American Jessica Hardy clocked an astonishing 29.58 at the 2008 FINA World Short Course Championships in Manchester this evening, claiming the world record of 29.90 that had stood to Australian Jade Edminstone since 2005. Sources: SwimNews and SwimInfo.
Zimbabwe’s Kirsty Coventry set a new 400 IM SCM world record in a race where no 2 and 3 also swam within the former world record. USA crushed the 400 freestyle relay SCM world record, and the Dutch women totally obliterated the 800 freestyle relay SCM world record with more than 7 seconds, in a race where 4 teams (!) went clear under the 6 year old world record.
Here is the 400 IM final in Spanish
As stated here on fina.org, FINA has now incorporated the new version of the WADA World Anti-Doping Code into its rules, together with a new set of FINA Medical & Ethic Rules.
The FINA Extraordinary Congress has also approved the adoption of a starting platform in swimming that may have an adjustable setting back plate (to be implemented only after the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing), the definition of 10km open water events as ‘Marathon Swimming’, and the new regulations related to cases of emergency abandonment of open water swimming races.
Quite interesting that Libby Trickett took only one breath when breaking world record in the long course 50 meters freestyle at the Australian Trials, when she a few days earlier took what seems like more than 30 breaths in the also world record breaking 100.
The Australian gold medallist from Athens 2004 expects a lot from the upcoming Swimming World Championships in Manchester. “It’s an Olympic year, world records have been tumbling and I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see a few more set in Manchester”.
WORLD Championship Sports Network (WCSN) will provide live coverage of the 2008 FINA World Short Course Championships from April 9 -13 in Manchester, England. As the official global webcast partner for FINA, WCSN will be providing fans access to the event via WCSN TV and free webcast on www.WCSN.com (for US Viewers) or www.fina.org (for select international viewers).