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Japanese swimmers given green light to use Speedo LZR Racer

Japanese swimmers given green light to use Speedo LZR Racer

The Japan Swimming Federation said Tuesday that Japanese swimmers will be allowed to wear Speedo's LZR Racer at the Beijing Olympics.
Kosuke Kitajima, who won the 100 and 200-meter breaststroke at the 2004 Olympics, set a new world record in the Speedo suit in the men's 200 breaststroke on Sunday at the Japan Open.
Kitajima finished in 2 minutes, 07.51 seconds, taking almost a second off the previous mark set by American Brendan Hansen in 2006.
A total of 16 national records were broken by swimmers wearing the Speedo at the Japan Open, prompting Japanese swimming officials to give Japan's swimmers the freedom to choose their swimsuits for Beijing.
Japanese swimmers were contracted to wear domestic suits but Tuesday's decision by the JSF will allow them to choose any suit, including the Speedo.
Since the Speedo was introduced in February, dozens of world records have been set by swimmers wearing the high-tech suit.
Last month, three Japanese sportswear makers, including Mizuno, introduced new versions of high-tech swimsuits intended to compete with Speedo's suit for Beijing.


Updated : 2021-02-27 21:15 GMT+08:00