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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Federica Pellegrini Clears 4:00 in 400 Free Victory -- July 26, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 26. THE reigning world record holder Federica Pellegrini blasted the 4:00 barrier in the women's 400 free in front of a roaring home crowd at the FINA World Championships.


Pellegrini produced a stellar final 100 meters en route to capturing the record and the world record with an astounding 3:59.15. The swim bettered her previous mark of 4:00.41 set in Pescara, Italy earlier this year.

Great Britain went 2-3 to complete the podium. Joanne Jackson placed second in 4:00.60 to break her previous best of 4:00.66, which stood as a world record before Pellegrini broke it. Rebecca Adlington also went 4:00 with a third-place time of 4:00.79.

Allison Schmitt missed the American record in the event with a fourth-place 4:02.51. Katie Hoff's 4:02.20 from 2008 survived the attempt.

France's Coralie Balmy (4:03.29), Romania's Camelia Potec (4:03.41), France's Ophelie-Cyrielle Etienne (4:04.54) and Denmark's Lotte Friis (4:07.62) completed the race.


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July 26, 2009 So what is so astounding by a performance enhanced sub 4:00.00???
Not much in my opinion.
Without performance enhancement breaking the 4min "barrier" would really have meant something...now the performance has been diminished by the assistance gained by a suit.
A great swimmer's performance has been tarnished by a shiny suit.
All very sad.
Submitted by: scotswim
July 26, 2009 that's fast
Submitted by: XXXXXXXJOSH
July 26, 2009 Hey scotswim, you know what really tarnishes a great swimmers performance? People like you who say that it was only the suit, not the swimmer. I don't care what she was wearing that was an amazing swim, and she deserves all the credit for the hard work that she most definitely put in.
Submitted by: Hokie
July 26, 2009 That swim by Federica clearly shows that it was her hard work and perseverence, not the suit that produced that amazing WR breaking performance.
Let's not forget, she wore the exact same suit in Beijing last year, and she is now quite a bit faster.
Submitted by: fish1
July 26, 2009 There's no question Pellegrini put in a lot of hard work, and deserves credit, but what Scotswim was saying was that a 3:59.1 in a Jaked equates to what, a 4:01+ in a LAZR and a 4:03+ in an old-fashioned suit? For my money Adlington going a 4:00.79 in a LAZR, which is most definitely last year's model at this point, is at least the equivalent of Pellegrini's Jaked swim. Adlington decided, foolishly or not, take your choice, to stay loyal to her sponsor Speedo and paid the price. Next year the playing field will be a lot more level.
Submitted by: halfbreed
July 26, 2009 Halfbreed, I'm just wondering how you figured that a 3:59.1 in a Jaked equates to a 4:01 in a LZR. Did you derive some type of formula which calculates how the mixture of body type, suit material, and pool dynamics helps the swimmer move more hydro dynamically through the water resulting in faster times? Or did you just guess?
Submitted by: Hokie
July 26, 2009 Fish1: Did Pellegrini really wear the same suit at the Olympics?? Don't think so!! Jaked were not even in the pool at that point if I'm not mistaken.
She also wore two suits at the Olympics, that's not allowed now.

Also saying it "clearly shows that it was her hard work and perseverence, not the suit" well many of us have doubts about that. In Hokie's words "I'm just wondering how you figured that out".
I think we should remove the doubt from the pool and progress to a situation were the performance is not enhanced and then there will be NO DOUBT at all.
Submitted by: scotswim
July 26, 2009 I'm not paying attention to the times much at this meet since they're going back to textile suits in Jan anyway, and these records will have asterisks, if not in fact, then in most peoples' minds. Great swims by the top 3; we'll never know who'd have won if they all wore Jakeds or all Speedos, etc. I thought it was pretty cool that Adlington stuck to her guns knowing she'd probably lose.

By the way, will the Speedo LZR be among the banned suits in Jan? Or just the rubber suits?
Submitted by: liquidassets
July 26, 2009 Scotswim, you are mistaken on many points. She did indeed wear a Jaked in Beijing, and the second suit she wore in Beijing happened to be a training bikini top. That bikini top was there for modesty purposes since the Jakeds had/have a design with a narrow chest profile, and parts of the female anatomy tended to squirm out at the most inopportune times. Perhaps you ought to do your homework before you dismiss the talent of swimmers such as Pellegrini and others. The bottom line is all these suits are legal right now, everyone at the top does have access to them, so let's just enjoy the great swimming at the World Championships and stop analyzing and hypothesising everything to death.
Come January 2010, the same people winning now will still likely be winning or near the top, albeit with somewhat slower times.
Submitted by: fish1
July 27, 2009 Fish 1.
Lets hope you are right about 2010.
However, not sure you are quite right about the other points.
I asked the question about Jaked and you answered. Thank you.
The supposed reasons for wearing two suits you state does not mean that she didn't wear 2 which was my point.
Submitted by: scotswim
July 27, 2009 Hokie: it was just an approximation, nothing scientific.
Submitted by: halfbreed
July 28, 2009 fish1:

"Jakeds had/have a design with a narrow chest profile, and parts of the female anatomy tended to squirm out at the most inopportune times."

So much for progress!!!

They split as well don't they?
Submitted by: scotswim
July 28, 2009 Yeah alot of those non-textile suits split; Ricky Berens gave the crowd a great shot of his butt during the 400 free relay prelims the other day.
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