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Cielo's Promise; Pellegrini's 9th Tattoo

May 1, 2012  - Craig Lord

News Round-Up:

Brazil: Cesar Cielo, the Olympic 50m free champion and world record holder in both the dash and the 100m, had much in reserve over two laps at the Maria Lenk Trophy last week, according to Alberto Pinto. The coach told Brazilian journalists that two things stood in the way of the sprint emperor of Beijing 2008 and Rome 2009 being at his best over 100m at the meet that served as Brazil's Olympic trials: his head and a programme that called on sprinters to race on consecutive days. "With Cesar, its down to detail," said Pinto after a question over the gap between the 48.28 Cielo swam in the 100m, the promise held in a 21.38sec 50m blast and the otherworldly 47.10 of Australian James Magnussen, 20 and on the rise still. "He's ready [for the challenge]," said Pinto of Cielo. "I think its more in the head; he's focussing just as much on the 100m as the 50m." Cielo's textile best is 47.84, his world record set in a booster bodysuit in 2009 a 46.91 that only Magnussen has gone anywhere close too since the ban on non-textile suits at the start of 2010. "People say the result is in the bag," said Pinto of the London 2012 100m. "What I believe is that the planned result for Cielo is within him. We just couldn't do that here [Maria Lenk]. Folk think that the programme wasn't favourable [to sprinters] because everyone went slower [in the 100m relative to the 50m the day before], men and women."

Italy: Federica Pellegrini, Olympic 200m freestyle champion, has had a 9th tattoo etched on her skin but this time the precise nature of the message will remain private and personal under her suit. The 200m and 400m world champion of 2009 and 2011 tells fans on her blog: "It's just for me … it's a very long sentence and I assure you that is not dedicated to anyone ... I can tell you that that sentence is me." That'll keep 'em guessing.

Ireland: In Dublin, British medley ace Hannah Miley took two wins and a silver, efforts of  2:30.05 and 2:14.18 in the 200m breaststroke and medley alongside a 2:00.96 close-call in the 200m freestyle, Ireland's Melanie Nocher touching first in 2:00.89. Spanish 50 'fly world record holder from 2009 Raphael Munoz clocked 54.07 to win the 100m butterfly, Britain Olympic teamster Robbie Renwick clocked 1:50.90 to win the 200m free, Thomas Haffield, of Wales, claimed the 400m medley in 4:19.46 and Mercedes Peris (ESP) clocked 1:02.24 in the 100m backstroke.

Slovenia: at the Maribor meet, Federico Colberaldo (ITA) continued to race despite a sore shoulder, the 1500m free his in 15:41.11. The 100m butterfly went to Peter Mankoc (SLO) in 53.73, while his partner Triin Aljand (EST) claimed the 50m free in 25.52 and Sara Isakovic (SLO) the 100m backstroke in 1:01.42.

Water-Polo: Ervin Zador, famous for his role in the "Blood in the Water" grudge match between Hungary and the Soviet Union at the 1956 Olympic Games when the might of Magyar was good for gold, passed away last weekend. He had been coaching in the US for decades. Zador played in the Olympic match that took place in Melbourne just weeks after Soviet Union invaded Hungary.