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Old 04-10-2006, 12:19 PM   #721
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2006 FINA World Championships (25 m)
Shanghai, CHN, Apr 5-9, 2006

Day 1 Finals

Men finals

200 METRES FREESTYLE
1 1:43.51 Neethling Ryk,77,RSA
2 1:43.78 Magnini Filippo,82,ITA
3 1:44.67 Rosolino Massi,78,ITA
4 1:44.90 Svoboda Kvetoslav,82,CZE
5 1:45.20 Lochte Ryan,84,USA
6 1:45.35 Cramer Jayme,83,USA
7 1:45.63 Castro Rodrigo,78,BRA
8 1:47.01 Ffrost Nicholas,86,AUS

4X100 FREE RELAY
1 3:10.74 Italy,ITA
2 3:11.63 Sweden,SWE
3 3:11.92 United States,USA
4 3:12.41 Russia,RUS
5 3:12.68 Brazil,BRA
6 3:15.75 Croatia,CRO
7 3:15.96 Australia,AUS
8 3:16.38 Lithuania,LTU


Men's Semifinals

100 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 51.43 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
2 51.81 Rogan Markus,82,AUT
3 51.87 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
4 51.91 Bal Randall,80,USA
5 51.98 Vyatchanin Arkadi,84,RUS
6 52.15 Grevers Matthew,85,USA
7 52.57 Lim Alex,80,MAS
8 52.60 Meeuw Helge,84,GER
9 52.91 Oleynyk Andriy,84,UKR
10 53.33 Jackson Michael,85,AUS
11 53.53 Bugayov Anton,83,UKR
12 53.66 Krizko Lubos,79,SVK
13 53.70 Aleshin Evgeni,79,RUS
14 53.98 Salatta Lucas,87,BRA
15 54.25 Du Rand George,82,RSA
16 54.50 Silva Fernando,86,BRA


100 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 58.32 Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
2 58.54 Alyfantis Romanos,86,GRE
3 59.27 Polyakov Vladislav,83,KAZ
4 59.28 Rickard Brenton,83,AUS
5 59.41 Terrin Alessandro,85,ITA
6 59.42 Oen Alexander,85,NOR
7 59.46 Dymo Valeriy,85,UKR
8 59.47 Usher Scott,83,USA
9 59.60 Gibson James,80,GBR
10 59.65 Cook Chris,79,GBR
11 59.68 Alexandrov Mihail,85,BUL
12 59.80 Ryzhkov Evgeni,86,KAZ
13 59.85 Gustavsson Martin,80,SWE
14 59.86 van Aggele Robin,84,NED
15 59.99 Duboscq Hugues,81,FRA
16 1:00.37 Rogulj Vanja,82,CRO


100 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 51.10 Almeida Kaio,84,BRA
2 51.99 Pine Adam,76,AUS
3 52.02 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
4 52.02 Wu Peng,87,CHN
5 52.04 Rupprath Thomas,77,GER
6 52.05 Korotyshkin Evgeni,83,RUS
7 52.12 Cramer Jayme,83,USA
8 52.12 Subirats Albert,85,VEN
9 52.13 Lochte Ryan,84,USA
10 52.29 Skvortsov Nikolai,84,RUS
11 52.29 Advena Sergiy,84,UKR
12 52.32 Burmester Moss,81,NZL
13 52.36 Dunford Jason,86,KEN
14 52.43 Serdinov Andriy,82,UKR
15 52.54 Kawamoto Kohei,79,JPN
16 53.28 Richards Andrew,83,AUS


Women Finals

200 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 2:05.11 Schipper Jessica,86,AUS
2 2:05.91 Segat Francesca,83,ITA
3 2:07.05 Yang Yu,85,CHN
4 2:07.57 Descenza Mary,85,USA
5 2:08.70 Breeden Elaine,89,USA
6 2:09.20 Choi Hye-Ra,91,KOR
7 2:09.49 Li Xinhua,90,CHN
8 2:12.36 Loots Amanda,78,RSA

400 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 4:34.28 Qi Hui,85,CHN
2 4:34.54 Ivanenko Anastasia,89,RUS
3 4:35.32 Filippi Alessia,88,ITA
4 4:36.30 Zhang Xin,88,CHN
5 4:36.56 Sandeno Kaitlin,83,USA
6 4:37.03 Aemisegger Alicia,87,USA
7 4:40.39 Bardach Georgina,83,ARG
8 4:40.63 Norfolk Helen,81,NZL

4X200 FREE RELAY
1 7:46.96 Australia,AUS
2 7:47.07 China,CHN
3 7:49.16 United States,USA
4 7:50.39 Italy,ITA
5 7:55.46 New Zealand,NZL
6 7:55.60 Sweden,SWE
7 7:56.34 Russia,RUS
8 7:59.85 Spain,ESP

Women semifinals

100 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 58.31 Pietsch Janine,82,GER
2 58.86 McLean Hannah,81,NZL
3 59.19 Zimmer Tayliah,85,AUS
4 59.35 Hoelzer Margaret,83,USA
5 59.48 Coster Elizabeth,82,NZL
6 59.69 Gustamelsky Anna,81,ISR
7 59.96 Liao Yali,88,CHN
8 1:00.00 Gao Chang,87,CHN
9 1:00.07 Zubkova Kateryna,88,UKR
10 1:00.09 Amshennikova Irina,86,UKR
11 1:00.16 Edington Sophie,85,AUS
12 1:00.53 Gemo Elena,87,ITA
13 1:00.69 Komarova Stanislava,86,RUS
14 1:01.14 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
15 1:01.40 Tsai Hiu Wai,83,HKG
16 1:01.44 Molina Fabiola,75,BRA

50 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 30.23 Edmistone Jade,82,AUS
2 30.25 Hanson Brooke,78,AUS
3 30.57 Kirk Tara,82,USA
4 30.64 Baker Zoe,76,NZL
5 30.77 van Biljon Suzaan,88,RSA
6 30.80 Hardy Jessica,87,USA
7 31.06 Wang Qun,94,CHN
8 31.38 Ji Liping,88,CHN
9 31.51 Haywood Kate,87,GBR
10 31.56 Gulbrandsen Anne-M.,84,NOR
11 31.77 Kormacheva Ekaterina,82,RUS
12 31.82 Trepp Jane,88,EST
13 31.89 Pidlisna Yulija,87,UKR
14 32.04 Eriksson Hanna,84,SWE
15 32.23 Nunez Imaday,83,CUB
16 32.23 Carey Annabelle,89,NZL

Day 2 Finals

Men finals

100 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 51.09 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
2 51.48 Rogan Markus,82,AUT
3 51.63 Bal Randall,80,USA
4 51.63 Meeuw Helge,84,GER
5 51.78 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
6 51.89 Vyatchanin Arkadi,84,RUS
7 52.20 Grevers Matthew,85,USA
8 52.82 Lim Alex,80,MAS

100 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 58.14 Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
2 58.70 Rickard Brenton,83,AUS
3 59.16 Oen Alexander,85,NOR
4 59.17 Terrin Alessandro,85,ITA
5 59.22 Dymo Valeriy,85,UKR
6 59.38 Polyakov Vladislav,83,KAZ
7 59.54 Usher Scott,83,USA
disq Alyfantis Romanos,86,GRE

100 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 51.07 Almeida Kaio,84,BRA
2 51.23 Subirats Albert,85,VEN
3 51.53 Cramer Jayme,83,USA
4 51.56 Rupprath Thomas,77,GER
5 51.58 Pine Adam,76,AUS
6 51.64 Wu Peng,87,CHN
7 51.67 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
7 51.67 Korotyshkin Evgeni,83,RUS

400 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 4:02.49 Lochte Ryan,84,USA
2 4:05.12 Marin Luca,85,ITA
3 4:06.81 Berezutsky Igor,84,RUS
4 4:07.54 Margalis Robert,82,USA
5 4:08.04 Kent Dean,78,NZL
6 4:11.38 Zhao Tao,85,CHN
7 4:16.24 Brodie Leith,86,AUS
8 4:18.29 Salatta Lucas,87,BRA

4X200 FREE RELAY
1 6:59.08 Italy,ITA
2 7:04.16 Australia,AUS
3 7:04.34 United States,USA
4 7:05.94 China,CHN
5 7:06.09 Brazil,BRA
6 7:08.85 Portugal,POR
7 7:10.99 Czech Republic,CZE
8 7:12.29 New Zealand,NZL

Men semifinals

50 METRES FREESTYLE
1 21.31 Jones Cullen,84,USA
2 21.53 Nystrand Stefan,81,SWE
3 21.72 Draganja Duje,83,CRO
4 21.77 Meolans Jose M.,78,ARG
5 21.83 Volynets Oleksander,74,UKR
6 21.91 Brunelli Nicholas,81,USA
7 21.91 Santos Nicholas,80,BRA
8 21.99 Santos Guilherme,82,BRA
9 22.02 Foster Mark,70,GBR
10 22.07 Piehl Marcus,85,SWE
11 22.10 Iles Salim,75,ALG
12 22.14 Lorente Eduardo,77,ESP
13 22.14 Gimbutis Rolandas,81,LTU
14 22.18 Andkjar Jakob,85,DEN
15 22.30 Barbic Bruno,86,CRO
16 22.45 Kebbab Nabil,84,ALG

Women's finals


800 METRES FREESTYLE
1 8:11.99 Ivanenko Anastasia,89,RUS
2 8:14.12 Ziegler Kate,88,USA
3 8:20.02 Cooke Rebecca,83,GBR
4 8:26.85 Reimer Brittany,88,CAN
5 8:27.17 Villaecija Erika,84,ESP
6 8:29.01 Palmer Kylie,90,AUS
7 8:29.30 Kobrich Kristel,85,CHI
8 8:30.60 Tan Miao,87,CHN

100 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 58.02 Pietsch Janine,82,GER
2 58.27 Zimmer Tayliah,85,AUS
3 58.74 Gao Chang,87,CHN
4 59.00 McLean Hannah,81,NZL
5 59.47 Gustamelsky Anna,81,ISR
6 59.57 Hoelzer Margaret,83,USA
7 1:00.16 Coster Elizabeth,82,NZL
8 1:00.30 Liao Yali,88,CHN

50 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 30.22 Edmistone Jade,82,AUS
2 30.40 Hanson Brooke,78,AUS
3 30.48 Hardy Jessica,87,USA
4 30.61 Kirk Tara,82,USA
5 30.73 van Biljon Suzaan,88,RSA
6 30.75 Baker Zoe,76,NZL
7 30.87 Wang Qun,94,CHN
8 31.18 Ji Liping,88,CHN

Women's semifinals


100 METRES FREESTYLE
1 53.33 Veldhuis Marleen,79,NED
2 53.65 Lenton Lisbeth,85,AUS
3 53.91 Seppala Hanna-M.,84,FIN
4 54.00 Correia Maritza,81,USA
5 54.10 Weir Amanda,86,USA
6 54.15 Marshall Melanie,82,GBR
7 54.21 Gusmao Rebeca,84,BRA
8 54.34 Lillhage Josefine,80,SWE
9 54.77 Xu Yanwei,84,CHN
10 55.04 Fitch Alison,80,NZL
11 55.08 Reese Shayne,82,AUS
12 55.15 Roets Lauren,87,RSA
13 55.18 Koschischek Birgit,87,AUT
14 55.20 Sjoberg Johanna,78,SWE
15 55.34 Klosova Petra,86,CZE
16 55.63 Myskova Jana,77,CZE

50 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 26.05 Nadarajah Fabienne,85,AUT
2 26.10 Alshammar Therese,77,SWE
3 26.26 Dekker Inge,85,NED
4 26.41 Demal Marlies,89,AUT
5 26.45 Kammerling Anna-Karin,80,SWE
6 26.45 Komisarz Rachel,76,USA
7 26.56 Zhou Yafei,84,CHN
8 26.68 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
9 26.79 Toomey Georgina,87,NZL
10 26.83 Moravcova Martina,76,SVK
11 26.84 Descenza Mary,85,USA
12 26.86 Jiao Liuyang,91,CHN
13 26.87 Schipper Jessica,86,AUS
14 26.95 Gemo Elena,87,ITA
15 27.08 Bespalova Irina,81,RUS
disq Miatke Danni,87,AUS

100 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 1:00.59 Hanson Brooke,78,AUS
2 1:00.97 Seppala Hanna-M.,84,FIN
3 1:01.60 Sandeno Kaitlin,83,USA
4 1:01.86 Moravcova Martina,76,SVK
5 1:01.87 De Ronchi Sophie,85,FRA
6 1:01.93 Reese Shayne,82,AUS
7 1:02.22 Svahnstrom Malin,80,SWE
8 1:02.49 Eriksson Hanna,84,SWE
9 1:02.51 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
10 1:02.71 Yu Yao,91,CHN
11 1:02.79 Belyakina Daria,86,RUS
12 1:02.97 Klosova Petra,86,CZE
13 1:03.17 Tsai Hiu Wai,83,HKG
14 1:03.38 Norfolk Helen,81,NZL
15 1:03.51 Aemisegger Alicia,87,USA
disq Zhao Jing,90,CHN
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Day 3 Finals

Men's finals

50 METRES FREESTYLE
1 21.38 Draganja Duje,83,CRO
2 21.52 Jones Cullen,84,USA
3 21.62 Volynets Oleksander,74,UKR
3 21.62 Brunelli Nicholas,81,USA
5 21.66 Nystrand Stefan,81,SWE
6 21.72 Meolans Jose M.,78,ARG
7 21.90 Santos Nicholas,80,BRA
8 22.15 Santos Guilherme,82,BRA

400 METRES FREESTYLE
1 3:38.08 Prilukov Yuri,84,RUS
2 3:40.43 Park Tae Hwan,89,KOR
3 3:41.04 Rosolino Massi,78,ITA
4 3:42.57 Zhang Lin,87,CHN
5 3:43.22 Margalis Robert,82,USA
6 3:44.46 Svoboda Kvetoslav,82,CZE
7 3:46.32 Jensen Larsen,85,USA
8 3:47.79 Cassio Nicola,85,ITA

200 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 2:06.95 Polyakov Vladislav,83,KAZ
2 2:07.52 Rickard Brenton,83,AUS
3 2:07.94 Ryzhkov Evgeni,86,KAZ
4 2:08.67 Alexandrov Mihail,85,BUL
5 2:08.69 Yonehara Kyosuke,80,JPN
6 2:09.00 Xie Zhi,87,CHN
7 2:09.55 Usher Scott,83,USA
8 2:09.95 Pogioli Giordan,83,USA

200 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 1:53.31 Lochte Ryan,84,USA
New world record
2 1:55.68 Rogan Markus,82,AUT
3 1:56.64 Berezutsky Igor,84,RUS
4 1:56.77 Brodie Leith,86,AUS
5 1:56.81 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
6 1:57.31 Kent Dean,78,NZL
7 1:58.06 Kokkodis Ioannis,81,GRE
8 1:59.52 Liebhold Tim,83,USA

Men's semifinal

50 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 24.17 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
2 24.20 Rupprath Thomas,77,GER
3 24.21 Meeuw Helge,84,GER
4 24.23 Bal Randall,80,USA
5 24.23 Lim Alex,80,MAS
6 24.29 Vyatchanin Arkadi,84,RUS
7 24.34 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
8 24.53 Subirats Albert,85,VEN
9 24.56 Oleynyk Andriy,84,UKR
10 24.62 Krizko Lubos,79,SVK
11 24.63 Sun Xiaolei,86,CHN
12 24.64 Grevers Matthew,85,USA
13 24.71 Raty Tero,78,FIN
14 24.76 Bugayov Anton,83,UKR
15 25.01 Brits Grant,87,AUS
16 25.13 Talbot-Cameron Scott,81,NZL

50 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 23.19 Almeida Kaio,84,BRA
2 23.33 Cramer Jayme,83,USA
3 23.38 Subirats Albert,85,VEN
4 23.39 Breus Sergiy,83,UKR
5 23.49 Pine Adam,76,AUS
6 23.50 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
7 23.60 Kawamoto Kohei,79,JPN
8 23.62 Draganja Duje,83,CRO
9 23.67 Korotyshkin Evgeni,83,RUS
10 23.68 Puninski Alex,85,CRO
11 23.69 Serdinov Andriy,82,UKR
12 23.84 Alesi Octavio,86,VEN
13 23.92 Arnarson Orn,81,ISL
14 23.92 Grevers Matthew,85,USA
15 23.93 Andkjar Jakob,85,DEN
16 23.99 Wang Dong,86,CHN


Womens' finals

100 METRES FREESTYLE
1 52.33 Lenton Lisbeth,85,AUS
2 53.33 Veldhuis Marleen,79,NED
3 53.54 Correia Maritza,81,USA
4 53.78 Seppala Hanna-M.,84,FIN
5 53.81 Marshall Melanie,82,GBR
6 54.23 Lillhage Josefine,80,SWE
7 54.43 Weir Amanda,86,USA
8 54.53 Gusmao Rebeca,84,BRA

400 METRES FREESTYLE
1 4:01.79 Ziegler Kate,88,USA
2 4:03.29 Barratt Bronte,89,AUS
3 4:03.63 Pellegrini Federica,88,ITA
4 4:04.03 Ivanenko Anastasia,89,RUS
5 4:05.54 McClatchey Caitlin,85,GBR
6 4:05.56 Tan Miao,87,CHN
7 4:06.87 Villaecija Erika,84,ESP
8 4:07.21 Brochado Mariana,84,BRA

200 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 2:05.29 Hoelzer Margaret,83,USA
2 2:05.99 Zimmer Tayliah,85,AUS
3 2:06.96 McLean Hannah,81,NZL
4 2:07.33 Filippi Alessia,88,ITA
5 2:07.49 Ingram Melissa,85,NZL
6 2:07.71 Zhao Jing,83,CHN
7 2:07.90 Komarova Stanislava,86,RUS
8 2:09.02 Liebs Annika,79,GER

50 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 25.76 Alshammar Therese,77,SWE
2 25.95 Nadarajah Fabienne,85,AUT
3 26.07 Kammerling Anna-Karin,80,SWE
4 26.29 Dekker Inge,85,NED
5 26.32 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
6 26.38 Demal Marlies,89,AUT
7 26.38 Komisarz Rachel,76,USA
8 27.48 Zhou Yafei,84,CHN

100 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 1:00.16 Hanson Brooke,78,AUS
2 1:00.74 Seppala Hanna-M.,84,FIN
3 1:01.41 Moravcova Martina,76,SVK
4 1:01.52 Reese Shayne,82,AUS
5 1:02.13 Svahnstrom Malin,80,SWE
6 1:02.30 De Ronchi Sophie,85,FRA
7 1:02.30 Sandeno Kaitlin,83,USA
8 1:02.92 Eriksson Hanna,84,SWE

4X100 MEDLEY RELAY
1 3:51.84 Australia,AUS
New world record
2 3:55.65 United States,USA
3 3:55.76 China,CHN
4 4:01.07 Italy,ITA
5 4:01.49 Russia,RUS
6 4:02.75 New Zealand,NZL
7 4:03.76 Sweden,SWE
8 4:06.33 Korea,KOR

Woemn's semifinal

100 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 1:06.41 Kirk Tara,82,USA
2 1:06.56 van Biljon Suzaan,88,RSA
3 1:06.57 Hardy Jessica,87,USA
4 1:07.09 Edmistone Jade,82,AUS
5 1:07.55 Hanson Brooke,78,AUS
6 1:07.57 Pidlisna Yulija,87,UKR
7 1:07.83 Ji Liping,88,CHN
8 1:08.19 Gulbrandsen Anne-M.,84,NOR
9 1:08.49 Haywood Kate,87,GBR
10 1:08.66 Kormacheva Ekaterina,82,RUS
11 1:08.66 Nunez Imaday,83,CUB
12 1:09.05 Kapishina Ina,84,BLR
13 1:09.06 Boggiatto Chiara,86,ITA
14 1:09.56 Dikmen Ilkay,81,TUR
15 1:11.78 Luo Nan,86,CHN
disq De Ronchi, Sophie,85,FRA
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Day 4 Finals

Men's finals

50 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 23.53 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
2 23.70 Rupprath Thomas,77,GER
3 24.01 Meeuw Helge,84,GER
4 24.03 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
5 24.21 Bal Randall,80,USA
6 24.22 Vyatchanin Arkadi,84,RUS
7 24.40 Lim Alex,80,MAS
8 25.04 Oleynyk Andriy,84,UKR

50 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 23.05 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
2 23.06 Breus Sergiy,83,UKR
3 23.07 Almeida Kaio,84,BRA
4 23.11 Subirats Albert,85,VEN
5 23.25 Pine Adam,76,AUS
6 23.37 Draganja Duje,83,CRO
7 23.49 Cramer Jayme,83,USA
8 23.61 Kawamoto Kohei,79,JPN

Men's semifinals

100 METRES FREESTYLE
1 47.75 Cielo Cesar A.,87,BRA
2 47.94 Calvi Alessandro,83,ITA
3 47.97 Magnini Filippo,82,ITA
4 47.99 Neethling Ryk,77,RSA
5 48.07 Lagunov Evgeni,85,RUS
6 48.10 Meolans Jose M.,78,ARG
7 48.25 Brunelli Nicholas,81,USA
8 48.30 Verner Martin,80,CZE
9 48.46 Callus Ashley,79,AUS
10 48.52 Iles Salim,75,ALG
11 48.54 Huang Shaohua,84,CHN
12 48.57 Dunford Jason,86,KEN
13 48.77 Andkjar Jakob,85,DEN
14 48.78 Gimbutis Rolandas,81,LTU
15 48.83 Sullivan Eamon,85,AUS
16 48.83 Lezak Jason,75,USA

50 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 26.64 Terrin Alessandro,85,ITA
2 26.64 Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
3 27.20 Rickard Brenton,83,AUS
4 27.30 Dymo Valeriy,85,UKR
5 27.31 Gibson James,80,GBR
6 27.33 Alexandrov Mihail,85,BUL
7 27.51 Gustavsson Martin,80,SWE
8 27.55 Cook Chris,79,GBR
9 27.55 Oen Alexander,85,NOR
10 27.56 Duboscq Hugues,81,FRA
11 27.67 Wang Haibo,82,CHN
12 27.74 Lima Felipe,85,BRA
13 27.77 Rogulj Vanja,82,CRO
14 27.79 Jacobo Alfredo,82,MEX
15 27.81 van Aggele Robin,84,NED
16 27.87 Fischer Eduardo,80,BRA

100 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 52.95 Neethling Ryk,77,RSA
2 53.01 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
3 54.17 Galenda Christian,82,ITA
4 54.18 Rupprath Thomas,77,GER
5 54.56 Grevers Matthew,85,USA
6 54.56 van Aggele Robin,84,NED
7 54.59 Nystrand Stefan,81,SWE
8 54.61 Tancock Liam,85,GBR
9 54.75 Silva Fernando,86,BRA
10 54.89 Brodie Leith,86,AUS
11 55.05 Pereira Thiago,86,BRA
12 55.15 Hetland Alexander,82,NOR
13 55.16 Kent Dean,78,NZL
14 55.18 Alyfantis Romanos,86,GRE
15 55.34 Brunelli Nicholas,81,USA
16 55.38 Aljand Martti,87,EST

Women's finals

100 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 1:05.25 Kirk Tara,82,USA
2 1:05.62 van Biljon Suzaan,88,RSA
3 1:06.08 Edmistone Jade,82,AUS
4 1:06.13 Hardy Jessica,87,USA
5 1:06.27 Hanson Brooke,78,AUS
6 1:07.84 Ji Liping,88,CHN
7 1:08.01 Pidlisna Yulija,87,UKR
8 1:08.48 Gulbrandsen Anne-M.,84,NOR

200 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 2:09.33 Qi Hui,85,CHN
2 2:10.79 Sandeno Kaitlin,83,USA
3 2:11.77 Carroll Lara,86,AUS
4 2:12.12 Zhang Xin,88,CHN
5 2:12.40 Aemisegger Alicia,87,USA
6 2:13.55 Hjorth-Hansen Julie,84,DEN
7 2:13.68 Thyden Sara,89,SWE
8 2:15.46 De Ronchi Sophie,85,FRA

4X100 FREE RELAY
1 3:33.32 Netherlands,NED
New world record
2 3:34.95 Australia,AUS
3 3:36.13 Sweden,SWE
4 3:37.70 New Zealand,NZL
5 3:37.70 United States,USA
6 3:38.15 China,CHN
7 3:39.18 Italy,ITA
8 3:44.12 Hong Kong,HKG

Women's semifinals

50 METRES FREESTYLE
1 24.27 Alshammar Therese,77,SWE
2 24.34 Veldhuis Marleen,79,NED
3 24.49 Correia Maritza,81,USA
4 24.51 Lenton Lisbeth,85,AUS
5 24.76 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
6 24.80 Kammerling Anna-Karin,80,SWE
7 24.86 Seppala Hanna-M.,84,FIN
8 24.94 Gusmao Rebeca,84,BRA
9 24.94 Weir Amanda,86,USA
10 25.13 Engelsman Michelle,79,AUS
11 25.14 Nadarajah Fabienne,85,AUT
12 25.22 Cazziolato Flavia,83,BRA
13 25.27 Xu Yanwei,84,CHN
14 25.31 Semeco Arlene,84,VEN
15 25.33 Zhu Yingwen,81,CHN
16 25.37 Fitch Alison,80,NZL

50 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 27.10 Pietsch Janine,82,GER
2 27.38 Gao Chang,87,CHN
3 27.40 Zimmer Tayliah,85,AUS
4 27.73 Gustamelsky Anna,81,ISR
5 27.75 McLean Hannah,81,NZL
6 27.89 Coster Elizabeth,82,NZL
7 28.03 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
8 28.04 Gemo Elena,87,ITA
9 28.06 Zubkova Kateryna,88,UKR
10 28.14 Nadarajah Fabienne,85,AUT
11 28.41 Bas Alexandra,85,BLR
12 28.45 Liao Yali,88,CHN
13 28.46 Molina Fabiola,75,BRA
14 28.60 Demal Marlies,89,AUT
15 28.79 Tsai Hiu Wai,83,HKG
16 28.80 Hoelzer Margaret,83,USA

100 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 57.52 Schipper Jessica,86,AUS
2 57.84 Lenton Lisbeth,85,AUS
3 58.07 Moravcova Martina,76,SVK
4 58.31 Dekker Inge,85,NED
5 58.31 Descenza Mary,85,USA
6 58.37 Jiao Liuyang,91,CHN
7 58.40 Komisarz Rachel,76,USA
8 58.83 Zhou Yafei,84,CHN
9 59.75 Sjoberg Johanna,78,SWE
10 1:00.21 Koschischek Birgit,87,AUT
11 1:00.21 Choi Hye-Ra,91,KOR
12 1:00.28 Coster Elizabeth,82,NZL
13 1:00.56 Yang Chin-Kuei,87,TPE
14 1:00.76 Smolenova Denisa,89,SVK
15 1:01.27 Gunenc Gulsah,85,TUR
16 1:01.59 Toomey Georgina,87,NZL
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Day 5 Finals

Men's finals

100 METRES FREESTYLE
1 47.24 Neethling Ryk,77,RSA
2 47.31 Magnini Filippo,82,ITA
3 47.87 Meolans Jose M.,78,ARG
4 47.91 Brunelli Nicholas,81,USA
5 48.04 Cielo Cesar A.,87,BRA
6 48.06 Calvi Alessandro,83,ITA
7 48.27 Lagunov Evgeni,85,RUS
8 48.55 Verner Martin,80,CZE

1500 METRES FREESTYLE
1 14:23.92 Prilukov Yuri,84,RUS
2 14:33.28 Park Tae Hwan,89,KOR
3 14:42.82 Zhang Lin,87,CHN
4 14:50.55 Jensen Larsen,85,USA
5 14:51.66 Ren Chen,89,CHN
6 14:58.23 Thompson Chris,78,USA
7 15:04.00 Cochrane Ryan,88,CAN
8 15:04.29 Monasterio Ricardo,78,VEN

200 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 1:49.05 Lochte Ryan,84,USA
New world record
2 1:50.97 Rogan Markus,82,AUT
3 1:53.10 Welsh Matt,76,AUS
4 1:53.21 Ouyang Kunpeng,82,CHN
5 1:54.83 Rolff Ethan,82,AUS
6 1:54.84 Zhang Bodong,88,CHN
7 1:56.54 Cramer Jayme,83,USA
8 1:57.71 Du Rand George,82,RSA

50 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 26.39 Lisogor Oleg,79,UKR
2 26.60 Terrin Alessandro,85,ITA
3 27.17 Cook Chris,79,GBR
4 27.19 Rickard Brenton,83,AUS
5 27.35 Gibson James,80,GBR
6 27.41 Dymo Valeriy,85,UKR
7 27.44 Alexandrov Mihail,85,BUL
8 27.47 Gustavsson Martin,80,SWE

200 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 1:52.36 Wu Peng,87,CHN
2 1:53.94 Burmester Moss,81,NZL
3 1:54.09 Skvortsov Nikolai,84,RUS
4 1:55.07 Advena Sergiy,84,UKR
5 1:55.23 Knowles Jeremy,81,BAH
6 1:55.38 Meeuw Helge,84,GER
7 1:55.45 Muto Makoto,84,JPN
8 1:57.34 Chen Yin,86,CHN

100 METRES IND.MEDLEY
1 52.42 Neethling Ryk,77,RSA
2 53.00 Mankoc Peter,78,SLO
3 53.97 Nystrand Stefan,81,SWE
4 54.07 Galenda Christian,82,ITA
5 54.22 Tancock Liam,85,GBR
6 54.24 van Aggele Robin,84,NED
7 54.28 Grevers Matthew,85,USA
8 54.55 Rupprath Thomas,77,GER

4X100 MEDLEY RELAY
1 3:27.71 Australia,AUS
2 3:28.00 United States,USA
3 3:28.62 Ukraine,UKR
4 3:31.11 Russia,RUS
5 3:31.73 China,CHN
6 3:34.14 Croatia,CRO
7 3:35.28 New Zealand,NZL
8 3:35.58 Kazakhstan,KAZ




Women's finals


50 METRES FREESTYLE
1 23.97 Lenton Lisbeth,85,AUS
2 23.98 Alshammar Therese,77,SWE
3 24.25 Veldhuis Marleen,79,NED
4 24.71 Kammerling Anna-Karin,80,SWE
5 24.80 Gusmao Rebeca,84,BRA
6 24.87 Seppala Hanna-M.,84,FIN
7 24.88 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
8 25.23 Correia Maritza,81,USA

200 METRES FREESTYLE
1 1:54.94 Yang Yu,85,CHN
2 1:55.15 Pellegrini Federica,88,ITA
3 1:55.56 Liebs Annika,79,GER
4 1:56.45 Lillhage Josefine,80,SWE
5 1:56.83 Belyakina Daria,86,RUS
6 1:57.06 Marshall Melanie,82,GBR
7 1:57.52 Descenza Mary,85,USA
8 1:58.29 Norfolk Helen,81,NZL

50 METRES BACKSTROKE
1 27.00 Pietsch Janine,82,GER
2 27.25 Zimmer Tayliah,85,AUS
3 27.28 Gao Chang,87,CHN
4 27.46 Gustamelsky Anna,81,ISR
5 27.76 McLean Hannah,81,NZL
6 27.86 Gemo Elena,87,ITA
7 27.89 Schreuder Hinkelien,84,NED
8 28.17 Coster Elizabeth,82,NZL

200 METRES BREASTSTROKE
1 2:20.72 Qi Hui,85,CHN
2 2:21.77 Kirk Tara,82,USA
3 2:23.49 Luo Nan,86,CHN
4 2:24.06 Soni Rebecca,87,USA
5 2:25.50 Pidlisna Yulija,87,UKR
6 2:28.38 Kormacheva Ekaterina,82,RUS
disq van Bilkon Suzaan,88,RSA
disq Nunez Imaday,83,CUB

100 METRES BUTTERFLY
1 56.61 Lenton Lisbeth,85,AUS
2 57.43 Komisarz Rachel,76,USA
3 57.49 Schipper Jessica,86,AUS
4 57.91 Moravcova Martina,76,SVK
5 58.52 Zhou Yafei,84,CHN
6 58.55 Jiao Liuyang,91,CHN
7 58.70 Dekker Inge,85,NED
8 58.90 Descenza Mary,85,USA
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Lochte Lights Up The Long and Short Of It


09-Apr-2006 Craig Lord


And there it was: as if confirmation were needed that world standards in short-course pools have a journey to go before they can be taken with the seriousness of their long-course cousins: 1:49.05sec for American Ryan Lochte over 200 metres backstroke, an effort that blasted Austria's Markus Rogan and his world record of 1:50.43 into oblivion. Just for good measure, Lochte followed through to become the first man under 50sec over 100 metres backstroke, with a world record of 49.99 leading the US off in the medley relay.

Get used to it: in 2008, the NCAAs will be held short-course metres. Keep your eye on the record book and that measuring stick of soft standards. Of course, what that will mean for the world s/c championships to be held two weeks later in Manchester, Britain, in Olympic year remains to be seen. The championship after that will be held in Dubai in 2010, Fina announced today, the Gulf state beating Istanbul by one vote 11:10.

There can be no question that short-course swimming can be a thrilling showcase for the sport but what emerges from the meeting of minds on the matter of calendars, competition formats and the future of the world cup will determine just how seriously the small arena can be taken.

That much was clear in a race won by Lochte by 1.92sec over Rogan a man who was on cloud nine when he set the world record in Trieste just last December but now finds himself with work to do if he is to join the real world of short-course excellence. Second at the world l/c championships to another American, Aaron Peirsol, he now stares at the same gap in the s/c arena. And then we have the rest after him: Matt Welsh, third on 1:53.10. At Olympic and world l/c levels, that kind of gap splits gold from seventh and eighth, not the medals.

These were Lochte's second and third world records of the championships, after his 200m medley blast and a championship record victory over 400m medley. He is clearly the man of the meet and returns home as a rival to contemplate for Michael Phelps and Aaron Peirsol, though the true test of that will be confined to the long-course season.

The same might be said of Yuri Prilukov's pending battle with Britain's David Davies in Budapest at the European Championships. The Russian took the world s/c crown in 14:23.92, a European record sonme 13seconds shy of Grant Hackett's world record but a time that suggests he may be capable of finally breaking the 14;50 mark long-course. Behind Prilukov was Korea's Tae Hwan Park, on 14:33.28 and China's Zhang Lin, on 14:42.82, with the man who has exceeded them all on the biggest of occasions in the big pool, American Larsen Jensen, fourth on 14:50.55, a fine training exercise.

Libby Lenton, of Australia, forced to ease back her ambitions by stepping away from the 200m freestyle in a session that could have held three individual events for her, took the 100m butterfly title in 56.61 - ahead of America's Rachel Komisarz, who, on a 57.43, kept the champion's fellow Dolphin, Jessica Schipper, at bay by 0.06sec - and then pipped Sweden's world record holder Therese Alshammar by 0.01sec to win the 50 metres freestyle in 23.97.

With world number one Lenton out of the way, Yu Yang, of China, prospered in the 200 metres freestyle, taking the crown in 1:54.94, 0.19sec ahead of Federica pellegrini, of Italy, with bronze going to Germany's Annika Liebs, in 1:55.56.

China's Qi Hui clocked 2:20.72sec to win the 200m breaststroke ahead of Tara Kirk (US) on 2:21.77 and Luo Nan, of China, on 2:23.49 (but where was that faster Chinese swimmer, the world's fastest 12-year-old, Wang, who almost beat Qi on the world cup back in February? Perhaps domestic events are not here thing - perhaps we'll see her in Melbourne next year).

Meanwhile, back in the wash, Ryk Neething picked up a second title less than an hour after winning the 100 metres freestyle in 47.24, his 100m medley victory coming in a championship record of 52.42. Also in non-Olympic events, there was a championship and European record for Germany's Janine Pietsch, of 27.00sec over 50 metres backstroke and a championship record for Oleg Lisogor, of Ukraine, on 26.39 over 50 metres breaststroke.

The medley relay that marked Lochte's sub-50sec effort resulted in silver for what is effectively a US B team, 0.41sec behind Australia, on 3:02.51, with Ukraine taking bronze in 3:03.21.

And that concludes the entertainment from Shanghai.
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Van Den Hoogenband Leads Orange Order

11-May-2006 Craig Lord


Holland will be represented by 22 swimmers at the European Championships in Budapest, Hungary, from July 26 to August 6, with Olympic champion and world record holder Pieter van den Hoogenband at the helm.

The 2000 and 2004 Olympic title holder over 100m freestyle took time out of the water in 2005 after a hernia operation. His femal sprint counterpart, Marleen Veldhuis, heads the women's roster, which contains formidable relay firepower.

The Dutch Squad:

Men:
Robin van Aggele; Nick Driebergen; Stefan Oosting Gijs; Pieter van den Hoogenband; Johan Kenkhuis; Lennart Stekelenburg; Bastiaan Tamminga; Bas van Velthoven; Sebastiaan Verschuren; Mitja Zastrow.

Women:
Linda Bank; Inge Dekker; Chantal Groot; Femke Heemskerk; Ranomi Kromowidjojo; Moniek Nijhuis; Hinkelien Schreuder; Rieneke Terink; Manon van Rooijen; Jolijn van Valkengoed; Marleen Veldhuis.
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I haven't been following this thread, but Ian Thorp is god. I love him, he is amazing. I cry everytime he wins.
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wow u and sandra will get on well then nah he is or maybe was a good swimmer but never seen the fascination myself!!
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Slow Build-Up For Thorpe


11-May-2006 Craig Lord


Ian Thorpe, the Olympic 200 and 400m champion, is not expecting to race fast if he races at all on the Mare Nostrum Tour in Europe in June.

Addressing the media at a national team training camp in Townsville, Australia, Thorpe was hopeful that after a bout of glandular fever and sustaining a break to his hand "all the bad luck" was now behind him.

However, he added: "My fitness at the moment is very average. I have had a lot of time out of the pool and now I am trying to make up for lost time. I hope and think that in three months I will be ready ... to swim well again."

Last weekend, Thorpe trained in the water for the first time since breaking his hand almost three weeks ago in a fall at his home. After managing a first session of just 3km at the camp in Townsville, he said: "I have had a very disjointed preparation the last few months, so I'm pleased to be back. I have a lot of titanium in my hand now but that meant I could get back in the pool a lot faster than using the conventional method of a plaster cast."

Thorpe, 23, faces an uphill struggle to return to the glory days of his phenomenal career leading up to the Athens Olympic Games, after which he took a lengthy break from the water. He will be among the 26 Australian swimmers on the Mare Nostrum Tour but is unlikely to compete until the last round in Barcelona on June 10-11, if he races at all.

He will then travel to Santa Clara Invitational meet in the US. Neither the European nor US competitions will offer a soft return to racing for Thorpe at what is a vulnerable moment for a world record holder intent on sticking to the shorter distances in favour of what had been his signature event, the 400 metres.

Thorpe will not decide what his programme for 2007-2008 will be until October, when he will sit down with coach Tracy Menzies to discuss his future plans. "Shorter's almost more definite than longer at the moment," said Thorpe. "I've got to race first in some minor meets and then probably around October we'll make our decision on what I'll be swimming in the next 12 months. It will be based towards Beijing."
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Australian Coach To Stand Trial on Sex Charges


11-May-2006 Craig Lord


Mark Graham Thompson, 36, was today ordered by Melbourne Magistrates' Court to stand trial over accusations that he repeatedly sexually abused a male teenage swimmer while he was his coach.

Former coach to Brooke Hanson, Olympic and world medal winner, and an Olympic swimming coach for Australia, Thompson told police that he felt betrayed by a star pupil who had made the claims against him.

Mr Thompson, of Lilydale, pleaded not guilty to 21 charges. Magistrate Felicity Broughton bailed the coach to appear in the County Court in July this year.
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that's bad for ian.... i send him a milion
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everybody loves ian,nothing new so far
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I dont know what's the big deal with Ian. Great swimmer no doubt but what ever. Inge De Bruin can't get her Dutch last name probably. She seems like so happy and jolly, love her intensity too.
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Hackett Back On Top Over 400m

13-May-2006 Craig Lord


Australian Grant Hackett clocked the fastest 400m freestyle time in the world this year at his competitive comeback race six months after shoulder surgery.

The Olympic 1,500m champion's 3:46.99, at the Brisbane round of the Australian Grand Prix circuit, marked the first sub 3:48 swim of the year. Japan's Takeshi Matsuda clocked 3:48.08 last month, while Britain and Scotland's David Carry won the Commonwealth title in 3:48.17 in March.

Hackett's effort prompted the world record holder to predict that he had entered the most successful phase of his career. "I was a bit concerned this week wondering what it was going to feel like racing again and being away from it for so long," he told the gathered media. "I guess I'm a little bit ahead of where I thought I was at this stage. But in the middle part of the race I was probably going a little bit slower to make sure I had enough coming home."

Hackett's last homecoming was faster than his world championship victory swim in Montreal 2005. "I really feel my best swims are yet to come," said Hackett. "If I even thought about retirement right now I would regret it. And I don't think even after Beijing can I see myself retiring. I can see myself going a couple of seasons after that then reassess what I want to do in life."

The repaired shoulder had "not been a concern", he said. "The last time he (doctor) saw it (shoulder) was just before the Commonwealth Games and he told me not to come back - I said I won't take it personally."

The Brisbane meet also saw Leisel Jones clock 1:06.29 over 100m breaststroke. "For me 1:06 now is what I am happy with, it's fairly normal for me," said Jones.
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Manaudou Breaks Evans Record in 4:03.03

12-May-2006 Craig Lord


Laure Manaudou, the French Olympic champion, made good a promise to be the woman who replaced the legendary Janet Evans on the world record books over 400 metres freestyle today in Tour with a Beamonesque 4min 03.03sec victory at her national championships.

The record, the oldest surviving among Olympic events in world swimming, had stood to the American in 4min 03.85sec since September 22, 1988, at the Seoul Olympic Games. It was set in the midst of the days of cold war in the pool between the USA (and much of the rest of the world) v GDR and on her way to three individual gold medals. No other woman has ever raced faster than 4min 05sec and Manaudou now sits four seconds ahead of next best on the current world rankings.

"I was quite nervous after all that had been written in the newspapers. Frankly, I didn't think I would do it," Manaudou said as she emerged from the race.

Evans still holds the oldest record in women's swimming - the 1,500 metres freestyle record she set on March 26, 1988, in Orlando, Florida.

The legend herself issued a statement through USA Swimming, saying: "I want to congratulate Laure on a fantastic swim. It was an honour to have held the 400m freestyle world record for 18 years. I never felt that the record was mine, but that it belonged to all of the friends, family and coaches that helped me achieve it. Now that I am 34 years old, married and pregnant with my first child, I appreciate the accomplishments of great athletes such as Laure even more. My goal was always to make swimming a sport that was appreciated and supported globally. I am very excited that a swimmer from any country in the world can break a world record and be an Olympic gold medallist. I again congratulate Laure and look forward to personally seeing her do the same at World Championships in Melbourne in 2007."

It was a sensational effort from the 20-year-old, who is coached by Philippe Lucas at Melun south of Paris. The record was secured off the back of a 58.30sec opening 100m split. Where Evans swam a negative split, the second 200 metres faster than the first, the Frenchwoman was 1.69sec up on the American's pace at 100m, and 2.53sec ahead of target at half-way, on 2mins 00.00sec.

The splits do the rest of the talking on pace: 28.03 (28.03) 58.30 (30.27) 1:28.90 (30.60) 2:00.00 (31.10) 2:30.85 (30.85) 3:02.07 (31.22) 3:33.05 (30.98) 4:03.03 (29.98).

Manaudou, who once threatened to abandon the tricolour to race in the orange colours of her Dutch mother after an official played down the worth of her world short-course record over 1,500 metres, had promised to make history when she shattered the world short-course records over 400 and 800 metres at the European championships in Trieste last December.

Both Lucas and Manaudou have played down all suggestions that she would attempt to break Evans's record in Tour. While admitting that it would be a "dream come true" to surpass Evans's time, they sang from a sheet that suggested a much longer-term strategy. The moment came sooner rather than later, however, and the gauntlet has now been laid to all those who aspire to the Beijing crown in 2008. The bar has been set high by a swimmer who is no longer a myth, a legend a great who will not trouble those who race today. Manaudou is the marker now.

Elsewhere, Alena Popchanka, for Clichy, took the 100m butterfly crown in 59.19, the equivalent men's title went to Amaury Leveaux, on 52.89, while his Mulhouse teammate Nicolas Rostoucher clocked a championship record of 3:49.08 over 400m freestyle.

But the night belonged to Manaudou and Lucas, who have courted their fair share of controversy since Athens 2004. Then, as a 17-year-old Manaudou took the 400 metres Olympic crown in a European record and the silver medal by fingernails over 800 metres and 100 metres backstroke to help France to its finest hour in the pool in Olympic history. There was not a harsh word to be read about Gaul's new sporting goddess.

A press spokesman and a solicitor were hired to look after her interests, the pool where she trains in Melun was renamed after her, and rumours of six-figure sponsorship deals did the rounds along with news that Arena, the swimwear brand, was to launch a Manaudou collection, ranging from race suits to beach gear.

Nicolas Preault, director of Arena in France, which started to support the young prodigy when she was 13, said in 2004: "For our image she is the perfect combination of our strategy. From the outset, whether she goes to the olympics or a local meet, she wants to win. She is a warrior. On the other hand, she's just a young woman of 18 years who likes music and video games." As Arena's chief female icon, Franziska van Almsick, bowed out of the sport, Manaudou was in place to take over, though her earnings have some way to go to catch up with those of Germany's 200m freestyle world record holder.

Presault described Manaudou's earnings as being "proportional to her stature in sport" but refused to give a precise figure. The company better have been doing well financially these past couple of years, for the bill will surely now become somewhat heftier.

Since 2004, Manaudou and Lucas, who also celebrated a French record for another of his pupil's Esther Baron - with a 2:10.02sec over 200m backstroke - have had a bumpier ride. Provoked by a misjudged comment from the technical director of French swimming and encouraged by the pride and passion stirred in her coach, Manaudou withdrew from the European short-course championships in 2004 and threatened to turn her back on the tricolour to race instead in the orange colours of her Dutch mother.

Happily for France, Manaudou, Lucas and Claude Faquet, technical director of French swimming, agreed a peace of sorts after he implied that her 1,500m had been easy to achieve, stating: "The swimmers made their mark in the water but in the pool there was no turbulence."

What emerged from that episode was a gnashing of teeth in the French press over the tale of a swimmer who quit her local school and flew the family nest at 14 to live under the roof of her coach 500km away. "Is this the price of success?" asked one paper, while another told the story below the provocative headline of "e;The Laure Manaudou affair".

Even the quality daily Le Monde weighed into the debate. Manaudou, we learned, "spent Christmas far away from her family". Her mother, Olga, explained: "We never see her. Her weekends are as busy as her weeks are and she's living 500km away from us but we're getting used to it. It's been three years since she left home. Generally, we're taking the week of the French nationals off to see her but we've also got two sons (14 and 19 years old) who also swim."

Manaudou hails from the small village Villieu-Loyes-Mollon, in the Ains region. She left there at "14 and a half", in Olga's words, to live with Lucas in Melun, in Seine-et-Marne. Since October 9, 200, when she came of age (18) under French law, Manaudou has no longer been living under the same roof as Lucas and has her own apartment. Her boyfriend is fellow swimmer Pierre Henry.

In the same way that her life with her coach has now been called into question, so too has her move away from Lucas, a French federation source telling Le Monde about "concerns about the fact that she is no longer under the watchful eye of adults".

The paper even contacted Claire Carrier, a child psychiatrist and sports doctor, to comment on the health of Manaudou's situation. Carrier said: "She's been robbed of her childhood. That her parents didn't react to it (the recent media storm) is worrying. They've been living apart from her for a long time now. Their daughter grew up for two years with her coach. Her parents are absent at a time when she has spoken publicly about how she feels. In contrast to the situation of Emilie Le Pennec, the Olympic champion gymnast, Laure's parents were absent from Athens." Swimming parents of succesful offspring who work hard for what they achieve heard such psycho-babble before. She also suggested that Lucas has a strange hold on his pupil.

Manaudou rejects all of that as fabrication. She hardly utters a word without praising Lucas's care and attention to the detail of her career. The work is hard, she admits - the regime is one of the toughest in world swimming and started this year with two altiture training camps - but Manaudou says that she had not expected to "go to places where no others have been" without enduring the workloads necessary.

Lucas has defended himself against accusations that he is a control-freak and self-styled guru, saying: "e;Philippe Lucas is not someone who influences his athletes but one who listens to them."e; Manaudou's mother also refuses to see Lucas as a guru. "In order to reach a high level you have to make concessions. That's all this is about. If you are not willing to make this effort, you should stay at your regional, local level."

However critics paint the story of Manaudou's career when all is said and done, one thing is certain: the Lucas formula is working wonders and Manaudou's place in swimming history is assured. In Tour today, she rang the doorbell of greatness. Next stop: Budapest, July 31 to August 6.
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