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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Zhao Jing Reclaims 50 Back World Record For The Win -- July 30, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 30. CHINA's Zhao Jing smashed the world record in the women's 50 back to reclaim the standard at the FINA World Championships.


Zhao clocked a stunning time of 27.06, which crushed Anastasia Zueva's world record of 27.38. The performance put the record back in Zhao's grasp, which she previously set with a 27.67 to tie Sophie Edington earlier this year.

The top four swimmers all beat Zueva's world record heading into the race as Germany's Daniela Samulski took second in 27.23. China's Gao Chang gave her country a 1-3 finish on the podium with a 27.28, while Zueva faded to fourth in 27.31.

Belarus' Aleksandra Gerasimenya (27.62), Edington (27.73), Australia's Emily Seebohm (27.83) and Brazil's Fabiola Molina (27.88) also vied for the world title.


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July 30, 2009 Can you guys not put a red "Flash!" next to every world record unless it's done in a non cheat suit?
Submitted by: mmart24
July 30, 2009 that's already been covered on another thread, mmart...the editor said it's only to indicate a world record, not excitement.

By the way, I read on Swimnews that Gao Chang didn't show for her medal ceremony, and another swimmer did instead; what's up with that? Did the Chinese team offer any explanation for that? I suppose it's possible there is some unknown cultural norm that would make this acceptable to them, but it's also the kind of odd behavior that led people to be suspicious of them in the past. Here is the excerpt from Swimnews:

"Zhao Jing and Gao Chang had also worn Jaked01 suits to claim gold and bronze respectively in the 50m backstroke, either side of Daniela Samulski, of Germany.

Controversy then surrounded the medal ceremonies of the two events. Gao did not go to get her bronze. Instead, relay swimmer Qianwei Zhu appeared on the podium. Gao then joined the fun for the deckside walk of triumph, before Qianwei Zhu stepped up to receive a second medal [for the relay]."

Anybody know anything about this?
Submitted by: liquidassets
August 1, 2009 As soon as I saw that the Chinese team won this relay on Universal Sports, I knew that this discussion would be happening here. I remember the same issue being brought up when they medaled at the Olympics last year. I am glad that more people are able to objectively look at this meet before jumping to conclusions or making generalized statement. I am well aware of the history of the sports and what happened in the 1990's. I do think that the current crops of Chinese swimmers in international meets appear to be performing and improving in-line with the rest of the world. As someone pointed out above, the winning 800 relay team is almost the same as the silver-medal team at the Olympics last year. They have also medaled in the 800 free relay in the last few World Champs and two Olympics. Their performances are, therefore, fairly consistent. They no longer have these swimmers that just pop out of nowhere and put up unbelievable times (actually, one can argue that other countries or even the US have more surprise "breakout" swimmers than China).

Also, I don't know if anyone notices but both Chinese girls in the 200 fly were wearing LZR during the final. Coincidentally, the two are also a small number of swimmers that didn't really drop times from last year. In fact, Liu actually lost the event to Schipper. Zhang Lin would be another example as he didn't place as well in the 400 wearing a LZR, but won the 800 when he switched to one of the newer tech suits. I think these performances suggest that the Chinese's time improvement during this meet (which is actually smaller than most other countries) is most likely due to the suit.
Submitted by: buw
August 1, 2009 As soon as I saw that the Chinese team won this relay on Universal Sports, I knew that this discussion would be happening here. I remember the same issue being brought up when they medaled at the Olympics last year. I am glad that more people are able to objectively look at this meet before jumping to conclusions or making generalized statement. I am well aware of the history of the sports and what happened in the 1990's. I do think that the current crops of Chinese swimmers in international meets appear to be performing and improving in-line with the rest of the world. As someone pointed out above, the winning 800 relay team is almost the same as the silver-medal team at the Olympics last year. They have also medaled in the 800 free relay in the last few World Champs and two Olympics. Their performances are, therefore, fairly consistent. They no longer have these swimmers that just pop out of nowhere and put up unbelievable times (actually, one can argue that other countries or even the US have more surprise "breakout" swimmers than China).

Also, I don't know if anyone notices but both Chinese girls in the 200 fly were wearing LZR during the final. Coincidentally, the two are also a small number of swimmers that didn't really drop times from last year. In fact, Liu actually lost the event to Schipper. Zhang Lin would be another example as he didn't place as well in the 400 wearing a LZR, but won the 800 when he switched to one of the newer tech suits. I think these performances suggest that the Chinese's time improvement during this meet (which is actually smaller than most other countries) is most likely due to the suit.
Submitted by: buw
August 1, 2009 It was mentioned in a Chinese sports website that Gao Chang was still undergoing drug testing when the 50 back medal ceremony was carried out. The Chinese delegation had requested waiting for Gao for a few minutes but was refused. Zhu Quanwei, who at that time was standing nearby (ready for the medal ceremony for the 4x200 free relay), was asked to get the medal on behalf of Gao. When the three "medallists" had to parade around the pool holding their medals, Gao had finished the drug test and so she showed up and took her medal back and joined Zhao Jing and D. Samuelski to walk around the pool.

Not sure why this was not explained more clearly in the English media though.
Submitted by: chris
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