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Deibler: WR 50m 'Fly - 22.06s/c In Aachen

Oct 24, 2009  - Craig Lord

German sprinter Steffen Deibler set the 201st world record of the shiny suits era with a 22.06 effort over 50m butterfly at the short-course Aachen meet today. Later in the session, he also set a German 50m freestyle record of 21.00sec. 

The 'fly standard had stood to Amaury Leveaux (FRA) at 22.18 since he won the European s/c crown in Rijeka, the winter showcase meet that gave us a glimpse of what the Rome 2009 circus would be like, on December 14, 2008.

Deibler wore a Jaked01, among the suits that will become extinct on January 1, 2010. The more records fall before that deadline, the greater the pressure on FINA to decide what to do about a truly skewed world-record book, which includes standards unattainable for all but a handful of the current generation of swimmers who from January 1 will wear textile suits as defined by FINA and cut back from bodysuits to a cut from waist to above knee for men and shoulder strap to above knee for women.

Also in a shiny suit was Kerstin Vogel who set a German s/c record of 30.14sec in the 50m breaststroke.