FINA Fudges A Compromise With US On Mixed Relays

Plunging into history [photo: Patrick B Kraemer]

FINA has reached a somewhat fudged compromise after pressure from the United States in the wake of its own lack of clarity on the issue of world short-course records for the new 4x50m medley back at Congress in Barcelona this summer past; two of eight new standards set in mixed relays have been set as the benchmark world records; no world-record bonus money will be paid for any standards set on the World Cup tour in mixed relays this year

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FINA has reached a somewhat fudged compromise after pressure from the United States in the wake of its own lack of clarity on the issue of world short-course records for the new 4x50m medley back at Congress in Barcelona this summer past; two of eight new standards set in mixed relays have been set as the benchmark world records; no world-record bonus money will be paid for any standards set on the World Cup tour in mixed relays this year

Comments

KeithM

They should have set a standard time and a challenging but achievable time at that (faster than the current world leading time). Tom Jager and company had to reckon with this when the 50 was introduced. The FINA Congress should have taken care of this over the summer. Not sure if this wasn’t more laziness and lack of diligence on the part of FINA than American pressure. I can’t imagine USA Swimming deems this fleeting recognition of that much importance.

Craig Lord

I agree with what you say… on US pressure, it came about as I describe: no parameters had been set and so it seemed unfair to set them after folk had swum believing they had set a standard of sorts… of course, USA Swimming is FINA – same for all other federations – in that they all vote … and any of them could have at any stage raised a hand and said “don’t you think we ought to set standards as we usually do…”… no-one did that, it seems.

DanishSwimFan

Sorry FINA, but this just seems completely farcical to me. Surely all they had to do was to make the existing textile world best times the new standard time to be beaten for a world record. Now we have a slightly absurd situation where we are going to have ‘world records’ which are so much slower than existing times. This really doesn’t show FINA in a good light (but what’s new about that…)

mcgillrocks

@danish swim fan

not only that but they only included half of the slow times. i mean really they should do one or the other. this just makes in confusing and inconsistent and is unfair that some people beat the world record after it was “set”

aswimfan

So in the next few months there will be many teams who will break these ridiculous WRs and receive prizemoney??

This is farcical 2009 all over again.

I thought stupidity was enough to describe FINA but now I have to find new words…

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