^^You get to swim in the middle lanes in the final by qualifying with the fastest time in the heat. Michael earned those middle lanes.
It is an incentive to try your best in the heats instead of just doing enough to qualify. That way the paying public are getting to see some decent heat swims.
As an aside the FINA rules state no buoyancy devices should be used. My understanding is the swim suits are assisting with flotation.
I think it is bad for the sport to allow them to be used and then change the rules. It means that very few records will be broken in the future which may cause people to lose interest in the sport. As FINA has allowed the suits, they should now keep them in.
By changing the rules they just appear incompetent.
(And I believe that this has happened to Speedo before if my memory serves right. Speedo's does a lot of R&D, and then it's ended up having to pass on the basics to competitors before major competitions to keep the playing field level. I swear this happened with the papers suits back in the day, but I'm not going to try to look that up.)
Bowman's comments about Phelps not swimming until the ban is in place was a response to FINA's back pedalling about when the ban was going to be implemented. FINA originally came out and said that the polyurethane bodysuits would be illegal starting January 1, 2010. Then, the same day as Phelps' loss in the 200 Free, FINA then said, "Well, the ban might not go into effect until April or May 2010." THAT is what made the coaches, including Bowman, livid. Not Phelps taking silver.
It's absolutely ridiculous how FINA has managed swim wear over the past 18 months, and this not implementing the ban for 9 months was just the last straw. That's why Grant Hackett has called for removal of the FINA management. It's absolutely a disgrace that it's gone this far. These suits should never have been allowed in the first place. Even the LZR. There were qualms about the LZR last year when it was revealed, albeit to a much smaller degree than the solid polyurethane suits. FINA could've prevented the whole mess by saying "No" to Speedo, but they caved. My guess is that they felt like they had to now give in to the other swim manufacturers. Personally, I would appreciate it if FINA looked after the sport and not the manufacturers.
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^^^Thanks for the extra info Little Wombat. There is also talk that many of the current world record holders may boycott future events as a protest against FINA's management and poor handling of this issue.
Make them swim in the nude - problem solved.
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