Sports Topic of The Day - Phelps Breaks Thorpe's 200 Free Record DownUnder at Worlds...

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    Mar 27, 2007 5:10 PM GMT
    I'm not a huge swimming fan - basically pay attention during the Olympics - but U.S.'s Michael Phelps swam the 200 Freestyle in 1 min. 44 secs. to break Austrailia's Ian Thorpe's record at the World Championships in Melbourne. The record was considered my many in the swimming arena as the toughest on the books and one that would last many years.

    Overall, the US began the Worlds by winning 4 of 5 golds and breaking 3 World Records.

    For the swimming experts out there, is there such a thing as a "fast pool" and, if so, what makes a pool fast? I understand in track and field or auto racing, but I'm clueless when it comes to swimming....
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    Mar 27, 2007 11:35 PM GMT
    Fast pools are ones with the least turbulence. State of the art gutters and laneropes cut down on waves, and also the deeper the pool the better. Before today's session at World's, some swimmers were complaining that the pool was slow, noting they could see some waves. They also said the pool was too cloudy, and the warm-up pool was too cold. No one seems to be complaining any more. Hope this helps.