PHOENIX, Arizona, April 27. TWO world textile bests were set yesterday at the Maria Lenk Trophy meet in Rio de Janeiro in windy conditions that many are saying helped Cesar Cielo and Jeanette Ottesen set those new standards in the 50 butterfly.
Cielo swam a 22.76, taking down Roland Schoeman's 22.96 as the fastest swim in a textile suit. Schoeman's time came at the 2005 world championships, where he won the gold medal. Ottesen, known mostly as a sprint freestyler, swam a 25.29 in her race, beating out the 25.37 Therese Alshammar put up just last summer. It's not known how hard the wind was blowing in the outdoor facility in Rio, but these conditions have been common every year at this meet, where thunderstorms have interfered with competition.
Yesterday also featured two sub-1:00 swims in the 100 breast by Felipe Silva. In prelims he went 59.63, then won the final in 59.83. Those swims marked his first time under 1:00 in textile. Felipe Lima got on the Olympic squad with a 1:00.11 in prelims, though he could not match that in finals, placing fourth with a 1:00.62.
In today's prelims, Cielo did just what was needed to get into the final of the 100 free with a 49.27, good enough for fifth seed in the final. With Cielo already qualified in this event for London, swimmers in tonight's final will be looking to go under the 48.82 needed to get that second spot in the 100 for Brazil, and set up a good field for the 400 free relay.
Ashley Twichell and Haley Anderson placed first and second this morning at the USA Swimming 10K national championship, getting themselves a spot in the Olympic qualifying race in Portugal in early June. Though both swimmers will be in that race, only one can qualify for a spot in the Olympic 10K, according to FINA qualification rules. With the Americans unable to qualify another swimmer in the men's Olympic 10K, today's swim was just for pride, and Andrew Gemmell got to the finish first with a strong push in the final 1000 meters. Mission Viejo's Janardan Burns got in for second place.
Our correspondent Steve Munatones is in Florida, and he brought us a great recap of both races on swimmingworld.com.
Fifteen swimmers are suing Samsung over misuse of their names and images in a Facebook app that makes connections between users and Olympians. Among those named in the lawsuit are Mark Spitz, Janet Evans, Jessica Hardy, Amanda Beard, Dara Torres and Eric Shanteau. According to The Associated Press, Samsung sent a letter to the athletes informing them that their images and names would be used, and they needed to reply giving Samsung permission. licensing fees and a percentage of gross sales from Samsung products since the app launched.