Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Swimming records fall: Is there something in the water?

Published: August 11, 2008

BEIJING: He swam so improbably fast, making up so much ground in a foaming, desperate attempt to reach the wall first in the 4x100-meter relay, that Jason Lezak not only won a gold medal for the United States on Monday, but he helped to shatter the world record by nearly four seconds.

That race alone would have provided an astonishing day of swimming at the Summer Olympics, but it was the third world record of the morning and seventh in three days of competition. An eighth record was set during preliminary races later Monday, matching the total number broken at the 2004 Athens Games and threatening to eventually surpass the 14 established at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. Not only are world marks tumbling, but some are being lowered by staggering margins...

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