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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Cesar Cielo Finishes 50 Free Prelims on Top, With Meet Record -- July 31, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 31. ROLAND Schoeman's meet record featured a pair of progressions in the men's 50 free prelims as Brazil's Cesar Cielo completed this morning with the top seed at the FINA World Championships.


Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell shot down Schoeman's 21.69 from 2005 with a 21.64 in heat 21 of 23. He finished with the fourth seed overall. Cielo followed in heat 22 with the top qualifying time of 21.37 – not far off his top time of 21.14. Cielo's 21.37 is the seventh-fastest of all time.

Sweden's Stefan Nystrand clocked a second-seeded 21.56 to lower his national mark of 21.71 set at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, while world record holder Fred Bousquet of France touched third in 21.63. Bousquet owns with global mark with a 20.94 to his credit from April.

Nathan Adrian of the U.S. qualified fifth in 21.68, while France's Amaury Leveaux (21.70), Hungary's Krisztian Takacs (21.71) and Croatia's Duje Draganja (21.72) completed the top eight. Takacs lowered his national record of 21.84 set last summer, while Draganja beat his national mark of 21.79 set earlier this month.

Schoeman (21.82), Cullen Jones of the U.S. (21.88), Australia's Matthew Abood (21.90), Poland's Konrad Czerniak (21.93), Brazil's Nicholas Santos (21.95), Kenya's David Dunford (21.96), Canada's Brent Hayden (22.03) and South Africa's Graeme Moore (22.04) also made the semifinal rounds.


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July 31, 2009 good luck to amaury after loosing his dad monday
Submitted by: maly
July 31, 2009 Maly -- Did he know that this was about to happen, and was that why he didn't swim on the relay on Sunday? I guess that would explain why their performance in that 4 x 100.
Submitted by: halfbreed
July 31, 2009 amaury has a very complicated story with his dad, his dad left when he was four and his mum worked 2 or 3 jobs to survive. he said that swimming saved him from bad things , he started swimming at 14 when a life guard at his local pool saw him fool around and bet him that he could make the swim team . one of the french young national team saw him and send him to train with lionel horter who took him under his roof with his own family , amaury consider his coach like his father .
you know that the team had to get fina to tag the suit . two of amaury jaked suit were return by fina with small holes in them so amaury couldn't swim in them so amaury had to find a last minute situation.
i heard he also had a suit malfuntion today before the semi final and still managed to swim his pb.
he said that the team has helped him a lot especialy his room mate hugues dubosq a very nice guy .
Submitted by: maly
July 31, 2009 Thank you Maly. Were the holes in the suits the reason he didn't swim in the 400 free relay? Without him, the other Frenchmen didn't really seem to have their heads in the game.
Submitted by: halfbreed
July 31, 2009 he didn't swim in final relay because he didn't swim the 2nd best time in the prelim , the rules were clear , the french federation were not happy about the holes and file a complain against fina . the french technical staff took time to stick tags with the swimmers name on each suit and a photo in case something happen to the suits before sending them in rome so that fina could tag them . i guess they were rigth to be paranoid about fina.
Submitted by: maly
July 31, 2009 he didn't swim in final relay because he didn't swim the 2nd best time in the prelim , the rules were clear , the french federation were not happy about the holes and file a complain against fina . the french technical staff took time to stick tags with the swimmers name on each suit and a photo in case something happen to the suits before sending them in rome so that fina could tag them . i guess they were rigth to be paranoid about fina.
Submitted by: maly
July 31, 2009 Thank you Maly. I had wondered about that.
Submitted by: halfbreed
August 2, 2009 Brazil and Australia coming as favorites for battler Silver and Bronze... Cielo and Rickard are going to be huge help for each team ( Brazil swam with Nicolas Oliveira )
Submitted by: menaceb
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