I see that the Fina World Championships (swimming for those who don’t know) are on at the moment and that those who should be tops are not and they are not happy.
Seemingly there is a new swimming suit on the block. It is a 100% polyurethane swimsuit which means that it offers a lot more buoyancy than a normal suit and because of that, more of the swimmers energy is used for propulsion rather than staying afloat.
The winner of yesterdays 200m Freestyle Final, Paul Biedermann, wore the suit in the final. He bet Michael Phelps (first major loss in 4 years) after leading from the second turn and finished in one minute 42.00 seconds beating Phelps' World Record by 0.96. Oh, he also won the 400m earlier in the week!
Now many out there are upset about this suit, they claim it is unfair and Fina seem to agree. The suit will be banned from 2010. Phelps looked disgusted with his performances. He had this to say about Biedermann and also seems to be hinting that the suit helped… “He's come down a lot in the last year and I think it's going to be fun next year when swimming's back to swimming” though he claims fatigue actually cost him the race.
Sounds like sour grapes to me. Had his swimming suit sponsor developed the suit, chances are that Phelps would have worn it for the championships. Unfortunately they didn’t so he couldn’t.
As for the fatigue…. Any chance that the fatigue could be brought on by stupid behaviour like this? http://tinyurl.com/cdkcnk