Eamon Sullivan

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Frederick Bousquet smashes Eamon Sullivan's 50m freestyle world record - Melbourne Herald Sun
FRANCE'S Frederick Bousquet has smashed Australian Eamon Sullivan's world 50m freestyle record and became the the first man to break the 21-second barrier. Bousquet, a silver medallist in the 4x100m relay at the Beijing Olympics, swam 20.94sec at the...
Eamon Sullivan to train alongside Alain Bernard leading into world ... - Fox Sports
By Jim Wilson Dual world record-holder Eamon Sullivan says he will train and compete against arch-rival Alain Bernard in the lead-in to the world swimming championships in Rome. Sullivan's 50m and 100m freestyle world records still stand pending a FINA...
Sullivan's coach queries Bernard's swimsuit - ABC Online
The coach of Australian Eamon Sullivan, who lost his 100m freestyle world record to Alain Bernard, has questioned the role the Frenchman's new swimsuit played in the performance. Olympic champion Bernard set a new 100m freestyle record in Montpellier...
New challenges surface for Phelps at Grand Prix - Reuters
Although he rarely competes in the 100 freestyle, Phelps already owns the world's ninth best time in the event with only three men, Frenchmen Alain Bernard and Bousquet and Australian Eamon Sullivan having swum faster. Phelps faces a very different...
Trickett comes close to breaking 100 world mark - Hindu
Competing in the mixed 400-meter freestyle relay with Eamon Sullivan, Matthew Targett and Marieke Guehrer, Trickett clocked 52.89 seconds in the first leg of the event, just 0.10 seconds off the world mark she set at last year's Olympic trials in...
Phelps, others seek FINA action on supersuits - AFP
Australian Eamon Sullivan, whose world records were lost to the Frenchmen, wants a FINA crackdown. "FINA is hopefully going to finally give a ruling on the thickness of suits, the materials to be used and the buoyancy and from what I have heard so far,...
Sporting elite roll up their sleeves to launch national million ... - Guyra Argus
Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan, AFL star Scott West, Ironman Zane Holmes and Rugby League player Nathan Hindmarsh officially launched the 2009 Telstra Assistance Fund, which offers local sports and community clubs the chance to access a share in $1...
Stars back funding - Nyngan Observer
Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan, AFL star Scott West, ironman Zane Holmes and rugby league player Nathan Hindmarsh officially launched the 2009 Telstra Assistance Fund, which offers local sports and community clubs the chance to access a share in $1...
Perkins wants tougher stance on suits - Sky News Australia
Two of those broken world records belonged to Australian Eamon Sullivan. Perkins says the loss of his 50 and 100-metre marks will only make Sullivan more determined for the world championships this year in Rome. 'i've got no doubt that he will double...
Swimming world: "DUEL IN THE POOL" - Paris Côte d'Azur
Eamon Sullivan back in the water after injury "felt his way" winning the individual 100m yesterday in 48"40, backed up the medley relay today in 48"10. the 13 year old Yolane Kukla made her debut in the "Espoirs" winning the freestyle 50 m in 25"48 and...

Eamon Sullivan

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Eamon Sullivan (born 30 August 1985 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian Sprint Swimmer. He is the current world record holder for the 50 m Freestyle and the 100m Freestyle.

In April 2002 at the Australian Age Championships, Sullivan won the 50 m freestyle and came second in 100 m in his age group, and swam for Australia at Trans Tasman series with no dramatic result.

In April 2003 at Brisbane in the Fisher & Paykel Australian Age Championships, he won gold in the 100 m freestyle in 51.34 s and a bronze in the in 4×100 m freestyle.

In April 2004 he stood 2nd for the semi-final of the 100 m freestyle at the 2004 Olympic Trials and then he was selected for the Australian Olympic Team by finishing fourth in the final. In April the same year he captured another gold in 100 m free and a silver in 50 m free at Perth Fisher & Paykel Australian Age Championships.

At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens Eamon as the youngest male in the Australian Olympic Team improved his PB (Personal Best) in the heat time that gained him a block in the final of the 4x100 m freestyle, in which Australia came sixth.

In July 2005 he was sidelined with a hip injury and missed the World Aquatics Championships in Canada.

In August 2005 at the Melbourne Australian Short Course Championships, he won his first national title in the 100 m Freestyle in 47.91 s scoring the fifth fastest time by an Australian and a bronze medal in the 50 m freestyle in 22.08 s, and was selected on to the Australian Team to compete at the World Short Course Championships in China in April 2006.

In March 2006 he won gold in 4x100 m medley and silver in 4×100 m freestyle at Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games setting a new Commonwealth record. He also anchored the 4x100m freestyle relay to capture silver.

In December 2006 at the Australian National Championships he broke the 50 m national record in 22.00 s and became the fastest swimmer Australia had ever seen.

In March 2007 at the 12th FINA World Championships in Melbourne he added up to his progress as a quality sprinter by gaining his first individual medal at a World Championship, placing third in 100 m free (only 0.04 s behind the two gold medalists who dead heated) and fifth in 50 m freestyle. He also showed a great freestyle performance in achievement of the Australia's ninth gold medal in 4×100 m Medley Relay in a time of 3:34.93 in front of Japan and Russia.

In July 2007 Sullivan had an alerting win in 50 m free at the Santa Clara International Invitational Grand Prix in California in 22.30 s. In the same month he clocked 21.62 s to slash 0.07 s off Brett Hawke's seven year old 50 m Short Course Australian record at Telstra Grand Prix2 in Canberra. He set another National Record at FINA/ARENA World Cup at SOPAC in the heats of the 100 m freestyle clocking a time of 47.29 s shaving 0.26 s of his previous best set in Canberra earlier that year.

In February 2008 he broke the 50 m Freestyle World Record and 100 m freestyle Commonwealth Record in NSW Open Championships in Sydney.

On 26 March 2008 he swam the second-fastest time in history with time of 47.52 in the men's 100 m Freestyle final at the 2008 Australian Olympic Trials at SOPAC.

On 27 March 2008, he broke the world record again, going 21.41 in the Men's 50 m Freestyle and a day later he even improved his record to 21.28s.

Eamon has also sustained several injuries throughout his career. He has struggled with hip operations and shoulder sprain.

On 11 August 2008 at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, leading off Australia in the Men's 4 x 100 m Freestyle Relay final he set a new world record for the 100 m Freestyle with a time of 47.24 seconds. Australia ultimately claimed bronze in the Relay in what is largely quoted as the greatest swimming relay race in history .

In the subsequent individual 100 m Freestyle event at the Olympics 2008, Sullivan emerged as the fastest swimmer from the heats with a time of 47.89 s. In the first semi-final, Alain Bernard of France re-claimed the World Record set by Sullivan in the relay with a time of 47.20 s. Five minutes later Sullivan reclaimed the 100 m Freestyle World Record in the second semi-final in time of 47.05 s.

In the finals Sullivan claimed the silver medal, edged out by Bernard by 0.11 s.

In the 50m final at the Olympics, Sullivan was a favorite to take home the gold but finished in a surprising 6th place after his goggles flooded during his dive.

Australian Eamon Sullivan became the fastest swimmer in history after he broke the world 50 m freestyle record at the 2008 NSW Open Championships at Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre. He timed 21.56 to slash 0.08 off the 21.64 set by the Russian Alexander Popov at Moscow in June 2000. However his time was beaten to 21.50 by French Alain Bernard on 23 March 2008, He significantly improved his last PB standing at 22.00 s. He declared he had had positive feelings of being in a good form for the race earlier on. Shortly after, he swam for West Coast club in the 4×100 m freestyle Relay and clocked 48.11 s, cutting 0.07 off Michael Klim record set for Australian relay at the 2000 Olympics. His time was also a Commonwealth record, knocking 0.06 s off the previous time gained by South African Roland Schoeman.

On 27 March 2008 at Australian Olympic Trials at the same venue he regained his shot as the 50 m freestyle world record holder with a time of 21.41 s, then broke his own record a day later with 21.28 s.

On 11 August 2008, he broke the 100 meter freestyle world record in the first leg of the 4x100 relay with a time of 47.24, Australia finished under the previous world record, broke the Oceania record and finished third in the relay in a time of 3.09.91. Before the Olympics, the Australian record was 3.13.67 in winning the event at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. On 13 August 2008, after losing his world record to the previous holder Alain Bernard, Sullivan clocked 47.05 s to set another world record.

Eamon Sullivan is the current World Record Holder of the Men's 100 m Freestyle and Men's 50 m Freestyle.

Sullivan was romantically linked with fellow Australian swimmer and individual world record holder Stephanie Rice, however they ended their 2 year relationship in July 2008, just prior to the Beijing Olympics. The couple lived in separate states of Australia, (Sullivan in WA and Rice in Queensland) and said the stress of living so far apart and of course the impending Olympics caused the split of Australia's "Glamour Couple" who once posed together in highly publicized underwear advertisements.

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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 4 x 100 metre freestyle relay

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The Men's 4×100 metre freestyle relay event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 10th (qualification) and 11 August (final) at the Beijing National Aquatics Centre. This swimming event used freestyle as a relay, with swimmers typically using the front crawl. Because an Olympic size swimming pool is 50 metres long, each of the four swimmers completed two lengths of the pool. The first swimmer had to touch the wall before the second could leave the starting block; timing of the starts was thus important.

Two heats were held, with each containing the maximum number of teams (eight). The heat in which a team competed did not formally matter for advancement, as the teams with the top eight times from the entire field qualified for the final; there, they all competed in a single final heat to earn final placements. A team could use different swimmers in the final than had swum in the heats.

There were 16 NOCs competing at this event. These 16 NOCs consisted of the 12 best placed teams at the 2007 World Aquatics Championships plus the 4 best times after the qualifying period.

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.

In the heats, the teams with the Top 6 times all swam past the previous Olympic Record; three of which swam faster than the pre-Olympic World Record.

Also, in heat 1 of this event, Amaury Leveaux of France set a new men's 100 metre freestyle Olympic record as the lead-off swimmer. Later Eamon Sullivan of Australia bested this and set a new world record as the lead-off swimmer in the final. This record was later surpassed in the men's 100 metre freestyle semi-final 1 by French swimmer Alain Bernard. Sullivan promptly took the record back in the second semi-final.

In the finals, a team had to break the world record set in the heats the day before just to simply finish in the Top 5.

In the heats, the USA team set a world record with a team missing some of America's major stars such as Michael Phelps. France and Australia also went faster than the old record even though they rested Alain Bernard and Eamon Sullivan respectively. During the heats, all five of the continental records were broken.

In the final, the United States, France, Australia, Italy, and Sweden teams all finished within the World Record time set by the American team in the heats, the Canada team finished within what was the World record prior to the 2008 Olympics, and all of the teams finished within what was the Olympic record prior to the 2008 Olympics. The world record time was reduced by over 2% during the course of the heats and the final.

The faster times can also be seen in contrast to the 2004 Olympics in Athens, in which the South African squad took home the gold medal in world-record fashion. South Africa returned all four members of that 2004 relay team to these Olympics, and they even bettered their previous world-record time by 0.51 s, yet they finished a distant 7th place in Beijing. In fact, all 8 teams swimming in the 2008 finals swam faster than South Africa's gold medal swim of 2004.

It is also possible for the swimmers in the first leg to break records for the 100 m freestyle. In the heats, Amaury Leveaux of France broke the Olympic record, while the world record fell to Australian Eamon Sullivan in the final. Split times for swimmers not swimming the first leg are ineligible because the incoming swimmer can lean over in front of the blocks and be diving as the preceding swimmer is coming in, whereas the leadoff swimmer is timed from a stationary start. Thus, the world record was Sullivan's, even though five swimmers in the finals alone had faster times, including Jason Lezak, whose 46.06 seconds is the fastest individual leg in a 100 m freestyle or medley relay in history. Two days later, Alain Bernard reclaimed the record for France, recording a 47.20 time in the first semifinal of the 100m freestyle, only to have Sullivan break the record again, winning the second semifinal in 47.05 seconds.

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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 50 metre freestyle

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The men's 50 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place between August 14 and 16, at the Beijing National Aquatics Center. This swimming event is 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 consists entirely of a single length of the pool.

Thirteen 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 sixteen times from the entire field qualified for the semifinals. Two semifinal heats of eight swimmers each were held. The swimmers with the eight fastest times again advanced to the finals; there, they all competed in a single final heat to earn final placements.

The qualifying norms for the 2008 event were 22.35 seconds (A norm) and 23.13 seconds (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.

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.

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2007 FINA Swimming World Cup

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The 2007 FINA Swimming World Cup occurred in autumn 2007. It is an international series of short-course meters (25m) swimming competitions organised by the International Swimming Federation.

The 2007 edition marked a return to all World Cup meets being held in the same year for a given series, with them all being held within October and November 2007. Swimmers from the members of the FINA are allowed to compete.

The events are the same for all meets. All events are swum in prelims finals except for 800 m and 1500 m Freestyle, which are swum in timed finals. The meet are held over two days, with prelims in the mornings and finals in the evening, with the noted exception of the Brazilian meets where prelims will be in the evening with finals the following morning (hence the 3-day format).

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List of Olympic medalists in swimming (men)

This is the complete list of men's Olympic medalists in swimming from 1896 to 2008.

Note: since 1992, swimmers who swam only in preliminary rounds also received medals.

Note: since 1992, swimmers who swam only in preliminary rounds also received medals.

Note: since 1992, swimmers who swam only in preliminary rounds also received medals.

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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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Swimming at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's 100 metre freestyle

The Men's 100 metre freestyle event at the 2008 Olympic Games took place between August 12 and 14 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 two lengths of the pool.

Nine 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 sixteen times from the entire field qualified for the semifinals. Two semifinal heats of eight swimmers each were held. The swimmers with the eight fastest times again advanced to the finals; there, they all competed in a single final heat to earn final placements.

The qualifying norms were for the 2008 event were 49.23 seconds (A norm) and 50.95 seconds (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.

Two bronze medals were awarded because both medalists achieved the same result to the millisecond.

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.

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Source : Wikipedia