Browsing: Competition

Sorry, the evening world record bull run wasn’t quite over. The United State’s team of Margaret Hoelzer, Jessica Hardy, Rachel Komisarz and Kara Denby set a new 400 SCM medley world record in the time of 3:51.36, almost half a second faster than the old record of 3:51.84, that Australia set in 2006. See also SwimInfo

Croatia’s Duje Draganja has set a new world record in the 50 SCM freestyle event, clocking 20.81 where Sweden’s Stefan Nystrands world mark was 20.93. And USA’s Ryan Lochte bettered the 200 SCM IM world record with a time of 1:51.56, more than a second faster than Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh’s world record of 1:52.99. Read here and here on SwimInfo.

Here is the men’s 50 freestyle final in Croatian. I found it in English too, but it is just not the same as hearing those Croatians scream their lungs out :-)

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 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.