“Technological Doping” ? Fina cracks down on hi-tech suits

BBC SPORT | Olympics | Fina cracks down on hi-tech suits.

Well it seems like it was bound to happen, the LZR swimsuits worn by 94% of the gold medalists and on 23 of the 25 record breakers in Beijing have now been restricted. Fina has stipulated swimsuits should not cover the neck and must not extend past the shoulders and ankles.

“…matters came to a head in December when 17 world records tumbled at the European Short-Course Championships with the sight of swimmers squeezing into more than one suit in an attempt to compress their bodies and trap air for buoyancy dismaying many observers.”

So I guess I won’t be buying one now. I doubt that it would have really helped me this morning anyway. It makes little difference how fast your suit is if you’re hanging on the wall.

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