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Double gold medallist Rebecca Adlington returns to her hometown of Mansfield. The heroes of the Beijing Olympics return home to Heathrow with their gold medals on show. Team GB set a medal record in Beijing with an impressive 19 golds....
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The British Swimming Team, including double gold-medal winner Rebecca Adlington, visited the Aquatics Centre on Saturday as part of their preparations for this summer's World Swimming Championship, a major stepping stone to the London 2012 Games....
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Rebecca Adlington has been submerged in glory since last year's Beijing Games, and nothing has changed judging by our exclusive shot of the 400m and 800m Olympic freestyle gold medallist. Rebecca was pictured in Nottingham, where she received The Ian...
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Beijing gold medal winner Rebecca Adlington, silver medallist David Davies and bronze medallist Joanne Jackson were among the visitors at the east London construction site. One of the highlights of the day was viewing the progress of the Aquatic...
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The British swimming squad, including double Olympic champion Rebecca Adlington, have visited the London 2012 Aquatics Centre. Adlington joined team mates including 400m freestyle world record holder Joanne Jackson and David Davies, the 10km open swim...
Hoff admits flaws but wins 800m freestyle - Universal Sports
The heartbreaker was the 400m freestyle, in which she finished 0.07 seconds behind gold-medalist Rebecca Adlington and settled for silver. It was tough on Hoff, she admits, but she knows now that her loaded schedule had a lot to do with her lackluster...
Times man scoops rare interview with Olympic star - Bromley Times
Olympic gold swimming champion Rebecca Adlington has slammed plans to axe the 800m freestyle for London 2012 - the title she hopes to defend on home soil. At just 19-years-old she took an historic gold in the women's 400m freestyle in Beijing last...
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Olympic Games champion swimmer Rebecca Adlington has reveals how swimming can help one to stay slim. Japanese swimwear makers have developed cutting-edge swimsuits to compete with Speedo's revolutionary LZR Racer suit. The Conejo Valley YMCA swim team...
Jones wants League Two Stags action - This is Nottingham
He said: "I came to Mansfield early last season with Kiddeminster and it was a great atmosphere after Rebecca Adlington had just won her swimming medals. "It's a great ground to play at and the facilities are a lot better than a lot in this league too....

British Swimming Championships (50 m) 2008

The British Swimming Championships (50 m) 2008 were held at the Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheffield from 31 March to 6 April 2008. They also doubled as the trials for the Beijing Olympic Games.

To qualify for the Olympic team, swimmers had to achieve the FINA A standards in the heats, and finish in the first 2 in the respective final. Three swimmers (Liam Tancock, 100 m backstroke, David Davies 1500 m free, and Kirsty Balfour, 200 m breaststroke) pre-qualified due to their performances in the 2007 World Championships.

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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's 800 metre freestyle

The Women's 800 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place between August 14 and 16, at the Beijing National Aquatics Center. This swimming event used freestyle swimming, which means that the method of the stroke is not regulated (unlike backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly events). Nearly all swimmers use the front crawl or a variant of that stroke. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, this race consisted of sixteen lengths of the pool.

Five heats were held, with most containing the maximum number of swimmers (eight). The heat in which a swimmer competed did not formally matter for advancement, as the swimmers with the top eight times from the entire field qualified for the finals; there, they all competed in a single final heat to earn final placements.

The qualifying norms for the 2008 event were 8:36.00 (A norm) and 8:54.04 (B norm). NOCs with two or more swimmers meeting the A standard could enter any two such swimmers; otherwise, they could enter a single swimmer meeting the B standard.

The women's 800 metre event was unusual on the 2008 Olympic swimming programme in that there was no direct equivalent for men. Instead, the men's longest freestyle event was at 1500 metres and men did not swim an 800 metre freestyle event. For all other swimming events in 2008, the men's and women's programmes were identical.

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

During the competition, Rebecca Adlington broke the Olympic Record in a preliminary heat. Thus, prior to the running of the final heat, Brooke Bennett's 2000 time was no longer the most current record to beat.

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List of Olympic records in swimming

Michael Phelps holds five individual and three team Olympic swimming records.

The International Olympic Committee recognises the fastest performances in pool-based swimming events at the Olympic Games. Men's swimming has been part of the Summer Olympics since the Games' modern inception in 1896; it was not until 1912 that women competed against each other. The swimming events at the 1896 Olympic Games were held in a bay in the Aegean Sea with swimmers being required to swim to the shore—Hungarian swimmer Alfréd Hajós won two gold medals that year, saying "My will to live completely overcame my desire to win." The 1900 Games in Paris saw the swimming events take place in the River Seine while the 1908 events were hosted in a 100 m pool located within an athletics track in the White City Stadium in London.

Races are held in four swimming strokes: freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and butterfly, over varying distances and in either individual or relay race events. In the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, both men and women competed in sixteen events in the pool, each sex in the same events with the exceptions of the 800 m freestyle (women-only) and the 1500 m freestyle (men-only). Olympic records were broken on a total of 66 occasions, eventually leaving just two outstanding from earlier Games – Australian Ian Thorpe's record in the 400 m freestyle and Dutch female swimmer Inge de Bruijn's 100 m butterfly record, both from the 2000 Games in Sydney, Australia. Of the 32 pool-based events, swimmers from the United States hold eleven records, Australia eight, two each to Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, and Zimbabwe, and one each to Brazil, China and Great Britain.

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Freestyle swimming

Start of the women's 400 m freestyle at the 2008 Euros.

Freestyle is an unregulated swimming style used in swimming competitions according to the rules of FINA. The front crawl stroke is almost universally used during a freestyle race, as this style is generally the fastest. As such the term freestyle is often used as a synonym for the front crawl.

Competitors in freestyle swimming can use any of the unregulated strokes such as front crawl, dog paddle, or sidestroke. Standalone freestyle events can also be swum using one of the officially regulated strokes (breaststroke, butterfly, and backstroke). For the freestyle part of medley competitions, however, one cannot use breaststroke, butterfly, or backstroke. Most competitive swimmers choose the front crawl during freestyle competitions, as this style provides the greatest speed. Freestyle competitions have also been swum completely and partially in other styles, especially at lower ranking competitions as some swimmers find their backstroke quicker than their front crawl. During the Olympic Games, front crawl is swum almost exclusively during freestyle.

Times have consistently dropped over the years due to better training techniques and to new developments in the sport.

In the first four Olympics, competitions were not held in pools, but, rather, in open water (1896- the Mediterranean Sea, 1900- the Seine river, 1904- an artificial lake, 1906- the Mediterranean Sea). The 1904 Olympics freestyle race was the only one ever measured at 100 yards, instead of the usual 100 metres. A 100 metre pool was built for the 1908 Olympics and sat in the centre of the main stadium's track and field oval. The 1912 Olympics, held in the Stockholm harbour, marked the beginning of electronic timing.

Male swimmers wore full body suits up until the 1940s, which caused more drag in the water than their modern swimwear counterparts. Also, over the years, some design considerations have reduced swimming resistance making the pool faster - namely proper pool depth, elimination of currents, increased lane width, energy-absorbing racing lane lines and gutters, and the use of other innovative hydraulic, acoustic and illumination designs.

The 1924 Olympics were the first to use the standard 50 metre pool with marked lanes. In the freestyle, swimmers originally dove from the pool walls, but diving blocks were eventually incorporated at the 1936 Olympics. The tumble turn ("flip-turn") was developed by the 1950s. The Trudgen, introduced in England in the 1880s, has been completely supplanted by the front crawl, also known as the Australian crawl.

There are eight common competitions swum in freestyle swimming, both over either a long course (50 m pool) or a short course (25 m pool). The United States also employs short course yards (25 yard pool). Of course, other distances are also swum on occasion.

Young swimmers (typically 8 years old and younger) may swim a 25 yard or 25 metre freestyle event. These shorter events are usually for swimmers who are slower than similarly aged swimmers or may have difficulty swimming longer distances.

In the long distance races of 800 m and 1500 m, meets hosted by FINA (including the Olympics) only have the 800 m distance for women and the 1500 m distance for men. However, FINA does keep records in the 1500 metre distance for women and the 800 metre distance for men, and many meets in the United States have both distances for both genders.

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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics

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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics was held over a thirteen day period from August 9 to August 21, with the conventional events ending on August 17 and the new marathon 10 km events being held on August 20 and 21. All swimming events (except the two marathon 10 km events) took place at the Beijing National Aquatics Center.

All the swimming, synchronized swimming, and diving events of the 2008 Olympics were held at the Beijing National Aquatics Center (better known as the "Water Cube"), which was claimed to be built to increase the speed of the swimmers. The main pool is about 10 feet (3.0 m) deep, 3 feet (0.91 m) deeper than any other Olympic pool. The lane lines, nicknamed "wave eaters", buffer the waves produced by swimmers while they stroke. The technological advances of the pool were enhanced by several advantages inherent to an indoor swimming venue, namely: temperature, humidity and lighting control. Even the wide decks were built to help give the swimmers a sense of space.

Another big change to swimming occurred when Speedo launched the LZR Racer swim suits on February 13, 2008. The suits, developed by NASA and the Australian Institute of Sport, were designed to repel water, allow oxygen to flow to the muscles, and hold the body in a more hydrodynamic position. The suits had been proven to give the swimmer a lower time by 1.9 to 2.2%. Due to the advantage provided by the suits, some swimmers complained about the fairness in its use; even the official blog for the National Collegiate Athletic Association pondered whether they were "technology doping" and what was the difference between gaining advantage from a swimsuit and gaining advantage from performance-enhancing drugs. In response to these complaints, the International Swimming Federation (FINA) scheduled a meeting with Speedo to discuss the suits. After the meeting, FINA dismissed the claims of cheating, and endorsed the suits for future swimming meets. By August 14, 2008, 62 world records had been broken by swimmers wearing the LZR Racer.

A National Olympic Committee (NOC) may enter up to 2 qualified athletes in each individual event if both meet the A standard, or 1 athlete per event if they meet the B standard. An NOC may also enter a maximum of 1 qualified relay team per event. NOCs may enter swimmers regardless of time (1 swimmer per sex) if they have no swimmers meeting qualifying B standard. The qualifying time standards must be obtained in Continental Championships, National Olympic Trials or International Competitions approved by FINA in the period March 15, 2007 to July 15, 2008.

In relay competitions, the top 12 finishers per event at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships shall be qualified. The 4 other teams will be selected by FINA based on the results in the qualifying period.

A nation may qualify up to two marathon swimmers per event.

Retrieved from Beijing Olympics 2008 Official Website.

At the 2008 Summer Olympics, new world swimming records were set 25 times (affecting 21 distinct world records) and new Olympic swimming records were set 65 times and one other was equalled (affecting 30 distinct Olympic records). Only Ian Thorpe's 3:40.59 in the 400 metres freestyle and Inge de Bruijn's 56.61 in the 100 metres butterfly both set in Sydney remain Olympic records. Michael Phelps of the United States also broke the record for the most gold medals ever won by an Olympian with a total of 14; 8 of which were won during the 2008 Summer Olympics - this is also a world record.

Also, at the 4×100 m freestyle relay final, anchor Jason Lezak swam the fastest 100 m split (46.06); however, this is not considered an official FINA record, as he did not swim the first leg.

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Source : Wikipedia