All Swim Medals in LZR Racers!
It was a nail biting race with the US team fiercely defending their title as World Record holders
in the Women’s 4x200m Freestyle Relay Final. Australia took the lead by the 350m split mark,
with Stephanie Rice and Bronte Barratt putting in spectacular efforts to create at least two full
body lengths between them and the competition. China and the US fiercely negotiated the silver,
neck and neck throughout. A jaw dropping final lap witnessed the Chinese over take the USA
and in a dramatic finish the Aussies demolished the World Record by over 5 seconds (7:44.31)
while the Chinese snatched the silver (7:45.93). The USA settled for bronze, 7:46.33.
Eamon Sullivan (AUS) defended his World Record in the tightest race of the day, the Men’s
100m Freestyle Final. It was a race of two Speedo sponsored swimmers with Alain Bernard
(FRA) and Sullivan strokes ahead of the pack from the start. Alain swam away with the gold and
a time of 47.21, while Sullivan took silver (47.32) and Jason Lezak (USA) wearing the Speedo
LZR RACER took bronze (47.67).
Wearing the Speedo LZR RACER the current World and Olympic Record holder Kosuke
Kitajima (JPN) fought a tough battle with Brenton Rikard (AUS) in the Men’s 200m
Breaststroke Final. Taking turns to dominate the lead throughout, the race was tense. Kitajima
broke out in the final lap defending his title and securing the gold with a time of 2:07.64 while
smashing his own Olympic Record by 0.07 seconds. Brenton Rickard (AUS) (2:08.88) picked up
the silver and Hugues Duboscq (FRA) (2:08.94) the bronze, both were wearing the Speedo LZR
RACER. Following the medal ceremony Rickard delved into the stands to find his family for a
Kitajima said; “I’m so relieved. I’m glad that I won this race. I was going to improve my time a
bit more but I guess that to win this race is more important than to set a good time.”
Speedo’s Jessica Schipper (AUS) put in a stirling effort in the Women’s 200m Butterfly Final,