Author: rokur

Production engineer and certified swim coach. Full-time IT consultant, spare-time swimming aficionado. 2 sons, 2 daughters and a wife. President of the Faroe Islands Aquatics Federation. Likes to run :-)

Denmark’s 800m World champion Lotte Friis set a second best time in the World this year at the Championnats de France today, winning the 1500 freestyle in 16:06.74, ahead of Chile’s Kristel Kobrich in 16:16.73 and French Aurélie Muller in 16:27.77. In the men’s 800 freestyle, France’s Sébastien Rouault won comfortably with a time of 7:54.95, ahead of Sébastien Fraysse in 8:02.35 and teenager Damien Joly in 8:03.01. Denmark’s Mads Glæsner was 4th in 8:03.69. Results here and here, read also SwimNews.com.

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In a tight tussle at the Championnats de France today, Fabien Gilot came up on top with a 48.34, followed by William Meynard in 48.57, Yannick Agnel in 48.59, Alain Bernard in 48.71, Jérémy Stravius in 48.82, Amaury Leveaux in 49.49, Frédérick Bousquet in 49.59 and Romain Magula in 49.72. See results and read SwimNews.com. 100m : Gilot en 48″34 !

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At the Norwegian short course championships today, Aleksander Hetland and Alexander Dale Oen met in the 50 breaststroke, Hetland having won bronze in the Dubai 2010 World short course championships, and Dale Oen being the European champion in the 100 long course breaststroke. During prelims Hetland was faster, also leading the first half of the final, but then Dale Oen came back strong, tying Hetland with a 27.61. Coaches comment that it wasn’t a good race for neither of them, as they are a bit worn out, but that it means a lot to have them competing against each other…

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Frédérick Bousquet and Alain Bernard posted the first sub-22 second 50 freestyles of the year today at the Championnats de France de Natatation, Bousquet swimming 21.82 and Bernard 21.98. Camille Muffat set a second-best this year in the 100 free, clocking 53.97 where Heemskerk posted 53.70 earlier this month. Denmark’s Rikke Møller Pedersen won the 50 breaststroke in 31.85, and Hugues Duboscq the 200 breast in 2:11.99. Sources: Swimmingworld Magazine and SwimNews.com. 50m: Bousquet en 21″82 !

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Athletes are increasingly using ice baths to stimulate recovery, as seen in this ClubWolverine video with Mike Bottom about swimming recovery. A more high-tech alternative is the cryosauna, where liquid nitrogen is turned into freezing gas, plunging the temperature below -200 degrees Fahrenheit (-128 degrees Celcius), for instance used by ‘Mad Scientist’ Alberto Salazar. The body believes that it is dying and rushes blood to protect its vital organs. Two minutes later, when the athlete emerges from the container, the concentrated and enriched blood rushes back through the body, providing an instant cleanse and relief. Source The Wall Street Journal…

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Arnold Lande, a retired American heart and lung surgeon, has patented a scuba suit that would allow a human to breathe “liquid air”, a special solution that has been highly enriched with oxygen molecules. “The first trick you would have to learn is overcoming the gag reflex,” explains Lande, a 79-year-old inventor from St Louis, Missouri. “But once that oxygenated liquid is inside your lungs it would feel just like breathing air.” Sounds like The Abyss to me … Source The Independent via Swimming is Easy.

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Eleuthera, Bahamas is named after the Greek word for “freedom,” Eleuthera is 110 miles long and just a mile at its widest. To the east is the occasionally wild Atlantic, to the west a shallow, usually calm Caribbean Sea. The waters on both sides are ideal for swimming. Unless, of course, you don’t know how to swim, which is the case for 80 percent of the Eleuthera islanders. Taught to fear the ocean, even some of the fishermen who make their living off the sea can only dog paddle. A pair of young American women are trying to erase that…

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A good read here 0n diversityinaquatics.com … Water is a magnet for all children.  It is fun.  It is soothing.  Water is the ultimate, non-threatening hug.  As an adult, what is your reaction when you sink into a hot bath?  Or sip a cool glass of water on a hot day?   Aaaaaahhhhhhh.  Exactly.  Now magnify that attraction and that reaction by 100 and you’ll know exactly what an autistic child feels like when they are immersed in water.

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