Meilutyte A Pool Apart; Horton Makes It Gold No3

Three championship records to gold for Ruta Meilutyte [photo: Aniko Kovacs]

Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) was hardly going to leave Dubai without setting a new standard in the dash. In fact, she made it meet mark No 3 in two days as she claimed the 50m breaststroke crown in 29.86 a class, nay a relative pool, ahead of those who followed her home; Mack Horton claims his third gold with 200m free victory in a meet mark on his way to becoming the star of the champs

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Ruta Meilutyte (LTU) was hardly going to leave Dubai without setting a new standard in the dash. In fact, she made it meet mark No 3 in two days as she claimed the 50m breaststroke crown in 29.86 a class, nay a relative pool, ahead of those who followed her home; Mack Horton claims his third gold with 200m free victory in a meet mark on his way to becoming the star of the champs

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SwimFanFinland

Yep, I just checked and the National Games of China appears to be held every four years only which of course highlights its importance.

Let’s hope a couple of new youngsters develop who could push Sun Yang in the longer distances.

Craig Lord

Its important because it is the main funding vehicle for many Chinese programmes: prize money is big – and often shared between athlete, coach, program and local politicians… It is an event that has thrown up some of the most problematic results – including world records that preceded failed doping tests and evidence of abuse of minors – in the sorry history of misdemeanour in Chinese sport. We can only hope things have and are changing.

aswimfan

The 1997 National Games also produced stunning times in track especially in w1,500, w5,000 m, and w10,000 which were never equaled by those athletes outside china, which of course only add fuel to fire of drug use.

SwimFanFinland

There seem to be a wrong kind of incentives in place then. Rewarding bureaucrats financially for the success of a child is a problem maker for sure.

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