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Mediterranean Games: Flash! Federica Pellegrini Edges World Record in 400 Free; Ous Mellouli Doubles With African Record -- June 27, 2009

PESCARA, Italy, June 27. ITALY's Federica Pellegrini edged Joanne Jackson's world record in the women's 400 free at the Mediterranean Games, which started today in Italy.

Pellegrini clocked a time of 4:00.41 in the event to wipe out Jackson's 4:00.66 set in March. The triumph returned the global mark to Pellegrini, that she previously held with a 4:01.53 prior to Jackson's time.

Here are the comparative splits:

Jackson: 28.25, 58.49 (30.24), 1:29.33 (30.84), 2:00.35 (31.02), 2:30.54 (30.19), 3:00.93 (30.39), 3:31.17 (30.24), 4:00.66 (29.49)
Pellegrini: 28.47, 58.50 (30.03), 1:28.78 (30.28), 1:59.24 (30.46), 2:29.44 (30.20), 3:00.16 (30.72), 3:30.82 (30.66), 4:00.41 (29.59)

The world record performance gives Pellegrini her second current global standard as she owns the 200 free with a 1:54.47.

France's Coralie Balmy took second in 4:05.37, while Spain's Erika Villaecija Garcia placed third in 4:08.85.

Meanwhile, Italy's Elena Gemo topped the women's 50 back in 28.60, while Spain's Aschwin Wildeboer Faber broke his national record with a 24.73 in the men's 50 back. That performance cleared his 24.84 from April 2009. France's Camille Lacourt (25.03) and Jeremy Stravius (25.04) completed the top three.

Italy's Roberta Panara claimed the women's 100 breast in 1:08.47, while Greece's Angeliki Exarchou finished second in 1:08.99. Italy's Giulia Fabbri placed third in 1:09.14. Spain's Melquiades Alvarez broke his national record in the men's 100 breast with a 1:00.45. That swim cleared his 1:00.59 set in April 2009. Serbia's Caba Siladji finished second in 1:00.68 to beat his national record of 1:01.07, while Italy's Luca Pizzini placed third in 1:01.26.

France's Camille Muffat won the women's 200 IM in 2:10.36, while Spain's Miriea Belmonte Garcia touched second in 2:13.07. Slovenia's Anja Klinar took third in 2:14.24. Tunisia's Ous Mellouli turned in a 1:58.38 for the men's 200 IM title, while Greece's Romanos-Iasonas Alyfantis finished second in 1:59.89. Italy's Alessio Boggiatto snared third in 2:01.13.

Mellouli doubled up in a big way in the men's 400 free with an African record time of 3:42.71. That performance wiped out his 3:43.45 set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Italy's Samuel Pizzetti took second in 3:48.37, while Mellouli's compatriot Ahmed Mathlouthi finished third in 3:49.65.


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June 27, 2009 Mellouli's 400 REALLY impresses me. He is now ranked no. 5 all-time behind Thorpe, Park, Zhang, and Hackett, ahead of his former Trojan teammate Larsen Jensen. He will certainly be one to recon with in Rome in the 400, 800, and 1,500. Could he become only the second man under 14:40 here? Currently he's tied for second all-time with Ryan Cochrane.

I really wonder what other events he'll do in Rome. He's obviously got the 400, 800, 1,500, and then possibly the 200 Free and 200 IM. 400 IM's on the same day as 1,500, so that's out. He could be a huge factor in both of the 200s, but both conflict with the 800 in one way or another.

BTW, I assume he was wearing the LZR, but if I'm wrong, please correct me.

In her WR, Pellegrini was wearing the Jaked, but the logo was blocked, as she signed with Mizuno.
Submitted by: SwimDER94
June 27, 2009 he was wearing the jaked
Submitted by: maly
June 27, 2009 The fact that Ous was wearing the Jaked overshadows big time how fast these swims are.
Submitted by: SwimDER94
June 27, 2009 Can U.S. swimmers wear the Jaked at Worlds or do they have to wear the LZR, which in comparison, now seems outdated??
Submitted by: liquidassets
June 27, 2009 Lol...how many suits was Pelegrini hiding under the Jaked?
I think it's a sad commentary of our sport right now that rather than being excited about a new world record and near sub 4:00 minute swim, my first thought was that I wondered what new way this swimmer has found to bend the rules. She certainly hasn't had a problem doing it in the past (3 suits in Beijing). I think that there are several elite women mid-distance freestylers out there right now, who, if FINA loses the rubber suits are going to become quite middle of the pack in a hurry (compared to where they are now).
Speedo has to be worried. It's pretty obvious that if you are not wearing Jaked or X-Glide in Rome, there is a good chance you won't be on the podium (unless your initials are "MP"). Seems like everyone and their uncle are dropping suits to pick up this Jaked01 or are trying to get their hands on it.
Anyone know much about this new Adidas suit that Steffen was wearing for the 100 Free WR?
Haven't heard much about it. A Jaked type suit??

Submitted by: rcoach
June 27, 2009 the hydrofoil from addias is the same type as the x-glide
Submitted by: maly
June 27, 2009 the addidas suit is the same as the arena x-glide
Submitted by: maly
June 27, 2009 rcoach, don't make fun of a girl (pellegrini) who won a silver olympic medal when she was 15 y.o (200 freestyle, athens 2004).

world records:
2007 (world championships): 200free, textile swimsuit
2008 (european c.): 400free, textile swimsuit, arena r-evolution
2008 (olimpycs games): 200free hi-tech swimsuit
2009 (mediterranean games): 400free hi-tech swimsuit

she is a GREAT swimmer, no matter what.

Submitted by: diesis
June 27, 2009 I think it's true that Pellegrini is a great swimmer; the problem with these suits is that it obscures HOW great? Both in comparison with other swimmers, and their own previous swims in different suits??
Submitted by: liquidassets
June 27, 2009 european championships (march 2008): 4'01"53 WR (she wore a TEXTILE swimsuit, arena r-evolution.. italians weren't allowed to wear hi-tech swimsuit until beijing)
Submitted by: diesis
June 28, 2009 I like Coach Reese's comment on the Busch Show when asked about the swimsuits, "Lets race"!
Submitted by: speedboat1990
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