One of the best parts about our sport is the discussion which arises when a specific topic is introduced. So, when John Lohn raised the possibility of a sub-7:40 performance in the 800 freestyle relay by the United States women, a great deal of chatter ensued.

Inevitably, the undeniable impact of shiny suits  surfaced once more. As we wait for the day when shiny suit records are wiped from the books, we consider the theme of ‘Barriers’, starting with a look at specific events.