The Japanese Swimming Federation has decided to allow its swimmers to wear Speedo’s LZR Racer at the Beijing Olympics. “In order to get the best results in Beijing, we took into account the opinions of the athletes and the coaches,” JSF vice chairman Kazuo Sano said Tuesday.

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Two days after wearing a T-shirt stating “I am the swimmer”, in protest against the Japanese Swimming Federation restricting Japanese swimmers to use only Mizuno, Descente or Asics swim suits, Kosuke Kitajima breaks the 200 meter breaststroke world record, wearing a Speedo LZR Racer at the Japan Open. The new world record is 2:07.51, beating the 2:08.50 set by Brendan Hansen at the 2006 Pan Pacific Championships.

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British Olympics minister Tessa Jowell announced yesterday her aim to make swimming free for all by 2012, with the over 60’s enjoying free swims by the end of this year. This to help get the nation fit without creating an extra burden on the bank balance.

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The rule goes into effect on July 1 and will first apply to eligibility for the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver. “Should an athlete get caught doping in Beijing and then get a sanction of six months, he will not be eligible for the 2012 London Games,” IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies said.

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‘POWERSKIN R-EVOLUTION +, maintains all the innovative features already introduced with the POWERSKIN R-EVOLUTION suit (one single piece of fabric, zero seams on the front and just two low-profiled, thermo-fused sews (seams) and incredible light fabric: only 99g/sqm, ) with additional PU [polyurethane] panels, strategically placed to improve muscle compression’

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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.

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