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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Swimming: Australian Olympic swimmers break world records

Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan broke the 50-meter freestyle world record again, and his Olympic teammate Libby Trickett did the same over 100 meters Thursday. That happened at the Australian swimming championships.

in fact, it was the third time in the past six weeks the men's 50 record has been lowered, after Alexander Popov's mark stood for nearly eight years.

It's good to know that Sullivan, competing in the 50 semifinals, finished in 21.41 seconds to break the mark of 21.50 established by France's Alain Bernard at the European championships last weekend. Bernard had broken Sullivan's first mark of 21.56 set Feb. 17 in Sydney. Let's mention that Popov's previous record was 21.64.

"I think that it's sort of sweet to get this back after missing it last night," he assured. "I felt great in the warmup tonight and great in the swim."

As for Trickett, who is a formerly Libby Lenton, he was competing for the first time under her married name, finished in 52.88 to better the mark of 53.30 set by Germany's Britta Steffen in 2006.

Actually, this is the second time Trickett had broken the 53-second barrier, but her previous time of 52.99 in Sydney last year was not ratified by swimming's governing group because she was swimming against Michael Phelps.

"I cannot say how much I wanted to do that," Trickett told the press. "Ever since Duel in the Pool last year ... I've just wanted it so badly and to see it officially up there is just great."

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Olympic Games: British athletes will be tested for drugs before the Olympics

One of the rules for the Beijing Olympics now covers the athletes of the United Kigdom. Everyone of them will be drug tested at least once in the run-up to this summer's games.

According to official sources, the country's most comprehensive pre-Olympic testing program will belaunched with more than 1,500 tests set to be administered on the athletes competing at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

In fact, this program started on Jan. 1 and will last until the opening of the Olympic village in Beijing on July 27, 12 days before the opening act.

It's importan to notice that from July 27, the World Anti-Doping Agency will supervise tests on all athletes in conjunction with the Chinese organizing committee. About 4,500 doping tests will be carried out during the Aug. 8-24 event in line with the International Olympic Committee's zero-tolerance policy.

"Tests will be planned using our intelligence based testing approach which focuses the allocation of tests around where they have a great impact in terms of detection and deterrence," John Scott expressed, director of drug-free sport for Britain's national anti-doping organization.

In fact, Scott wants sprinter Dwain Chambers, who went trough a two-year ban for using the steroid THG, to help UK Sport coordinate and target its testing by giving full details of his former doping practices.

As we know, Chambers won a silver medal in the 60 meters at the recent World Indoor Championships in Valencia, Spain, but is ineligible for the Beijing Games because of Britain's lifetime Olympic ban on doping offenders.

"ACtually, we don't know who else was also in the know, whether there are people still in the system he worked with who have not been removed from that system," Scott stated. "We don't know enough about the precise regime he took. However, we can offer Dwain a chance to help improve the system and stop people making the mistake he made, which if he is truly contrite then surely that is something he would want to do."

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