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Germanys Britta Steffen set a new European Record at the German Olympic trials today, breaking her own and until recently global standard of 53.30 with the new time of 53.20. This was not in a Speedo LZR Racer, but in an Adidas PowerWeb full body suit. Sources: SwimNews and SwimInfo.

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

Helge Meeuw set a new 100 meter backstroke long course record at the German Olympic Trials today, swimming 53.10 where his and Liam Tancock’s former record was 53.46. And former South African Sarah Poewe set at new 100 meter breaststroke record in the time of 1:07.10, where the record of Ukranian Anna Khlystunova was 1:07.27. Source: SwimNews.

The Australian Olympic Committee has decided to ban Nick D’Arcy from Beijing 2008, after an investigation following the 20-year-old’s nightclub altercation with former Commonwealth swimming champion Simon Cowley in Sydney last month. Coach Brian Stehr says that this probably has ended D’Arcy’s swimming career. Read more here on AidelaideNow.

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.