japanese Deadline

The Japanese Swimming Federation gave the three Japanese sportswear companies until May 30 to come up with an outfit comparable to the LZR Racer, which they then have unveiled by now. Asics and Descente have used a new “world’s fastest swimwear material” called Biorubber Swim-SCS Fabric and polyurethane, while Mizuno say they have a new material tightening the swimmer’s body.

Source: AFP

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Doping Charged Bree Gets Off With A Warning

Irish Andrew Bree admitted the use of an over-the-counter Vicks Nasal Inhaler, which in the US contains the banned substance of Levmethamfetamine. The doping panel was convinced that the use of the drug was not intended to enhance performance and that Bree had gone to “all possible lengths to check that the medial product that he was using contained no such banned substance.”

Source: SwimInfo

Technique
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How Australians Use CFD To Better Swimming

Western Australian Institute of Sport (WAIS) and the University of Western Australia can determine whether a change is beneficial without actually changing a swimmer’s technique, by inputting the 3D kinematics (body movements) of the swimmer, and then calculate the way the water moves around this 3D animation using ‘computational fluid dynamics’. This takes the ‘trial and error’ approach out of technique prescription. The video below demonstrates how they can model and measure the swimming stroke of world record holder Eamon Sullivan.

Source: ScienceNetwork WA

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Drymonakos Tests Positive For Steroids

European 200-meter butterfly champion Ioannis Drymonakos from Greece tested positive for Methyltrienolone on March 6, and is therefore “withdrawing from swimming and reserves the right to exercise all legal rights to safeguard his honor and reputation”. This is the same steroid for which 11 Greek weightlifters tested positive in a separate recent doping scandal.

Source: International Herald Tribune

Equipment
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Fun Angle On The Speedo Controversy

With outsider points like “In the same way that most men believe red sports cars are speedier than those of other hues, they believe Speedos go faster than normal trunks” and “Well, on behalf of readers, a friend of mine examined them to see if there was obvious NASA input. There were no rockets, fuel cells, turbo-chargers or loose O-rings, designed to fall off in mid-flight. Then he noticed the price-tag: US$800. That was the only bit that reminded him of NASA.”

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