Archive for October, 2007


Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Natalie Coughlin´s world record in 100 back, SCM.


Tuesday PM Linkage.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Image by junefoo.

Now would you please shut the f##k up?!?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

I kinda feel sorry for Elka Graham, in essence she did not do anything that harmful. Just had a momentary lapse of reason and uttered to her column ghostwriter words that have now come back to kicker her royally in the butt. You know, normal person already thinks that all athletes are using drugs and us better minded people just think she wanted some attention so badly that this was the only way to get it… So this is not that big of a deal…

Now there seems to no way out of this issue than saying who did offer her and what. She can run all she want but someday she has to face the world and say what she really meant with those words.

And sooner the better as it seems that Swimming Australia is bringing out the big guns, those 120 cm howitzer called “lawyers”… Although howitzers just fired some duds and claimed that there was much left to use to bend Elka´s arm for some information, I don´t think that this is the end of matter…

NZ to the OZ.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

TV3, tv channel in New Zealand, has a little clip from their visit to the New Zealand’s high performance swimming team´s training session in North Shore Swim Club. Team is getting ready for Sydney World Cup…


Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Vähän informaatiota ruotsalaisen uimaseuran Väsby SS:n kuivaharjoittelusta löytyy täältä ja täältä.


Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Nip/Tuck begins new season and to celebrate that has new lay-out… Or then not…

Danish SC Nationals 2007 – Fri, Sat, Sun.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

Danmarks Mesterskaberne på Kortbane (DM/DJM)
25/10/2007 – 28/10/2007

Results for finals of Fri / Sat / Sun

We covered the first day of Danish SC Nationals here and here are the last three days of competition in one post.

These Nationals were one big record mashing event with whole bunch of marks coming down. On Friday in women´s 1500 free Lotte Friis broke her own one year old record time of 16:03.13 and went to whole new territory with her 15:53.22. Her splits were 1:00.83 – 2:05.48 – 4:14.20 – 8:29.10.

On Saturday Mads Glæsner broke another record, this time in 1500 free. Jacob Carstensen’s record time from year 1998 14:48.96 saw almost four seconds drop off as Mads clocked 14:45.16. His splits were 56.47 – 1:55.30 – 3:53.29 – 7:50.57. Jeanette Ottesen broke her own 50 fly national record time of 26.42 from earlier this year with 26.30.

Sunday saw two familiar names breaking national marks. Jeanette Ottesen started with new record in 100 free, when she broke Mette Jacobsen´s record time of 54.54 with her winning time of 54.33. Lotte Friis broke another record, this time in 800 free. She clocked 8:18.01, breaking her own record time of 8:22.38 from 2004 with quite a big margin. Her splits were 59.57 – 2:02.29 – 4:08.59.

After the jump top three finisher from three days…


The first round of competition.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

International Olympic Committee reports on it´s homepage that nine cities have filed Candidature Files, expressed their interest on being hosts, for 1st Summer Youth Olympic Games in 2010. Cities are:

  • Athens (Greece)
  • Bangkok (Thailand)
  • Debrecen (Hungary)
  • Guatemala City (Guatemala)
  • Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
  • Moscow (Russian Federation)
  • Poznan (Poland)
  • Singapore (Singapore)
  • Turin (Italy)

The shortlist of candidate cities will be announced on 19 November 2007 by IOC. Then there will be futher analysis, maybe some visits to candidate cities and IOC members will elect the host city in February 2008.

FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2007 – Singapore. Days 1 and 2.

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

27-28 October – Singapore (SIN)

Bit of a mild kind of sizzling in the pool but one world record saved the day at Singapore FINA / ARENA Swimming World Cup 2007.

Therese Alshammar once again flirted with world records, 25.69 against current record time of 25.33 in 50 fly and in 50 free 24.02 with current record being 23.59.

South African Roland Schoeman gathered bunch of golds with wins 100 free, 50 breast, 100IM and 50free. Randall Bal took the backstroke triple (23.94 – 50.91 – 1:52.88) and Russian Nikolay Skvortsov fly triple (23.48 – 51.47 – 1:53.26).

Swede Joline Höstman just missed breaststroke triple (1:07.41-2:25.42) when Olivia Halicek beat her in 50 breast with 31.27 against Joline´s 31.29. Joline´s 100 time was second fastest ever in Sweden.

But Natalie Coughlin saved this competition, when she broke her own world record time of 56.71 in women´s 100 back with 56.51. She swam the old record 2002 in New York stop of World Cup. She opened with 27.54 in her world record swim, bit slower than in 2002 (27.50), but second 50 with 28.97 sealed the record for her. The history of 100 backstroke world record in SCM, grabbed from

  • 58,50 Angel Martino (USA) 3.12.1993 Palma de Mallorca
  • 58,45 Mai Nakamura (Japonia) 4.03.2001 Kanagawa
  • 57,08 Natalie Coughlin (USA) 28.11.2001 Nowy Jork
  • 56,71 Natalie Coughlin (USA) 23.11.2002 Nowy Jork
  • 56,51 Natalie Coughlin (USA) 28.10.2007 Singapur

But there was another chance of world record for Natalie, this one was in 100 medley where she dipped under one minute mark clocking 59.12. Not that far from her own world record time of 58.80, also from year 2002 and from that same New York pool. The difference might have been that she opened in 2002 with 26.41, now with 26.55.

Records swam so far in the World Cup you can find here and the overall rankings here…

Next one in the World Cup-series is Sydney, Australia from 2nd to 3rd of November.

All the podium finishers after the jump…


Jason, Jason, where are you?

Tuesday, October 30th, 2007

There has been lots of talk in the internets about whereabout of Jason Lezak training-wise. His coach Dave Salo took the USC job last year and people have been wondering about where´s Jason gonna train now that is mentor is gone. Some rumours where about his move to Rose Bowl Aquatics with some sponsorship money, and there were some other sightings of Jason in Irvine Novaquatics-pool, his old home.

Now Jason himself sheds some light on the issue on his interview with Brendanhansenonline:

I’m training in Irvine most of the time, but I also train at Rose Bowl where my team is that sponsors me. Training is going really well and I’m looking forward to the upcoming year.

In the interview Jason also talks about that infamous Open De Paris DQ and his hobbies…