Australia's Eamon Sullivan, who has been dispossessed of his two world records in 50m and 100m freestyle by France's Fred Bousquet and Alain Bernard, asked the swimming ruling body to crack down on the latest hi-tech swimsuits.
AFP - Australian Eamon Sullivan has urged FINA to crack down on the latest hi-tech swimsuits after losing both his two world records to French swimmers.
Sullivan's 50m and 100m freestyle world records were lowered by Fred Bousquet and Alain Bernard in sensational swims at the French national championships in Montpellier over the last week.
Olympic champion Bernard set a new 100m freestyle record with a time of 46.94sec, becoming the first man to smash the symbolic 47-second barrier and slicing 0.11sec off Sullivan's old mark.
Bousquet (20.94sec) lowered Sullivan's best by more than one-third of a second in the 50m to become the first man to break the 21-second barrier.
Swimmers and coaches have voiced concerns that unless the world governing body does something about the proliferation of fast swimsuits then the July world championships in Rome will be decided as much by technology as talent.
"FINA is hopefully going to finally give a ruling on the thickness of suits, the materials to be used and the buoyancy and from what I have heard so far, the suits have not been approved by FINA," Sullivan said Monday.
"Hopefully, everyone can be on a level playing field."
FINA is independently testing the new Arena and Jaked suits in time for the world championships. It must approve them for the world records of Bernard and Bousquet to stand.
Date created : 2009-04-27