We're back with the first issue for 1999.
There has been a virtual deluge of short course world records, a total of 14 since mid November. The European Short Course Championships offered the biggest prize money ever in our sport for World and European records and 10 world records were established. Anita Lonsbrough covered this competition with Craig Lord writing commentary on the implications on other competitions without prize money. Anita also covered the British SC Championships, within days of the Europeans, in Glasgow.
The US Open with 900 swimmers, was a large competition with very fast winning times, including a world record by Fred deBurghgraeve (BEL). Mini profiles of American stars Natalie Coughlan, Diana Munz, and Megan Quann are part of this story.
A profile of Tom Wilkens (USA), the fastest long course 200 breaststroker for 1998, continues Russ Ewald's his series on great Americans. Watch Wilkens develop in the 400 IM during the coming season.
The German Drug Trials are covered by Karin Helmstaed. The big question is when will the big fish (those in charge in the former GDR) be charged?
The FINA World Cup has grown to 12 competitions on four continents. I travelled to the first five-South and North America then to Asia. A story for each competition and an interview with Kelly Stefanyshyn, top Canadian backstroker are the end results of my travels. Next issue we'll report on the two Australian World Cups. The series will end with five competitions in Europe during late February.
You can find the detailed 8-day Olympic Program for Sydney, in September 2000. It will tried at the 1999 Pan Pacific Championships next August.
TAG is up to date with all competitions received up to the end of December.