Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Swiss Win Silver at Worlds

As the World Championships for Swimming in Montreal are in full swing, the 1500M event is now complete. Gold went to American Kate Ziegler while, Silver went to a Swiss swimmer. The 24-year-old Rigamonti from the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino also set a Swiss record in a time of 16:04.34.

Just how fast is that time? Considering first place was at about 16:00, the world record was set back in 1988 by Janet Evans. It's smoking fast. Not too many people have come to that record time and it does seem that Janet Evans Record may now be in jeapordy.

This certainly brings back memories for me since I swam competitively for 14 years of my life. Since that time, a full new generation of swimmers have been born. I grew up watching Janet Evans and Summer Sanders swim as my idols.

What's so special about the Swiss Swimmer is Rigamonti’s medal is only the fourth for Switzerland in the history of the world championships. Besides her silver in 2001, the country won two medals 19 years ago. Way to go Switzerland....

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