WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
June 16, 2012
South Florida Aquatic Club’s Vlad Polyakov of Kazakhstan won the 100-meter breaststroke Saturday night at the Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Bahamas National Swimming Championships.
Polyakov, 28, seeded first with a best time 1:01.48 went 1:01.93 in morning prelims and 1:02.17 in finals to win, holding off Jorge Murillo of Davie Nadadores, second in 1:02.77.
The FINA “A” qualifying breaststroke time is 1:00.79 and “B” invite time is 1:02.92, which Polyakov already has dipped under.
Polyakov already earned his third trip to an Olympic Games with his country’s qualification in the medley relay.
Also at the Betty Kelly Kenning National Swim Complex, SOFLO’s Sharntelle McLean, 27, of Trinidad and Tobago is attempting to make her third Olympic team in the 50-meter freestyle.
In the 100-meter freestyle, McLean earned a fifth seed in 59.17 during morning prelims. In finals she went after it in the first 50 with a 26.98 split and finished in 1:07.21. The FINA “A” time is 25.27 and “B” time is 26.15 for the 50-meter freestyle.
On Sunday, she will have another chance in the 50-meter freestyle. Polyakov plans on competing in the 200-meter breaststroke.
Former Comets swimmer Natasha Moodie, 21, a member of the 2008 Olympic team for Jamaica, was originally seeded in the meet but did not compete, remaining home in South Florida.
The Olympic-qualifying meet features seven swim clubs and more than 300 swimmers including several swimmers trying for FINA qualifying times for the 2012 London Games before Monday’s FINA deadline.
Sette Colli Meet
Four more meet records were broken on the third and final day of the Seven Hills Trophy Meet in Rome.
Japan’s Aya Terakawa broke her second meet record in two days in the 200-meter backstroke in a career-best 2:07.73.
Japan’s Ryosuke Irie set a record in the men’s 200-meter backstroke in 1:55.05. Irie, the fastest backstroker in the world this year, now has the five fastest times since the 2011 World Championships.
Germany’s Marco Koch broke a meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:08.74, his fastest time of the year. He has now cracked 2:10 at three meets over five weeks.
Brazilian Thiago Pereira bounced back from a disappointing 400 IM to win the 200-meter individual medley in meet record in 1:57.94.
In other races:
In a three-way battle in the men’s 100-meter freestyle, Sebastian Verschuren won in 49.09 ahead of Cuban Hanser Garcia in 49.10 and Fabien Gilot in 49.12.
In a bit of a shocker, Brazilian Cesar Cielo failed to make the medal stand in the 100-meter freestyle. He swam 50.01 in prelims and 49.07 in finals. Italians Luca Dotto and Filipo Magnini also failed to make the “A” final.
Italian Federica Pellegrini won the women’s 200-meter freestyle in 1:56.32 sweeping the middle distance events.
Denmark’s Lotte Friis won the women’s 800-meter freestyle in 8:22.10 followed by South African Wendy Trott in 8:25.71.
Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark won in 2:24.35, her fastest time of the season.
Italian teenager Grigorio Paltrinieri, 17, won the 1500-meter freestyle in 14:58.33, the first time a swimmer has broken 15 minutes in the world this year. Teammate Gabriele Dette, also 17, was second in 15:02.45.
Japan’s Izumi Kato won the women’s 200-meter individual medley in 2:13.64.
It’s official. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong is out of the Ironman. In an emergency meeting called Friday night, the World Triathlon Corporation’s Board of Directors decided to leave in place the anti-doping policy because of the doping investigation of Armstrong by USADA. Because he is being investigated for taking performance-enhancing drugs during his cycling career, he is no longer allowed to compete in any Ironman event until the investigation is closed. He is limited to racing in triathlons not owned by the WTC…
Michael Phelps, the sport’s top ambassador, is talking about the importance of kids having access to public pools to enable them to not only learn to swim but flourish as a swimmer, much like he did. “There are a lot of pools being shut down, and kids are not able to come out and enjoy it like I did growing up,” Phelps said. “I think over time, hopefully, I will have the opportunity to make an impact to cities and states all over the world and hopefully, be able to change that.”Added his coach Bob Bowman, “It is like everything else in politics. And it is just not swimming or pools, it is physical education in general. It is crazy to me that we don’t value it more.”…
The first FINA World Junior Open Water Swimming Championships will be held in Welland, Canada, Aug. 16-19…
Olympian Natalie Coughlin seems to be the “It Girl” for the media in swimming. She is featured in the July issue of Marie Claire. Coughlin raises chickens for eggs and grows her own vegetables and herbs and endorses mustard baths for aches and pains. She is also in Vogue Magazine and Glamour.
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