In 2009, competitive swimming went through a period of constant questioning around the advances of suit technology used by racers. And rightfully so. In the same year swimmers began to use them, 168 world records were broken. FINA, an international organization that oversees swimming and water-related sports, ultimately banned the questionable polyurethane “supersuits” at the close of the year. But it looks like new advancements in swimming equipment could make supersuits look like a Betamax, and also raise questions as to whether it gives swimmers another unfair edge. According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Speedo has just released the most significant development in racing gear since the polyurethane suit. A cap, goggles and suit that are all combined into one piece, reducing drag in the water and offering a wider field of vision. FINA has approved of the Fastskin3 Racing System, and world champion competitors are jumping on the wagon. 100-meter freestyle world champion James Magnussen, who swam the 100 meter in 47.49 seconds without a supersuit, believes the setup provides better vision and a more streamlined feel in the water. Magnussen made it clear the suit doesn’t improve flotation like the polyurethane suit, which was banned in 2009. The report shares that Magnussen is attempting to break the current 100 meter freestyle record of 46.91 held by Brazilian Cesar Cielo, who wore a supersuit. Magnussen said, “I’m still wearing shorts. Cesar was wearing a polyutherane suit when he broke it so I don’t really think they could take that away from me.” Michael Phelps is even one of the top names to be rockin’ the fresh gear.
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