SwimNews.com describes the upcoming French nationals and World championship trials as “a firepower in men’s freestyle events that is hard…
Browsing: Alain Bernard
December 6th & 7th: Coralie Balmy clocked 1:53.18 in the 200 freestyle, wiping out Libby Lenton’s 1:53.29 from 2005. Amaury Leveaux swam 22.29 in the 50 fly, where Australia’s Matt Jaukovic’s world record was 22.50. And Alain Bernard swam 45.69 in the 100 freestyle, where Sweden’s Stefan Nystrand’s world record from last year was 45.83. Read SwimNews here and here
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.