FINA Holds A World Record When It Comes To Poor Score-Keeping & Dead-End Rules

A gold medal for world junior records among the youth of the world - a wooden spoon for FINA when it comes to record keeping

Editorial: The Euro Junior Champs in Baku witnessed several records. Where did they fit in context of swim history? Guest author and coach Clive Rushton was among those who went looking in the FINA Info Zone – and what he found was a disappointment of information and misinformation, a chaos of conflicting directions and a rule book in need of re-writing

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Editorial: The Euro Junior Champs in Baku witnessed several records. Where did they fit in context of swim history? Guest author and coach Clive Rushton was among those who went looking in the FINA Info Zone – and what he found was a disappointment of information and misinformation, a chaos of conflicting directions and a rule book in need of re-writing

Comments

aswimfan

Wow.. another revelation to me to show how disorganized FINA is.
Is it may be a problem of communications? in that those records may have been ratified but for some reason the information did not make it to the website admin?
The mind boggles.

Craig Lord

aswimfan, this is par for the course: it comes down to whether you truly care about it or not. Resources are not an issue for FINA: they have the money and they have access to the people who could help and who could make it happen. The truth is that getting the record right, keeping the house in order only matters at the political level. The rest is secondary and can wait until someone complains and there is a reactive not proactive response. It was in the early 1990s that I saw a first official complaint letter from many media organisations to FINA stating that half of the accredited print media at a meet were placed behind the end wall and could not see the end of any races; it was 2013 when I saw the latest letter from the media on the subject after a great many accredited print media found themselves in the same situation, behind the end wall line, unable to see the end of races, some unable to see more than 4-5 lanes of the pool. End result: fewer media opt to spend money on travel, hotels and more for correspondents to cover swimming live = swimming becomes a sport largely covered remotely for all moments beyond the Olympic Games, a once-every-four years event despite all the boasting and pressing for more and more and more events “so we can create more stars”. That may be true to those who never peer beyond the curtains of their own room; in the wider world, it holds no water.

Ger

Ledecky also has a 200m freestyle from last year, 1:55:16 which is unlisted on the WJR list. It’s listed to Shen Duo, 1:56:12
Have I missed something?

DDias

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Ger,
FINA WJR list is a mess…

Craig Lord

DDias, not my article – but thanks for noting – I edited that reference and removed your repeat of the error. Of course, Clive is right to point out Brazil’s very poor record and high doping positive count.

Dottore Battistello

A major issue is that FINA has no Sport Director who could/should follow all technical matters.

Craig Lord

Quite so, Dottore 🙂

JG

Their FINA point table is also wrong. They forgot to add Sarah Sjöströms 50 fly WR from last year when they updated the table for 2015.

Swimming Mom

Unbelievable that a body as “big” as FINA does not have a Sport Director to keep tabs on all the technical matters. That is the most crucial part next to doping. As you say some records are through quickly and some are pending, SO, who do we blame, the swimmer’s Federation who perhaps haven’t put all the correct paperwork through OR FINA that have received it but are useless in keeping it together.

Craig Lord

Swimming Mom, it is the collective fault of all of them: the leadership of FINA for caring less about what matters in the sport; members of committees who fail to demand that the leadership does the right thing; and the federations for failing to hold the feet of their delegates to the fire and in so failing then in turn also failing to hold FINA to account as the representatives of FINA members around the world. Holding people to account – a perfectly common aspect of professional life for very many of you out there, with all the checks and balances that are expected on the trail of ‘doing the best we can’ – is not something that goes down well among those coupled to the train in a system that relies far too heavily on the say and mood of one man carrying the title director and those around him failing on a consistent basis to represent the best interests of swimmers and the sport instead of the status quo.

Swimming Mom

Craig, I agree with you whole heartedly and FINA is going to carry on with their inefficiency until the Federations stand up to them BUT are they too scared to stand up to FINA in case they are worried that their swimmers will be “targeted”.

Clive Rushton

Regarding Wang Lizhou’s 1:00.38 in April – we should definitely all depend on Swimvortex reporting rather than go to the FINA lists.

Craig Lord

Could be, swimming mom, but if they are, they need to wake up to the notion that they need fear nothing: they are FINA and without them there is no FINA – so best not be scared of their own shadow…

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