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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Ous Mellouli Leads 800 Free Qualifying -- July 28, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 28. PRELIMS of the men's 800 free set up a potentially epic finale tomorrow night at the FINA World Championships.


Tunisia's Ous Mellouli qualified first in 7:41.82, just a few seconds off Grant Hackett's world record of 7:38.65. His performance crushed his African record of 7:51.03.

Canada's Ryan Cochrane qualified second with a 7:43.61, which cut nearly four seconds from his national record of 7:47.11 from the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Italy's Federico Colbertaldo finished third in 7:44.29. That readout smashed the Italian record of 7:48.13 previously held by Samuel Pizzetti.

Great Britain's David Davies checked in with a fourth-place 7:45.89 to best his national mark of 7:50.49 set in June. Russia's Yuriy Prilukov claimed the fifth seed with a 7:46.05, clearing his national record of 7:46.64 set in 2005.

China's Zhang Lin (7:48.75), Spain's Marco Rivera (7:49.09) and the United States' Peter Vanderkaay (7:49.71) completed the rest of the championship field. Rivera wiped out his national standard of 7:52.55 set in April.


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July 28, 2009 What really irks me is those degenerate old FINA and Organising committee members strutting around the pool deck beaming from ear to ear for a "job well done". Either that or they're dreaming of spending those huge bonuses they've received under the table from the swimsuit manufacturers for allowing the highly profitable supersuits into the pool. (thinking aloud)
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