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2009-08-01 17:53:03

American Michael Phelps set the world record in the 100-meter butterfly final at the World Swim Championships Saturday. Phelps beat Serbian Milorad Cavic in a rematch of last summer's Olympics, when Phelps narrowly edged Cavic by 1/100th of a second for a gold medal. But Friday Cavic set the world record with a time of 50.01 seconds during the semifinals. Phelps had to come from behind to reclaim the record Saturday. He was fourth at the halfway turn and a half-body length behind Cavic with...

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2009-07-31 15:35:18

The Switzerland-based international governing body for the professional swimming world, FINA, says it will ban polyurethane suits starting Jan. 1. Under the new ban, all swimmers will be required to wear swimming suits made out of either textiles or woven materials, The New York Times said Friday. The ban will also require female swimmers to limit their suit to covering the area between their shoulders and their kneecaps. Male swimmers will be asked to restrict their suits to the area between...

2009-07-30 13:44:00

SILVER SPRING, Md., July 30 /PRNewswire/ -- Planet Green announced today the addition of five exceptional titles to Reel Impact, its new weekly documentary strand set to launch in September. This powerful and eclectic two-hour block debuts with the world television premieres of The Last Beekeeper and A Sea Change. The strand will also present highly acclaimed classic films like Leonardo DiCaprio's The 11(th) Hour, An Inconvenient Truth and Who Killed the Electric Car? and high-profile...

2009-07-27 15:07:59

Records continued to fall Monday at the 2009 FINA World Swim Championships in Rome with five swimmers turning in unprecedented times. Not among them, though, was American Aaron Peirsol, who failed to qualify for the 100-meter backstroke final. Peirsol has won the past two Olympic gold medals in the event but finished ninth overall in the semifinals in 53.22, well off the world record time off 51.94 he set July 8. He missed the finals by 0.1 second. The record-setting performances came the...

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2009-07-26 18:17:57

Six world records fell Sunday in the World Swim Championships in Rome. Germany's Paul Biedermann set a world record with a time of 3:40.07 in the 400-meter freestyle. Italian Federica Pellegrini broke her own world time in the women's 400-meter freestyle, finishing in 3:59.15. Germany's Britta Steffen beat her own record with a time of 52.22 in the opening leg of the 4x100 freestyle relay. American Ariana Kukors set a world mark of 2:07.03 in the 200-meter individual medley, Swede Sara...

2009-02-16 13:58:44

World-class U.S. swimmer Jessica Hardy is battling a Texas nutrition company over allegedly contaminated dietary supplements, documents show. Hardy, a four-time world champion from Long Beach, Calif., and AdvoCare International of Carrollton, Texas, have filed lawsuits against each other. Hardy alleges AdvoCare cost her a spot on the Beijing Olympics U.S. women's swimming team because its supplements caused her to test positive for a banned drug, The Dallas Morning News reported Monday. The...

2009-02-12 07:03:00

AUSTIN, Texas, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- PureSport, the patent-pending performance drink that is revolutionizing the sports drink category, is continuing its rapid rise from Olympian's secret weapon to mainstream sports drink with a number of major distribution, athlete, product and personnel announcements. Launched in July 2008, Pure Sport took center stage at the Beijing Olympics thanks to Olympic gold medalists Michael Phelps, Brendan Hansen, Ian Crocker, Aaron Peirsol and Nastia Liukin,...

2008-12-15 08:00:00

Multiple Titles to be Developed by 505 Games' New U.S. Operations for Distribution Worldwide LOS ANGELES, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time, and global videogame publisher, 505 Games, announced today a new partnership to develop next generation console and iPhone videogames. The first title is scheduled to release in spring 2010 and will be developed by 505 Games' newly formed U.S. operations in Los Angeles. 505 Games also has European offices...

2008-12-02 08:54:00

NEW YORK, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Sports Illustrated Group Editor Terry McDonell announced today that Michael Phelps is the 2008 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year. Phelps is SI's 55th Sportsman of the Year and joins Muhammad Ali, Lance Armstrong, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus and Tiger Woods, among other athletic greats who have received this award. (Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20081202/NY49370 ) The SI Sportsman of the Year is presented annually to the...

2008-10-01 00:00:54

By Simon Usborne Are waterproof MP3 players music to swimmers' ears - or are they simply a washout? Simon Usborne tests the new aquatic gadgets that are flooding the market Man has gone to great lengths to make exercise less mind- numbingly boring. Visitors to gyms have it pretty good - TV screens show music channels, while rowers and runners can compete in virtual races via built-in computers. And outdoors, joggers have the ubiquitous iPod. But what about swimmers? Thrashing up and...


Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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