37 year old Jason Cull saw a dark shape approaching as he swam about 80 meters off the popular Middleton beach in Western Australia on Saturday. “I just remember being dragged backwards underwater. I felt along it, I found its eye and I poked it in the eye, and that’s when it let go.”
Bernard broke the opposition and softened up the record with the fierce speed of his first length.
“I always went out very fast. If you think before the race that the end will be tiring you’ll never make it,” he said.
He acknowledged there had been a change in approach to the classic 100m race, with the emphasis now on power rather than technique as exemplified by past master Alexander Popov and Van den Hoogenband, who was not well enough to swim the event here.
“Yes, it’s more power, but power always with technique. Without technique it’s very difficult to swim,” Bernard said.
Very interesting read about the state of the art Australian Institute of Sport, where they monitor everything and use pacemaker lights and other stuff to sharpen up training. Also interesting read about how Bernard, Nystrand and Sullivan use video analysis and lots of races to keep ahead of the pack.