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Australia always doing great in swimming... Amazing.

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Shiwan Yen (CHN) the winner of the Women's 400 IM is 16 years old!! :o I'm shocked!!

Tomorrow will see the Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay... Great :)

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Three questions about Natalie Coughlin:

1) If she swam in the heat, why didn't she swim in the final?

2) If she didn't swim in the final, why does she get a medal?

3) If she gets a medal, why isn't she on the podium with the other 4 girls?

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July 29 is the day the following events are for Olympic medals:

- Women's 400m freestyle;

- Men's 4 X 100m freestyle relay;

- Women's 100m butterfly; and,

- Men's 100m breaststroke.

Just up to the semifinals in the following events:

- Women's 100m backstroke;

- Men's 200m freestyle;

- Women's 100m breaststroke; and,

- Men's 100m backstroke.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/schedule-and-results/day=29-july/all-day.html

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I start to hate Olympic swimming now - at least when viewed from a German perspective. Something is seriously wrong with the German swimmers, they always have weak nerves when it comes to Olympic competition and thus are mainly failing miserably. It has been that way in Sydney, it has been that way in Athens, it has been that way in Beijing and I fear it could turn out that way also in London. Jenny Mensing, for example, is current European champion in the 100 metres backstroke and now ranked only 21st in that event's heats. A disaster.

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OK, maybe I should be more patient. Sarah Poewe just swam near her personal best in 100 m breaststroke and the men's 4x100 freestyle relay swam a new German record.

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New Zealand has just qualified for their first final! Loren Boyle broke the NZ record by 2 seconds to qualify 4th fastest in 400m freestyle.

A great performance.

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All I want is to see Germany winning a medal today in the realys...

Does anyone knows what happened with the men's 100 backstroke? I can't find the results... :P ('cause I would have swum there) hahaha

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Brazilian swimmers did not qualify for final tonight...

Awful day for Brazil in swimming...

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2nd world record in the pool. British female swimmers seem to have disappointed so far. Hope Becky breaks it for gold later. Bit shocked she merely scraped through the finals though.

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Biedermann won his hit, I'm sure he'll be Germany's first medal in swimming...

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Biedermann won his hit, I'm sure he'll be Germany's first medal in swimming...

If Lochte allows him to pass again in final. The final going to be incredible, with Lochte Biederman Sun Renwick Agnel Park

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Anyone knows why they opt to have an American male announcer in the aquatics centre? Is he the designated announcer for every big swim championships?

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Cameron Van Der Burgh, 100m breaststroke gold medalist and world record breaker

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Here are the medal results for July 29.

Women's 400m Freestyle:

- GOLD: Camille Muffat (France) (Olympic Record)

- SILVER: Allison Schmitt (United States) (Americas Record)

- BRONZE: Rebecca Adlington (GREAT BRITAIN)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/women-400m-freestyle/phase=sww014100/index.html

Men's 4 X 100m Freestyle Relay:

- GOLD: France

- SILVER: United States

- BRONZE: Russia

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/men-4x100m-freestyle-relay/phase=swm411100/index.html

Women's 100m Butterfly:

- GOLD: Dana Vollmer (United States) (World Record)

- SILVER: LU Ying (China)

- BRONZE: Alicia Coutts (Australia)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/women-100m-butterfly/phase=sww021100/index.html

Men's 100m Breaststroke:

- GOLD: Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa) (World Record)

- SILVER: Christian Sprenger (Australia)

- BRONZE: Brendan Hansen (United States)

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/event/men-100m-breaststroke/phase=swm031100/index.html

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The relay was the Americans' for the taking, Phelps did amazing... kudos to the French for the late push.

Tomorrow's 200 m freestyle final should be a doozy.. can't wait for that one

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Three questions about Natalie Coughlin:

1) If she swam in the heat, why didn't she swim in the final?

2) If she didn't swim in the final, why does she get a medal?

3) If she gets a medal, why isn't she on the podium with the other 4 girls?

1. coaches like to substitute athletes from the heats to the finals so a. more athletes can win medals and b. it allows them to rest their best athletes. For example, the US men's 4x100m free team that qualified from the heats is a completely different team than the one that swam in the finals, so eight US swimmers got silver medals (v.s. 6 French swimmers that got gold and 5 Russian swimmers that got bronze).

2. Because she competed for the relay team at the Olympics. Same thing in other team sports: if you only play in the prelims but not the finals you're still eligible for a medal.

3. Because for some reason at the summer games they don't allow athletes that only took part in the heats to be at the medal ceremony. At the Winter Olympics athletes that only compete during the heats of a relay get to participate in the medal ceremony.

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I'm surprised there hasn't been more interest/discussion about Ye Shiwen's gold, specifically the rather incredible times.

Call me skeptical. When it comes to China, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably isn't. Keep those samples for the full next 8 years.

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^^ She's an anazing swimmer and a very young too!! I will call her the revelation in swimming as for this two days, excelente freestyler...

France did have great realy today, but I thought that the US team will have a stronger close...

Anyways, tomorrow's 200 freestlye will be really exciting, China, France and Germany will win medals!

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July 30 sees that these events are qualification ones:

- Women's 200m Freestyle;

- Men's 200m Butterfly;

- Women's 200m Individual Medley.

Here are the medal events for today:

- Men's 200m Freestyle;

- Women's 100m Backstroke;

- Men's 100m Backstroke; and,

- Women's 100m Breaststroke.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/swimming/schedule-and-results/day=30-july/all-day.html

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