FINA has confirmed that it is to establish World Best standard times, in accordance with tradition, for each of the new mixed relay events approved by the international federation at Congress during the World Championships in Barcelona back in July. The first quartets past that post will be the first world-record holders.
Of late, a spate of ‘world records’ had been claimed for mixed relays in domestic US competitions. All were well shy of the times expected to become the first benchmark world marks inside what FINA will set as benchmark standards.
FINA is following a long-held tradition of setting benchmarks and the onset of new official events or rule changes related to world-record status. Standards were set for the first ever world long and world short-course standards, for example.
“These will be the reference times to be improved in order to establish new World Records,” FINA tells us in relation to a question about the status of mixed relay swims.
The move will mean that the following efforts, among others, will not count for world records:
At Bloomington, Indiana, on September 26, Indiana’s Lindsay Vrooman, Kait Flederbach, Steve Schmuhl and Jackson Miller clocked 3:45.38 in the mixed 4x100m free, while the quartet of Allie Day, Mike Hurley, Tanner Kurz and Haley Lips clocked 4:13.47 in the mixed 4x100m medley. Both times are significantly slower that the world records for women alone.
FINA will announce the standard times past which aspiring world-record setters must swim in due course.