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The naked swimsuit solution

by | 24th, February 2009

THE sport of swimming is facing a high-tech crisis. In 2008, a staggering 108 world records were broken in the pool, 79 of them by swimmers wearing a cutting-edge Speedo LZR Racer swimsuit.

FINA, swimming’s governing body, met 16 manufacturers, including Speedo, at the weekend and will make some changes to swimsuits’ advantageous design next month.

Duncan Goodhew, one of Britain’s most successful swimmers from the good old days (not to mention one of our most beloved slapheads), has called for high-tech suits to be banned completely.

“It is quite clear that when swimmers cover themselves in material they believe it will make them swim faster they believe it’s a swimming aid. That breaks FINA’s rules already,” Goodhew said this week.

He has a point but it’s very difficult to put the genie back

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