No LZR Racer? You’re done

11 06 2008

“If swimmers don’t wear the LZR Racer, they won’t be able to compete in Beijing Olympics.”

That’s the assertion from one of Japan’s top coaches for the nation’s Olympic Swim Team. And this assertion that wearing the Speedo LZR Racer presents a huge advantage has been born out by results recently for Japanese swimmers.
Wearing the LZR Racer, at the Japan Open held at Tokyo Tatsumi International Swimming Center last Friday, 5 national records were broken.

  • Kosuke Kitajima broke his own record, setting a new record in the final of the men’s 100-meter breaststroke…
  • Haruka Ueda broke a national record that had stood for nine years in the final of the women’s 200 meter freestyle…
  • Yoshihiro Okumura set a new record in the men’s 200 meter freestyle…
  • Takeshi Matsuda broke the record in the men’s 200 meter butterfly…
  • Reiko Nakamura set the new standard in the women’s 100 meters backstroke…

All were wearing the Speedo LZR Racer.
The Japanese Swim team has contracts with 3 manufacturers, Mizuno, Descente and Asics. And as such, use of the Speedo swimsuit is banned for the Olympics.
But as the 3 have as yet not been able to come up with an alternate suit that replicates the results. This is probably going to lead to the Japanese Swimming Federation lifting it’s ban on the Speedo suits.

When asked what he thought of the Speedo LZR Racer when compared to other suits, all Kitajima just said:

“The Speedo suit is great…”


Top Sports Stories in Japan… (August 24)

24 08 2007

Nice Hitomi, nice…Well… good to see a lil’ controversy on the boards (thanks Riddler!)… nice day today. Not so stinkin’ hot!

So… the top sports headlines in Japan are:

Top Sports Stories in Japan… (August 23)

23 08 2007

Well… she’s still hot!Nice… raining today, and much, much cooler. About time.

Anyway, today’s top sports headlines in Japan!