PHOENIX, Arixona, September 11. THE Chinese National Games came to a close earlier with three Chinese swimmers breaking 15 minutes in the men's 1500 freestyle. Naturally, those three were led by Sun Yang, who coasted to the win with a 14:53.17. Obviously, Sun Yang could be a lot faster, and as evidenced by his 1:44.4 in the 200 free earlier in the meet, he was in prime form. But he did what was needed to post the win, posting 29-high and 30-low for 1250 meters before blasting out a 27.2 in the final 50. Joining him under 15 minutes was Yang Zhixian and Wang Kechan, who both posted 14:58s to get second and third. Go to our world channel at swimmingworld.com to learn more about the final day of competition, which also featured what is likely the last swim for Wu Peng, who had been China's best 200 flyer for about a decade.
Nine days after completing her epic swim from Cuba to Florida, Diana Nyad held a phone press conference to answer questions that many doubters have had regarding her completing the Cuba-to-Florida swim in a way that doesn't go against the standard open water swimming rules. Specifically, those who criticized the swim said Nyad seemed to go faster for about seven hours that her typical pace, which many believed was caused by her holding onto the boat and being pulled along for a brief period. In the roundtable meeting yesterday, Nyad adamantly denied any contact with the boat or anyone on her team.
The United States Aquatic Sports Convention is in full swing in Garden Grove, California, this week, as delegates from the four aquatic sports gather to talk about new rules and initiatives for the coming 12 months. Some rule changes up for a vote are cosmetic; others have a much bigger impact. We'll let you know how the meetings turn out on swimmingworld.com.