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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Rebecca Soni Clocks Another 1:04 For 100 Breast Title -- July 28, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 28. SHE might not have lowered her world record, but Rebecca Soni of the U.S. proved consistency still wins out with her second 1:04 in as many days to win the women's 100 breast title at the FINA World Championships.


Soni, who turned second at 31.00, cleared 1:05 again with a 1:04.93. She missed her global standard of 1:04.84 from yesterday, but the time still stands as the second-fastest ever.

"The 100 has been a rising event for me," Soni said. "I never thought of myself as a 100 swimmer. It's unbelievable for me to be sitting here as the 100 winner."

Joining her on the podium was compatriot Kasey Carlson. Carlson won bronze with a 1:05.75 to join the 1:05 club. She was obviously elated as the Universal Sports television crew pulled away from Soni to show Carlson's celebration at the end of the race.

"It's a great feeling," Carlson said of finishing on the podium. "I've been training hard."

"I wasn't surprised at all that Kasey made it," Soni said. "I knew she was there on the turn, and I'm really proud of her."

Russia's Yuliya Efimova split the difference with a 1:05.41 for silver, which broke her top mark of 1:05.80 set in April.

Australia's Sarah Katsoulis (1:05.86), Canada's Annamay Pierse (1:06.37), Denmark's Rikke Moller-Pedersen (1:06.38), Austria's Mirna Jukic (1:06.75) and Germany's Sarah Poewe (1:07.01) were also part of the finale.


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July 28, 2009 Watching the universal sports live feed, I see that Soni wore the Arena and Carlson wore the Jaked not sure what the Russian wore. Considering how much these suits aid performance, it's probable that these athletes will never swim a best time again in the events they competed wearing a suit that will be banned in the future? Anyone have any thoughts?
Submitted by: chapter13
July 28, 2009 My only thought is that I think you are right chapter13.
Submitted by: Cobber
July 28, 2009 Oh my! That 200 Breast World Record is going to be SHATTERED in a couple of days! She "doesn't think of herself as a 100 swimmer", but she went a 1:04? What's her 200 Breast gonna be? A 2:18?
Submitted by: Hodori88
July 28, 2009 the russian wore arena because the russian are sponsered by arena
Submitted by: maly
July 28, 2009 Just looked up Carlson's time on usa website. Her best 100 breast last year was 1:08.5 so she had a 3 second drop in one year! She would have won Olympic Trials last summer with her time from today. Soni's drop was only around 1.5 seconds from last year which makes a bit more sense. Reading all the comments and seeing/hearing all the anger and frustration regarding this fiasco and how this is affecting our sport, it's beyond embarrassing and sad. Team USA should ditch the tech suits and everyone race in Speedo Endurance suits for the rest of the week and send a message to the world. Boycott the meet without actually packing up and leaving. The whole thing is a sham anyway!
Submitted by: chapter13
July 28, 2009 Kasey being 16 years old last year, it is expected that she would improve with age. She is tall and very strong. Good swim Kasey
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