FatDrew...are these results legitimate? I mean, did Lennart really push to his max wearing the Jaked and cruised wearing the LZR? I knew the suits made a difference but 2.5 seconds? WOW!
April 21, 2009
The time trial may have been finally a great salvo back at this whole suit proliferation (reports are that he DID try hard in finals).
For a long time we have KNOWN that these suits are performance enhancing. Now we have had a swimmer brave enough to come forward and rather than towing the party line of the swim suit companies and many elite athletes and coaches who refuse to pull their heads out of the sand and be HONEST with themselves about what is causing them to go faster.
We have crossed over into a fantasy land (88 Junior National records at Italian Nats? That's not a fantasy land???) that far too many elite level athletes are quite comfortable in fooling themselves that they have done something "revolutionary" in their training that has made swimming jump so far ahead in 24 months.
Bravo Mr. Stekelenberg! Finally the young boy on the street has arrived to exclaim "THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!!"
Now take the LZR (or similar tech suit) and pre 2007 results. Take the same amount of time off an any elite athlete's swims (in proportion to race distance) that there showed between the 100 Breast time trial and the final of Mr. Stekelenberg. It is especially useful to use a professional that is in their mid-20' as a minimum (male or female) so as to do our best to eliminate the age/growth factor as a variable.
As many of us have discussed that these numbers might just hold up.
Wow...hey....they start looking just about right back to pre-2007 (some are actually slower...some a little faster, but not much).
Now, I don't want to suggest that there may not be good old fashioned doping going on too. I think we still have some issues there as people are inferring.
But the evidence is starting to pile up.
Look at some of these swims. Most coaches would be thrilled to see age groupers make drops in events like this. It's a LOT harder to make the shifts necessary to have drops like this in elite athletes just based on the sole fact that they are much closer to their "top out" level.
2008 2007 2006
Pellegrini(200fr) 1:54.82* 1:56.47 1:57.93
Bernard (50Fr) :21.49 :21.76 :22.32
Rice(400IM) 4:29.45 4:37.45 4:41.73
Breeden(200fly) 2:06.75 2:09.68 2:11.55
Cavic(100Fly) :50.59 :51.70 no rank
Adlington(800) 8:14.10 8:25.73 8:27.88
*We already know that Pelegini was multiple suited for this race in Beijing which skews things more.
Just a sampling courtesy of the FINA world rankings.
The 2006 results are still world class, but compared to history, they are pretty average swims compared to the VanAllsicks, the Popovs, the Klockovas, the Mary T's, the Crockers and the Evans of history that comes before them.
We are destroying our history and wiping out our future (what this is doing to age group swimming is the next travesty in all this).
Submitted by: rcoach
April 21, 2009
could not agree more get back to swimming!
Submitted by: onehandtoucher
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