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Cielo Looks To Bulk Up For Year Ahead

Oct 26, 2012

News Round-Up:

Brazil: Cesar Cielo, bronze medallist for Brazil over 50m free at London 2012 for Brazil, will not defend his 50m and 100m freestyle world s/c titles in Istanbul in December, as he experiments with training plans designed to make him stronger without having him lose the technical strengths that make him one of the world's top sprinters. Cielo told reporters on the eve of a meet at Maringá that he intended to gain strength without having that affect his technique, balance and angle of buoyancy. “I need to know if its worth gaining strength without that affecting how I move through the water," he is quoted as saying in the Gazeta do Povo. "We'll experiment until the end of the year to see if its worth using" what he called "laboratory training" during the season ahead, his big mission the highlight of 2013, the World long-course Championships in Barcelona in July. The risk of the new approach was that Cielo felt that he was developing bulk in muscles he did not need for swimming. Back in training for six weeks after having had surgery for tendinitis in both knees in the wake of London 2012. Cielo told the reporters gathered that his intention was now to "remain in Brazil until the end of my swimming career", leaving only for training camps and competitions at which he could "to keep an eye on the opposition". Talking of which … 

France: The first Olympic gold medallist siblings in swimming history, Laure and Florent Manaudou, will be joined by Laure's partner Fred Bousquet, Jeremy Stravius, Melanie Henique, Grégory Mallet, Coralie Balmy and William Meynard .for three days of racing starting today at Compiègne. Meet organiser and former international Stéphane Lecat told local media that he was delighted to have attracted the cream of French swimming to his pool. The meet will serve as race preparation for French nationals on November 15-18 and for those heading into international waters, the European and then World s/c Championships before the turn of the year.