Swimming

Swimming is set to be a major feature of the Beijing Olympics. The new LZR racer high tech swimsuits are sure to help set a lot of new world records. Attention will be placed on U.S. swimmer Michael Phelps to see if he can win eight gold medals and beat Mark Spit’s record. The new swimming center is also going to be a highlight.

Venue: National Aquatic center

10 facts about Michael Phelps

1. Listens to hip hop to get in the mood for a big race.
2. Eats eight fried eggs, eight slices of toast and a whole melon for breakfast.
3. Was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol in November 2004.
4. To motivate himself for the 2004 Olympics he stitched the single word ‘Athens’ in his [...]

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Maarten van der Weijden from the Netherlands said his experience battling cancer helped him won the gold medal in the men’s 10km marathon swim. He was diagnosed with leukaemia in 2001 but has since come back stronger.
“The leukaemia has taught me to think step-by-step,” said the brave Dutchman who raised 50,000 euros [...]

Maarten van der Weijden of the Netherlands narrowly won the gold medal in the men’s 10km swimming marathon with a time of 1:51:51.6.
David Davies of Great Britain won the silver medal with a time of 1:51:53.1. Thomas Lurz of Germany won the bronze medal with a time of 1:51:53.6.

Russia’s Larisa Ilchenko has won the women’s 10km marathon swim at the Beijing Olympics setting a time of 1 hour 59 minutes and 27 seconds.

Keri-Anne Payne from Great Britain won the silver medal and Cassie Patten also from Great Britain won the bronze medal.
“I’m very happy, It was a really hard race,” Ilchenko told reporters. [...]

Michael Phelps has broken Mark Spitz’s record of most gold medals at a single Olympic games by winning his eighth gold medal, with the help of his team mates in the 4×100 meter medley relay.
Eight gold medals in eight races is a spectacular performance.
The team also set a new world record in the [...]

Australia has won the women’s 4×100 medley relay setting a new world record time of 3:52.69.
Australia:
SEEBOHM Emily
JONES Leisel
SCHIPPER Jessicah
TRICKETT Lisbeth
United States:
COUGHLIN Natalie
SONI Rebecca
MAGNUSON Christine
TORRES Dara
China’s team:
ZHAO Jing
SUN Ye
ZHOU Yafei
PANG Jiaying

Oussama Mellouli from Tunisia has won the gold medal in the men’s 1500m freestyle, a race which Grant Hackett from Australia was favorite to win and had won at the previous two Olympics. Mellouli won the race in 14:40.84.
Hackett still managed to win the silver medal and Ryan Cochrane from Canada won the bronze.