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The 100 Is Now More Power Than Technique

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.

Source: tvnz.co.nz

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1996 Silver Medallist Arrested On Drug Charges

Australian former olympic swimmer Scott Miller was under heavy police surveillance for almost two years before he and ex-rugby player Mark Catchpole were arrested on charges of possession of a tablet press, two counts of possessing a proscribed restricted substance and possessing an offensive weapon. He allegedly had capsicum spray and steroids in his bedroom and the Herald Sun understands he told police the steroids were for horses. Read all about it here in the Herald Sun, and here on SwimInfo.com.

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Last Dolphin Kick Won The Race

Some 8 years ago, a wise man at the Olympiastützpunkt Hamburg told us students, that he expected the underwater dolphin kicks in backstroke to be where the biggest performance improvements would be made in swimming technique the coming years.

Watch this video from the 200 backstroke final in Manchester this weekend, and notice how equal the two leading swimmers are, until Rogan (yellow cap) stays underwater just that little bit more after the last turn, that makes the difference between a world record and number two.