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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Paul Biedermann Leads 200 Free Semis With Meet Record -- July 27, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 27. GERMANY's Paul Biedermann, who shot down the revered world record of Ian Thorpe in the men's 400 free on the first night, will look to be a giant killer in the men's 200 free finals tomorrow at the FINA World Championships.


Biedermann clocked a meet-record time of 1:43.65, to clear Michael Phelps' standard of 1:43.86 set in 2007. Biedermann's time stands as the third-fastest of all time behind only the 1:42.96 world record of Phelps and a 1:43.31 from Phelps also at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Russia's Danila Izotov qualified second in 1:45.09, while Phelps eased through to finals from the first semifinal with a 1:45.23.

"I felt a lot better. This morning's swim was pretty controlled. I didn't get to use my legs, and that's something I'm looking forward to using tomorrow. Last night, I honestly thought [Thorpe's] record would never get touched. It's one of the best records in the books. I've never raced [Biedermann] before, so I'm looking forward to tomorrow."

Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (1:45.31), Japan's Sho Uchida (1:45.45), The Netherlands' Sebastiaan Verschuren (1:45.69), Australia's Kenrick Monk (1:45.77) and South Africa's Jean Basson (1:45.82) took the other finals spots.


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July 27, 2009 Kinda sad what's going on with the suit thing.. FINA messed up completely! Kukors wouldn't be near that time in a million years without Jaked...
Submitted by: NeyaChanel
July 27, 2009 This is no sense, swimmers should have boycotted this circus. I think Phelps have no chance against Paul Biedermann and his Adidas, he will swim 1:42 low or even 1:41.
Submitted by: max argie
July 27, 2009 This is no sense, swimmers should have boycotted this circus. I think Phelps have no chance against Paul Biedermann and his Adidas, he will swim 1:42 low or even 1:41.
Submitted by: max argie
July 27, 2009 Biedermann actually worn arena.
Submitted by: NeyaChanel
July 27, 2009 I think that Michael will not only lose his crown, but his world record in tomorrow night's final. These suits are a joke. An Australian commentator said that all world records set in one of these suits should have an asterisk next to it. I agree. Biedermann is only a year younger than Phelps. What has he been doing all this time? That's right. He's been floundering around behind swimmers like Phelps. Without that suit he would never hav gotten Thorpe's record. I say again, these suits are a joke.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 27, 2009 did you see Sho Uchida almost swam a negative split?? 52.72, 52.73. I think thats quite amazing.
Submitted by: valkrum
July 27, 2009 what a joke. the 400 of this poser was utterly disrespectful to thorpe. why don't you wear a pair of fins tomorrow too and just destroy phelps' record in the 200.
Submitted by: butterfrog
July 27, 2009 Yes, the whole situation is ridiculous, and FINA should never had allowed this to happen. Once again they have damaged their own sport. I will keep my coverage of this championships, as I have for many years, but I doubt I will ever watch them again. And as I said on another post, just what is it with Rome and controversy? Who could forget 1994 and the Chinese women. Tip for FINA.......no more World Championships in Rome :)
Submitted by: Cobber
July 27, 2009 They had a similar situation in cycling back in the 90's with some bikes that held the body in a ridiculous but artificially more aerodynamic position with less effort. The bikes were banned after a year or two when too many records were broken. My friend who is a cyclist said that for all events which had records set with these bikes, they have two sets of records, a "world best" with asterisk next to the times with the banned bikes, and then the regular world records. I think they should do the same for swimming after 1/1/10
Submitted by: liquidassets
July 27, 2009 I agree completely liquidassets. It sounds like a good idea.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 28, 2009 Biedermann went 1.44.06 with a textile arena swimsuit!
But the USA doesn't really follow European swimming so you couldn't know that.. He's the one that is again shiny suits..but not wearing them you're in a disadvantage so that doesn't leave you much of a choice..
But I have no doubt he'll be a big therat next year when the suits are gone!
He's techinque is amazing, he's only 22 and trains hard..
I'm interested to se how near he'll get to his WR next year!
Submitted by: NeyaChanel
July 28, 2009 NeyaChanel: Where/when did Biederman go 1:44.06? His seed time before prelims was a 1:44.71, from the German Championships in June. If you're on these blogs alot on this site, you'll know they do cover European swimming. It's true that the athletes face a difficult choice; but because Biederman and Phelps chose differently, the 200 final is being viewed more as a battle between their suits rather than a pure battle between the swimmers, which is unfortunate.
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