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Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the water, Michael


Phelps his back. But is he the same unbeatable force that took eight


gold medals in Beijing, the highest amount by any individual or at a


single Olympic Games. We are going to see him in the week's most


anticipated event, the 200m freestyle. It pictures Phelps


against Ryan Lochte, that is a highlight. We have plenty of


interest closer to home as well. Jemma Lowe lines up for the final


of the 100 metre butterfly the 30 made, Ellen Gandy. If either of to


get a medal they will have to smash the British record. Anna Miley will


be putting all the strokes to good effect in the final of the 200m


individual medley. Liam Tancock is the world champion for 50 metre


backstroke. It's twice that distance today in the semi-finals


of the 100m. Lizzie Simmonds and usually has the company of Jemma


Spofforth, but she's out on her own in today's semi-finals. The reason


for that is that Jemma Spofforth failed to qualify for the semi-


finals this morning. I think she's had a very difficult year. She


sounded very hard to motivate herself. She's reigning world


champion and world record holder. She was nearly four seconds off her


best. Over an event which takes a minute is a huge gap. She said


afterwards it was a huge kick up the backside. She's had problems


with motivation, we'll talk about it when we get to the semi-finals,


but the other thing to look out for his Phelps against Lochte. I think


Ryan Lochte is such a cool guy, he seems very laid-back. Phelps is a


very big, aggressive guide. Who is the one right on the crest of the


wave right now? I would say Lochte. Michael Phelps and went for those


eight gold medals at the Olympics and did it and achieve it. Where


does the motivation come for him apart from his going to come into


London, he's reigning champion and he's got this huge amount of pride.


But Lochte is the one who's always come second best. Lochte, surfer,


laid-back kind of guy, and Michael Phelps who is a bit more pumped up.


We've also got the 50m butterfly final, which was one of your


reoffends. The S. It's always an exciting one. All of the 50m of the


shortest sprint events. You've got a good match up to date. I think


there will be half a second separating all swimmers. Geoff


Huegill is in there. We have the women's 100m butterfly. Two British


swimmers have qualified for the final. One of them, Ellen Gandy,


has relocated to Melbourne, and that's where she is based. Among


her training partners now is the Australian superstar Leisel Jones,


who as part of the Australian team press conference was asked, when it


comes to the final, will you be cheering on Ellen Gandy or one of


your Australian team-mates, Jessicah Schipper or Pellissier


goods. In terms of who and going for, obviously Jessicah Schipper.


Of course we are going for the Australian team. I love Ellen, I


love training with her. I've got one of my main competitors who also


trains with me from the UK, Kate Haywood. Keep it down! It's always


hard, you see people training and they are your friends but I've also


got friends of the team, you have to cheer for both of them as well.


It can be quite difficult but I do love training with Ellen Gandy, she


brings this new, fresh, vibrant energy to training and is always


very enthusiastic. She is the ultimate athlete. She always lives


and breathes swimming. It will be very interesting to watch. I've got


my debts spread across on that one. That is the diplomatic answer from


Leisel Jones. We will see her swimming in the 100m breaststroke


this afternoon. In terms of Ellen Gandy's moving to Australia, is a


very different training there to here? Its coaching techniques.


There's a lot of people nowadays that train all around the world.


When you think of the collegiate system in the States, a lot of


swimmers go to America. The Australian system is probably the


best behind America. Kate Haywood and Ellen Gandy are now training in


Australia. It's kind of different in a sense that it's always a sunny


and it's an outdoor lifestyle. There is this gung ho attitude.


It's a bit like the Americans, it's all about we can do, not we can't


do. Be it might be asking a lot of Ellen Gandy or Jemma Lowe to win a


medal in this final but there's an added incentive to who slimmed


fastest. Yes, or whoever is the fastest stroke swimmer. In the


medley read play -- relay, the fastest swimmer gets that spot on


the relay. They've got an opportunity to win a medal.


favourite for this has to be the American competitor. She was


phenomenal in the semi-finals. She is about half a second ahead of the


rest. Its first to lose it in the final anything can happen. Our two


girls are in there and they have a chance. Fran Halsall, we've got


three girls in the top 10 in the world, which is special. Let's have


a look at the full line-up with well be a relatively slow race.


Without being mean, if it is a little slow the Brits have got a


the crowd for this final, the women's 100m butterfly. The first


out his Ellen Gandy, the 19-year- old now training in Melbourne. Her


family moved out there. British record holder of the 200m butterfly.


Normally likes to be in the middle, amongst it, but it's a pretty good


lane for her. Jessicah Schipper also on the outside. Olympic bronze


medallist. Jessicah Schipper, a about for the first Chinese as


wormer out. Jemma Lowe, 21-year-old, training in Swansea. Commonwealth


bronze medallist on the 100m five. She's seven fastest in history on


Taylor fly as well. There is a great chance here. If both the


British women can get down in two and eight, just knuckle down,


they've got a really good chance of something here. Five times


Commonwealth gold medallist in Delhi, Alicia Coutts of Australia.


She's also a swimming in the 200m medley final tonight. Yes, the


world record holder there. She improves every round. She normally


gets better. She swam really well in Rome. Her heat was 10th fastest


swim in history. This young lady, the final, the American record


holder, she broke her own record to qualify for this final. -- Vollmer.


butterfly. The world record holder and world champion in lane three


for Sweden. Britain in two and eight. Two is Jemma Lowe and ate


turns of becoming hugely important at these world championships. Jemma


Lowe has come a pretty much right in front. Right next to her is the


defending world champion, the world record holder. She tends to go out


reasonably comfortably and then comes back really quickly.


Absolutely, Jemma Lowe couldn't have put it down any better than


that. Could this is up there as well. -- Pellissier Coutts is up


there as well. Coutts is taking the lead. I wonder if she's going to


pay for this speed? Coming back in the centre is Vollmer. It's going


stroke. The world champion in the women's 100m butterfly. The time


surprisingly slow. I can tell you Ellen Gandy was 5th and Jemma Lowe


was eighth. But Vollmer only won it Coutts and the water. A quick look


over, looking over to her left to down. She got the finish, spotted


it just right. How much does it from you. I'm happy with that, it's


my first world final. I'm glad I could keep my cool and progress


with the rounds and end up with that. You've done some great times


this year, they must give you good confidence. Yes, I've up my


training a lot this year. Looking forward to the 200m? On Wednesday.


Not as fast as you would have liked to have gone. It was my first world


final so I'm just glad I got in it tonight. I gave it my best shot but


it didn't work out. I'm just happy I was there swimming. It's been the


best competition for a couple of years, it's nice to be competing on


this sort of stage for next year. Yes, it's really exciting with the


Olympics next year. I'm really excited to start training again at


the end of this month. We'll see It looks as though that is a world


record which might go sooner rather than later. Why would the suits not


have been so effective in that? Men's to women's in a sense that


women always wore suits and guys always wore trunks. They are used


to being covered up. With a suit, it tightens your call up and helps


your body position. On the way out they were on it, or very close to


it. On the way back its started going away. The suits help you when


you got fatigue towards the end of the race. The breaststroke event it


helped an awful lot in the men's breaststroke and less so in other


events. Because it was helping you float, it tended to help bigger


people more than smaller people. Absolutely. That's what you see


when you come to people like Hannah Miley, and later on when you see


our boys doing the freestyle. Our guys were its smaller. What did you


make of the performances of Ellen Gandy and Jemma Lowe? I did that --


I think they did fantastic. Right at the beginning, we said about


Ellen in particular, she gets faster every round. It's great. We


want her coming in and progressing and getting faster. But I think


that helps for the 200m later on. My big thing for her and a lot of


the other swimmers is to do a lot more stand-up swimmers on training.


Do a lot more race pace stuff. What we tend to do is a lot of training


in training and not a lot of races. In one of those sessions you need


to get as much as possible and race. I think that her start in


particular almost putter a second behind the others, and that's how


much she basically lost by. Great atmosphere, and that is helping a


lot of the swimmers. It looks to be absolutely packed their. The world


championships are taking place in Shanghai, which translates


literally as above the sea. It's on the eastern coastline of China,


it's a very busy port. It's hugely intense in terms of population, an


awful lot of people live there. For this week at least, Shanghai Sharon


is one of them. The World Championships are in


China for the first time and this is Shanghai, their most populated


city with 23 million people. So the swimmers have chosen here for a


Apology for the loss of subtitles for 45 seconds


quiet life and they picked the I would love to go there one day.


We are watching it from a far. They seem to be very keen if there is a


very big sporting event in that city. It will be packed. I was


there in 2006 and the arena was packed. Swimming and diving are


sports that they are very good at. The mind boggles, doesn't it? How


are the facilities at their compared to London? From a swimming


perspective the pool is very impressive. It is a 50 metres long


and it has to hold 10,000 people. What we have got gearing in the


home Games is that our people have the opportunity to swim lot. Our


swimmers are very confident and comfortable swimming there. Have


fully London will give us that advantage. And we will be there on


Wednesday. We have got the 100m backstroke finals coming up. It is


about getting it right. 10 times of of 10 whenever Liam performs he


always comes in second or third. There are not amount of -- a large


amount of people who get close to their best times. But Liam will get


in close with his best. And we were talking about how they needed to do


more or training. Tommy about some of the training methods. -- tell me


about some of the training methods. I used to train 20 hours a week in


the pool. There is a lot of cross training. They ran as well. They


have started doing rock climbing and dancing. It is all about your


core a. It is about balance. You are getting fit and stronger but


not just in the pool all of the time. So they do wall climbing and


kick-boxing and a lot of swimming. Let's hear from him. I thrive on


this situation. I like to compete against the top guys in the field.


If I have the opportunity to go out and race a good group of swimmers I


will always pick the best group because they will put me under


pressure and I really enjoyed it. Every year brings a new rivalry.


Yes, Camille has been doing a very good job over the last 10 years. I


do not look at it like a rivalry. He has posted the fastest times in


the world this year and is doing a great job. There have been lots of


different guys are from Japan and Spain and Russia and Germany,


literally all over the world, and the Australians and the Americans


as well. I do not look at it as an individual rivalries. When someone


posts a world polity time -- finals second fastest and fastest.


The first semi-finals had someone who qualified second-fastest in the


heats. Camille is the second highest record holder. He goes in


lane of four in the second semi- final. One of the Japanese swimmers


has a very slow turnover. Normally they bash it. But it looks like


they are going very slow. It shows that the guy can really hold on to


the water and make it count. If you put those two guys in the water


together and watch them, a big difference in stroke. Look at lane


six when he comes out. He looks like a Y shape when he comes into


the water. The slowest qualifier for this semi-final is from China.


I imagine he will be quick down the first 50. This some there is a back


from his second European Championships. It is important to


remember people even if they are 26. He has got a lot of experience and


his grandfather swam in the 1940s. Expect Nicholas Thompson to start


out of very fast. He is quick as a flash. Here is another Japanese


swimmer with a beautiful stroke. Now we have the 19-year-old


Australian. He was a junior champion on the 50 backstroke a


couple of years ago. Liam and Hancock has got a good start.


Probably the best one for the British team. And here is a swimmer


from France. He has been a silver retired this year. He decided he


could not make it to 2012. Liam just needs to make it as fast as


one of those times. Liam is taking his time getting his kit off as he


is allowed to do. The other guys are looking a little bit and see.


He is just walking up to the blocks but the other guys had been there


quite a while. It is great backstroke for men. Someone went 45


metres all of the way under water. There is a terrible start their. A


very poor start. Liam is in second place. A big return here. The whole


50 metres. Liam is coming closer to as and needs to hold on. The rest


of the field is starting to overtake him. It is all about


position here. He was 5th. 53.60. Liam's Hancock taking a bit of a


risk of their. That is pretty quick, you know. His mouth is open. What


is he doing? There was a personal best to their by nearly a quarter


of a second. It was beautiful. He was a really holding the water well


there. This was a fantastic swimmer. He will struggle against his team-


mate Camille. Liam Tancock in 5th It is always difficult being the


first of the two heats, isn't it? To make the final you have to give


it your all. I did give it my all but it might not have been good


enough today. It is always nice to race on the world stage. Lessons


learned constantly? Yes, I try to learn from every race. I learned


what I should do before and after what I should do before and after


final when he is defending world champion? He won the 50 with his


backstroke last year. Maybe he did not win -- Wake up very well this


morning. And here is the swimwear for Greece. -- swimmer for Greece.


This Spanish swimmer was a gold medallist in eight. He was also a


bronze medallist in seven. This is absolutely stacked. I think Lee and


Hancock might be in a bit of trouble. This is a brilliant a


short course swim or from Russia. He has double number turns. He has


not quite translated it. Here's David Plummer the US champion. Now


we have Camille again. He is a backstroke specialist and as skinny


as a rake. He is incredibly thin. He can swim backstroke though.


David Plummer is in five. He is the second fastest. You kind of want to


feed Camille! Cheer he is. He is pretty strong. -- There he is. He


is pretty strong. He enters the water backwards. We saw that in the


last semi-final. And what does he do that for? I do not know. Ask him.


Camilla is the second fastest heats and the slowest of everybody.


He has a shocking reaction but once he gets going he is brilliant. He


has got some serious work to do, Japan down in eight. He has made up


for it. Pretty much bent on world records but. Look how long his arms


are. Beautiful and still. Fantastic. A fantastic the shape from the


semi-finalist. He is not kicking his legs were going for it at all.


The European record holder finishes at 53.09. I think he might be all


going to be very quick, but it was a cruise. This man pretty much gave


in. He stopped about 30 metres out and decided to save himself. Very


impressive swimming. Not using his legs are hardly at all. Look at his


head. You could balance all sorts of stuff on there and it wouldn't


Finishing 5th in the semi-final really puts you at the mercy of the


speed of the second semi. I just wonder... You swim your own race in


these things, you wouldn't be A nervous wait for Liam Tancock,


but he made it into the final. And it's pretty important that the 100m


does become stronger for him. it's his focus in a sense. The 50m


backstroke, of which he is world champion, is not an Olympic event,


so he has to be good at the 100m. He was world bronze medallist two


years ago. If you watch his ways, he's always out fast and ties up a


little bit towards the end. A lot of the other boys, the solar Court


in particular, he is 6 ft 7, Liam is not small but if you look at the


length of their arms when they are going over, Liam turns over a lot


more than a quarter. -- than Lacourt. Let's have a look at Liam


cakes. It's almost like a dolphin movement and beneath the water.


What you probably see here is a lot of hip movement taking place. When


their bombs come back at the end of the stroke, they are rotating an


awful lot from the hips. The hips move an awful lot. On the


backstroke start they dive off and it's almost like it backwards dive.


The underwater in every stroke is critical. It's not just a neat kick,


it all comes from the core. It all comes from the stomach. If you


watch the stroke when they are finishing, when the bomb goes past


the hips, there's a lot of rotation. the hips, there's a lot of rotation.


It's almost a little bit like all of your power comes from your hips.


You watch a boxer. When their arm comes past year and gets to hear,


they do this move. It's not only the hand making the movement, there


Hicks give them that extra power. A boxer when they planned, they hit


Sceux, golfer, or your strength comes from your hips. You see it in


freestyle and backstroke in particular. It what you always talk


about when you are learning to swim, your hand comes out by your hips.


You not only get to see all the racing but you get a swimming


lesson as well. The one stroke you are not going to use the Hicks is


breaststroke. Yes, and the flies. You are sort of using it. For a


stroke is one of these things that technically I would say is the


hardest strokes. It's all about your timing. I can't stand up and


do a breaststroke demonstration very well. It's all timing in a


sense, but breaststroke, you stretch out together, you come in


together. That is it in the basics but when that timing is slightly


off it makes a huge difference. of the best in terms of technique


but breaststroke is Leisel Jones. It's a textbook stroke. When you


were taught to swim breaststroke you were taught to swim like Leisel


Jones. Then you talk about diving forwards and diving underneath the


water. You see a lot of different strokes in every stroke but in


breaststroke it's very evident. She stays flat across the water. She is


25 now, which means she's been at the very top of this sport for 10


years. How does she do that? Since being 14, things have to change


dramatically. I was sometimes to ring up to 100 K weeks. As you get


older you really can't do that anymore, you really need to find


different ways of doing things. New and interesting ways. As you get


older, as a woman, they say you don't really reach your peak until


about 27. You've got to find new ways of doing strength training and


weight loss training. Things change. You've also got to keep it


interesting. It gets really boring sometimes just doing the same old


training all the time. For us to find different ways of doing things,


we just try and do a lot more dry land training to keep it


interesting. Rolling your arms over in training is not always the best


thing, you get into sloppy techniques. We've really tried to


mix it up with different things. The secrets to Leisel Jones'


longevity. She's at in the first of the two semi-finals you are about


to see. Look out for Rebecca Soni, who took gold in this event at the


last world championships in Rome and had a clean sweep at the world


women's 100m breaststroke. The Olympic champion those in lane


three. Leisel Jones has got a beautiful stroke, almost in slow


motion. Amanda Beard is in eight. She got medals in each of the last


got two silver medals in the 96 Olympics at the age of 15. -- going


back to Amanda Beard. Leisel Jones had a year off in 2009, missed the


last world championships. A year of international swimming, not


completely off swimming. She will be a big threat when they get


through to the finals. Suzuki looked very good this morning. As


did this young lady. She is the Asian Games champion. Haven't seen


too much of her outside of Asia. She is being coached by David Liles,


the British coach. He's been here six years. He used to train with me


of surprise the qualifying only 7th fastest for this semi-final. Not


the greatest start there. In the heats this morning, Leisel Jones


had a very slow turnover. She's starting to move now. That's Suzuki


in the white hat in the centre, and now Jones is moving. She sort of


dives into it and glides. Jones is doing a Betty -- a better semi-


final here. She was very lazy and long this morning. Suzuki kept very


strong at the end, very long. Men and women are allowed to fly kick


now on breaststroke. Jones really meaning business now. She didn't


really stand out this morning but she is trying to lay down her mark


China is second and third. Amanda Beard was eighth. That's a shocker.


The Americans picking their team last year, they didn't have trials


last year. They picked them from the Pan Pacific Games last summer.


Jones doing a better job here. at that first stroke up. Very


touch Rebecca Soni on the form she is on. She qualified one-and-a-half


four. The silver medallist two years ago is in St two. -- in Lane


European record holder. She has got a great stroke but this morning I


wonderful in the heats in everything she did, apart from the


start which looked a problem. She almost fell off the blocks and


popped up. First start in the centre and also has stroke is to


watch for. She almost as a freestyle poll at the front. It's


not that wide sweep. It's a bit like five. It's a higher elbow.


Soni, her struggle rate is so much quicker than the rest of them. --


everything she's done has been fantastic. She is leading the semi-


final now by a good half a second, I love the way she attacks it. Also


going very well is Pedersen, of Denmark. Look at this, it's a real


to the world record. That was a brilliant swim. The first person


under 65 seconds without those shiny suits. That was an amazing


swim. She won by about 400m on the That should help in terms of times


as well. How can you win a semi- final at the World Championships by


make it. I think she has got in in the 7th fastest. They should be


confirmed on the next screen. Not making her 2010 form count this


year. Rebecca Soni is the fastest qualifier by a streak. A bit of a


Soni some faster than Liesel Jones haves ever swum in her life. -- has


ever swam in her life. She has taken nearly two seconds off. She


has got the back end. Looking at the pictures in the semi-final it


did not seem to flow as much as it has in the past. Do you think for


Soni that a world record is in her grasp? We have topped before about


how long it will take to get these suit Time's up. She is very close


to it. She was at an event last year in her old suit but she is now


going faster with pert new suit. Let's go back to the man. Cesar


Cielo Filho was the first one to win a medal in Sir Terry Leahy in


Beijing. -- Inn in Sir Terry Leahy Why is a full-time athlete taking a


diet supplement? I do not get that part. But he said that it was a


cross contamination and it was beyond his control. I think it is


one of these things that, it is down to you what you put in your


body. There are testing labs and lists of substances that have been


tested before and they let you know that they are clean. It is up to


the athlete to take full responsibility for themselves.


Cesar Cielo Filho gets very emotional when he wins gold medals.


Let's look at what happened in the the defending championship. --


white hat. Any of these guys, they are all capable. You cannot make a


mistake on these 15 years. -- 50 metres. Jason dumb third of a Kenya.


It is Hugo. -- it is Geoff Huegill. He took a bad at the 30-metre mark


and then put his head back again. - - a breath. Without the full body


suits the swimmers tend to forget to shave. I don't know if it feels


any better. It feels fantastic after you shave your legs. U-shaped


more than that, don't you? -- due final. Jason dumb third comes in


second. James has a great start for Great Britain. It is going well so


far. It looks like at the moment the 20-year-old a Frenchman in the


centre and the Brazilian are doing well. A terrible finish again but


he gets it. So Cesar Cielo Filho wins for Brazil. The time is a


23.19. The Ukrainian and the German finished in 7th and 8 place. -- 8th


finish. A shocking finish but he wins it. Cesar Cielo Filho from


Brazil. It is a really competitive race here. Lots of controversy


about him being let off. Geoff Huegill second and Florent Manaudou


third. This is going to be Cesar Cielo Filho through fast us.


Here is the final of the men's 50 metres butterfly. It is one length


of the pool and there will be lots so far has been Cesar Cielo Filho.


He is the fastest human being in the far end of the pool. They just


go 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Here is Matthew Targett of Australia. Then we have


the swimmer from Germany. He is a European champion in the freestyle.


We have Mark Foster. Here comes Florent Manaudou. He is a world


champion making a comeback. He has been over in the States making a


comeback. And here he is, the fastest man in the water. He is the


you saying bolt of the swimming holder here. Here is the


Whoever touches first! Frederick Bousquet is a winner as well.


from Kenya and... The emotional favoured would be Geoff Huegill. --


favourite. That would be true because Cesar Cielo Filho has


recently failed a drug test. Cesar What a powerful stroke in the


centre. It looks like it is going to be Cesar Cielo Filho at the


moment. It may be the Brazilian. The Brazilian has got to get this


stroke to be world champion. In the end it looked pretty comfortable


for me. Caesar Arab has -- Cesar Cielo Filho is now world champion


on the 50 flights and he looks pretty comfortable. -- 50 fly.


suggested that, with the doping issue, it was a dietary supplement.


I imagine the pressure got too much for him. He gets a bit emotional


about his racing. He nailed that one from start to finish. He tends


to cry a lot after his races. has had a huge amount of pressure.


He did drug test positive. He was giving a pardon as it were. It was


challenged by the World Swimming Federation. They challenged the


warning that Brazil gave and asked for a three-month ban. The swimmers


are unhappy about it around the pools side. That is because a lot


of them didn't want him to be allowed to swim. He was not sure


there. Those are the biggest shoulders I have ever seen. Fastest


man in history in the water. World Eight years and you are here again!


Yes, it is quite exciting. To be surrounded with all of these guys


and do what you love doing is a dream come true for me. What is it


that is pulling everyone back into swimming? I think in my case it is


that I have a passion for it. If you do not have a passion then it


makes training a lot harder. You have to have a balance outside of


the pool. I have a great business and a beautiful family. For me it


is a last chance opportunity. most amazing comeback story for


Geoff Huegill. I raced with him for many years and always came second.


He is a lovely guy. He always gets it right at the right time. I would


have loved to see him win the race. Pretty difficult for him and Matt


Targett finishing behind a guy that has failed a drugs test. There are


some great areas here. If he took it and knowingly, and I hope that


he did, you'd say that could have ended his career or he could have


been banned, but I maintain that it is up to the athlete that -- to


know what is being put in your body. Should he have been able to raise?


The feeling around the pool from the other athletes is that they are


upset. But they are not crying like Cesar Cielo Filho! That was


extraordinary. He is a man that finds it very difficult to control


his emotions. Were there not this huge cloud over him you would think


it was fantastic and lovely. think we will hear more about this


later. There were tears of genuine sadness this morning after the


heats from Gemma spot for if because she did not all five. --


Jemma Spoforth. She did well in Beijing in 2008 and was a world


champion in 2009. She is very good and talented. I suppose her


motivation is coming 4th. What else has happened? Her mum died just


before the Olympics in 2007. Earlier this year her dad's


girlfriend died. It is difficult. We all deal with things in


different ways. And the other aspect is that she has had food


poisoning. Yes she has also been sick. This has not been her best


year. Last year was not a bad year but this year has not been that


great. These things happen. said this morning that she has had


a bad year and that she has not been feeling too motivated so she


hopes that she will be motivated Let's hear from Lizzie Simmonds.


World championships can change things. RRV is particularly


special? Definitely. It will be my third world championships. Every


major competition you go to is a special experience. The fact they


are all in different countries with different people, different team, a


different set of people you'll be racing against. You take a lot of


memories away. Your aspirations for Shanghai, what can you do out


there? It's going to be a very fast event. To get too caught up and


over analyse exactly where you should be coming is probably not


the best thing for me. You quite enjoyed the Beijing experience in


2008, didn't you? Yes, it was fantastic. The Chinese couldn't


have put on a better show. Making sure that we were so well


accommodated and the competition run so smoothly as well. If that's


anything to go by, Shanghai is swimming club in west London. She


set a new Bulgarian record to swimmers a huge ovation. This of


the world champion on the 50m backstroke on short and long course.


Here is Great Britain's Lizzie Simmonds. European champion on the


200m. I think she has a chance at the medley. The job is to qualify.


She should be capable of getting in the top eight. Jemma Spofforth not


swim in the heats. Only 18, but she competed in the last world


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good, but whether it's going to be finish. Just a few tenths off,


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which would have counted. The start in Delhi. Some really young women


Elizabeth Pelton. Emily sebum, she's in five. Natalie Coughlin,


she has three Olympic gold medals. She is the Olympic champion.


Talking about underwater rating, you were saying how good she is.


Yes, I think it's mainly Third turbans. You have to see at the


start. -- you will see its mainly women's 100m backstroke. A decent


start, but we do talk about Coughlin's starts being the best in


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the world. She didn't get that much going to make it in, only the first


rest of the girls crutching ind. -- minute for the backstroke. She's


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through to the final. That's highly We are going to be a bit like Liam


with our fingers crossed for the next semi. Definitely. The time was


good but the event was pretty tough. Touch wood, I might sneak in. It


was a good swim none the less. been a really weird year for you.


It's so nice to see you coming back into form. Yes, it's been up and


down. I wasn't swimming so great at the start of the year and wasn't


making the trials at the first opportunity. Luckily, I had a


second opportunity and turned it round between men. I'm just glad to


be swimming back at my best. I'm really glad to be here. It's always


a nice bonus for you, the 100m. Are you looking forward to the 200m?


Definitely. This is to get the cobwebs out and have a good bash at


it, but the 200m is a bit more my race. You can get more into it,


it's a bit longer. Hopefully the 200m for later in the week. How is


Jemma? She's going to be disappointed. But there's UPS and


downs with this game. Everybody goes through that and it's


something you can't control. She can't be disappointed with herself.


She's just got to look towards the future now. The future with her if


she's got the 50m backstroke coming up later in the week. Lizzie


talking their about the 200m, which is more her thing. The cheese into


the final. She's got a chance. We've seen in some of the other


finals as well. She's hopefully going to get in one of the outside


lanes. Billion Tancock when into line one macro. Becky Adlington got


a silver medal from line one macro. If you are in your lane, you got


your opportunity. With swimming in particular, just do your own race.


In the longer distance events you can pace yourself off each other


but in the sprint events you just got to get your head down or up and


do your own thing. She's an interesting swimmer to watch,


Lizzie Simmonds, because she's got this hyper extension, double-


jointed elbows. I can demonstrate again. When your arm enters the


water, her arm high that extends backwards. I'm very flexible,


swimmers are generally flexible. But with Lizzie herself and


backstroke swimmers, it actually helps you catch more water. In


swimming terms, when we are catching water you don't just pull


your hand, you pull your forehand - - your forearm as well. You've got


to try and catch all this water. If you think about where your hand


enters, you want to pull yourself past that point. We are about to


see two of the very best at this. We will be seeing them on their


front, but the big clash is coming up. Michael Phelps is the biggest


fish in the swimming pool, winner of a record eight gold medals at


the last Olympics. But the new star on the scene is Ryan Lochte, a


laid-back, fun-loving Floridian, whose the swim of 2010 with 12


championship gold medals. It does feel as if the tide is turning.


Very much so. Michael Phelps has done it and been there. Other


things to take over. I know with Le Court of France, he had this huge


success, a lot of sponsors, they are giving you a lot of money, and


you get distracted away from what you're doing in the pool. The it's


the same with any sport, the more successful you get, the more


invitations to get to go to certain things. It's really difficult.


they've done on the way up, I always talk about this being the


hunters being the hundred. You are very hungry, but there are a lot of


demands put on you. When one of your sponsors pay you a huge amount


of money and they ask you to do various things, there's a lot of


time away from what you normally do. Lochte has been able to come in


under the radar. We saw him in Manchester. He was fabulous. He was


so great with the crowd. He seemed a really likeable guy. He is as


good as Michael Phelps. When you watch them race and you watch them


and the water, he is as good as Michael Phelps. What Michael Phelps


did against everybody else, on every turn at the start he will


take six to eight inches off other people. It doesn't seem an awful


lot of times that by three or four macro and it makes a huge


difference. The British coaches have been doing a lot of work on


this. The 5th stroke. There is Phelps staying and the water away


longer than anybody else. Dolphin boy. The underwater kick, it's like


a hula-hoop. If you are good at it, you don't see it so much on the


100m when you are given everything on the surface. It's not that much


faster underneath the water, if any faster whatsoever. But when you see


the slower events, the butterfly or the 200m events, it makes a huge


difference. You see it more in the 200. The have become up by the red


mark. That's 15 metres. Technically, 15 metres underwater, 15 metres


underwater... That's 60m of the 200m underwater. A third of the


race is underneath the water. It makes a huge difference. Lizzie


Simmonds is good at it, Tancock is good at it. Becky Adlington doesn't


do any kick underneath whatsoever. She can get a little bit better


than it - Matt Baggott and that We have got the main personalities


coming up. We have also got two British swimmers in the semi-finals


at here is the line-up for the today by all of the big boys in the


heats today. -- looking around. have at the Australian leading the


pack. He was a champion in 2008 in the freestyle. Here we have the as


really is the mayor. His again is a name right. -- Israeli swimmer.


Here is Ross Davenport from Great Britain. He was a champion in the


freestyle in 2006. He looked so good this morning. The French


cinema is a late 19th. -- swim or possibly getting their medal. It


might not show on the first hundred metres. There are some great times


to watch out for. Lane one will be going out pretty fast. Then he will


and there is a Willie Hay stacked second final would Michael Phelps


in there. -- a really stacked second final with Michael Phelps in


there. These boys need to go quickly. Number three is going fast,


from France. He was a little bit slower up the first hundred this


morning and then really pushed it. This morning there was a lot of


easing back. Now they are trying to go with the rest of the field. Some


different tactics from this morning. Davenport is in good position here.


It is playing into his hands. The blue hat is swimming for Great


Britain. It would be stunning if he could make this final. He is about


4th or 5th at the moment. Now the white hat is slightly closer to us.


The French swimmer has gone out very quickly. He has got some work


to do if he wants to make this final. This is a good position to


be in. So the time for the winner qualification this morning. It is


looking like his best time so far. He is a 19-year-old and is


improving every year. For he was the European junior last year. I


think he was smash his record tomorrow. He looked very good


indeed. He went for it. Davenport came in 5th. Michael Phelps is the


third fastest qualifier for this the challenger from Great Britain.


If Michael Phelps is locked in and then two Brits get in it could be


someone else playing the spoiler on There is a lot of looking around


going on in the freestyle. We have some swimmers who have really been


caught looking around at each other. Here we have the Brazilian. The


slowest qualifier for the second semi-final. Now we have a young 17-


year-old from Japan. He is a tough aggressor. We have Robert Renwick


from Great Britain. He won a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games. We


have Switzerland in at six and then come the big boys. Here he is, 27


medals in championships, 22 of them gold, he got his first bronze medal


ever last night in the free relay. It is Michael Phelps. Now we have


Paul be an end. And the other US challenger, he looks very good in


the heats, but his first major championships are in the freestyle.


Michael Phelps might just be letting some of these challengers


get away with it. We will find out. You never bet against Michael


Phelps in a race. Robert Unwin seven -- on Laina seven, if he


finals and that wise a stinker of a start. -- and that was a stinker of


a start for lane No. 5. The boys have got out fast. We do not


normally see Michael Phelps swim for so fast sow's ear. He is really


going for it. -- swim and so fast so early. He is really going for it.


This is going to be a really good race. I have been looking forward


to it. Watch these turns. The Black cats in the centre, at the


Americans. A butterfly kick under water. The white hat is in the


centre now. I wonder whether Michael Phelps has gone at it a


little bit too quickly. He did not like his record being taking. He is


tailing off a little bit. He is going to have to dig deep. Michael


Phelps came up well but the last turn there are of his American


challenger was really good. He looks the best of this bunch. I


think they have eased back a little bit. Ryan is in sight Ghent. -- is


the Brits to get into the final. I am just checking these were words.


Davenport in the 10th. Robert in a in the turn. I think Ryan could


have wanted -- won this if he wanted to. It was the touch Andy


Todd laughed. Michael Phelps is a third. -- it was the touch ing the


guns from all of the guys in yet. I think some of them will have to do


something slightly different or it will be their last 15-metre sprint.


Who on this bunch will win it? would have gone with Michael Phelps


but I think the Frenchman will get Close but no cigar. I knew it would


be incredibly difficult to make the semi-final. We cannot cruise the


heat yet. We will have to put our love our eggs in one basket just to


make the semi-final tomorrow. -- all of our eggs. I was ranked 20th


and I am surprised I came in so much better. We delivered some good


swimming. It is always fantastic for a relay to have two in there.


Having two of us in there is a good thing. It should be a good one on


Friday. What is the top tip for the final? You cannot look too far


beyond Ryan and also Paul. What does he do on his turns to make him


so fast? He is just phenomenal under water and everyone is trying


to catch him up at the moment. He is very tough. They should bring in


a room where you can actually go five metres. It is cheating. -- a


You look superb. What do you do on those returns? I don't know, I'd


take a deep breath and kick until I can't kick any more. Change of


image, your hair has gone! No more Coles, a new look. Streamlined?


like to think so. It's going to be one of the races of the meat.


200m free is always a deeper race. They are so many good competitors.


It's going to be a good race tomorrow. This is my second time


doing it internationally. We will see how that goes tomorrow. Good


You see how coolly is, but everybody talking about the


underwater. Let's have a look at underwater. Let's have a look at


Lochte Yngling four. When he comes off the wall and he's turning over,


that's the underwater dolphin we are talking about. Phelps went in


half-a-length behind so he didn't take too much more of him. Half a


The British swimmers need to practise it an awful lot more. I


wasn't very good at it but I did 50m so it wasn't very important.


But in the longer events it is very important. You can gain 100th of a


second on the Turner. A lot of work is being done with the British


swimmers but the Americans have been doing it for so much longer.


The technical stuff the Americans do so well. It comes on the back of


the collegiate system. Every university in the States is almost


like a mini country. The collegiate racing is done in 25 metre pools.


The science of swimming is really important. The it's moved on an


awful lot. You see the underwater footage there, a lot of people have


that technology in the training poll. We have it in Loughborough.


They will be recording themselves underneath the water. You say to a


swimmer, do this. They can do it and they can look at themselves on


the screen and change it. Swimmers swim with feet that are like this.


We don't swim, a lot of people tried to do it straight up. They


put their legs there and kick like this. Swimmers kick with Haifa


extended ankles. Our legs are really flexible. The most difficult


of it all has to put all four strokes together and Hannah Miley


manages to do that in the medley. The weakest link is the butterfly.


That comes from strength. When you watch her swim in the water, she


looks so much smaller physically than the other girls in height and


body posture. She's not a big go macro. But technically she's


amazing. Because she's technically good and smaller, she should be one


of those that will benefit from the fact they are not all in it suits.


Very much so. It used to help the bigger people more. Hamed is small


and slight. Her technical aspects are so much better. Breaststroke is


a very technical event. You will really see her come through on that.


She needs a bit more work on the butterfly. And because she's not so


powerful the 400 is her better event. She has incredible stamina.


But she is into the final of the 200 individual medley. A medal here


would be a real bonus. There's quite a few people talking, saying


they are going to bypass the world all the world and as important. But


it's the next closest event competition wise to the Olympics.


It's the only opportunity you get to race against the whole world.


Everybody in your event that qualifies any weight. Nine times


out of 10 it is probably going to be the same people who will race


against at the Olympics. Atmosphere wise, it will be slightly different


but competition Why's it is very similar. It's almost like a


practice run against your competitors. This year, you always


find that the years out from the Olympics is going to be a surprise,


there will be some younger and who has come out of the woodwork. It's


getting that experience and taking advantage of the opportunity to


Olympic champion, Stephanie Rice is change in it suits is going to


affect them. Pellissier Coutts is on fire at the moment as well. --


a backstroke specialist. The Hungarian competitor is very


important. She's the European champion on this event. She's right


next to Hannah Miley, who is not a Flybe is strong enough to get her a


Commonwealth Games last year. The 15-year-old from China. Watch her


Olympic champion and the 204 hundred medley. Silver medal two


years ago in Rome will. Commonwealth champion. This is


going to be very interesting indeed. The unpredictability of this world


championships right here. Australia are re-emerging. China, be 15-year-


old, we've no idea how quickly can be. The Americans picked their team


12 months ago. Are they on form or not? We have China in three,


Australia in four, USA in five, Australia in six, USA in seven.


Great Britain's Hannah Miley, maybe a little bit of a short race for


her, the medley. I think it will be tough. When you've got a weak


stroke in this, it does make a difference on the 200. Some of


these girls are good at freestyle, but at breaststroke, they will make


their marks on this race. But Stephanie Rice is the one that's on


off on the blocks on the first whistle. You are meant to wait for


the second whistle. I'm not sure she quite knows the order of how


swimmers here. Stephanie Rice a bit off the pace. Hannah Miley will


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I'm thinking that's a really good champion on the 100m freestyle, but


It's going to be so close. She's got it! My goodness, that was


incredible. That last 50, she came from nowhere, the 15-year-old.


get it. -- I thought Coutts was in the heats on the freestyle leg,


she came back very fast indeed. At age 15, you just don't know what


they are going to do. Heavens above, a massive ovation. You've got to


feel sorry for Alicia Coutts, though, she lost the gold medal in


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How do you feel about that? It was fine. To get into the final was


what I was aiming for. I would have liked to have gone faster in the


final, in the Europeans that happened. The heats had to be very


fast because they were almost like a final. I'm a little bit


disappointed at not going faster but coming in 7th, it's only one


place down from what I did last year in the suits. It's still my


second fastest time I've done this season, I can't knock that.


just looking at your ear, they have been doing a lactic test on your


ear. The 400 is the most important for you. The rising star that we


don't know too much about. The 400 is the one I'm focusing on. This is


kind of a fun event. It's a completely different event to the


400. You have to have speed. I'd much faster in my sleep and I do in


training. This is a good I'll Be there, but there's a lot of good


talent coming through. I'm really honoured to be in the same race. I


certainly can learn a lot from that and look at the analysis and take


it from there. Head down in the game for the 400 now. It's good to


see what talent they can bring through and I will hopefully get my


tactics right for the last day. She is going to be up against it in


that medley. Quite extraordinary that medley. Quite extraordinary


race. We can have a look again at where she comes from. Going into


the last length, she is free from the top of this green, white cap. -


- she is three from the top of the screen, white cap. Look at this.


You are still thinking there is no way she can get to her. 25 metres


to go, you still think there's no way she can get back on that. She's


15, first major international made last year at 14. At 15 you are


still a child. But technically she is amazing. What she does is keep


coming back and coming back. In the medley you have four strokes. Some


people are good at one, some people are good at three. She took 1.7


seconds off Coutts on one length. That's massive. That's because


goods gave too much too early and Sprint has produced an awful lot of


lactate which then tyres you. Someone like Rebecca Adlington or


Paula Radcliffe don't produce lactic. -- lactate. They will test


her lactate, she will have 12 men are Moles. The coach won't let them


get out until the lactate come out of their body so they know their


body has recovered. It's the recovery protests -- process.


Sprinters produce a lot more very quickly. She produces more lactate


in her sleep. We have one more final to go, the men's 100m


breaststroke. Alexander Dale Owen of Norway is the favourite. He's 26


years old, just a little bit older than all those who got shot at over


the weekend. That is an event which has affected his preparation for


this mentally. He's been trying to concentrate on the swimming as much


five and is a favourite. I am looking forward to this one. For me,


lane four looks for a stronger than anyone. He is one of the heroes of


the men's breaststroke swimming. He is still around and still on form.


Dale Owen is two years younger. He is about a foot taller than the


Japanese swimmer. Here is a Mexican wave. The people in Shanghai are


excited about the last medal. they should be. It was brilliant.


Maybe you can see as in the stand. We are being urged to do the waiver.


Let's do the Mexican wave. For a rather reserved nation they are


having a cracking time. I can only described this as a basketball


stadium. -- described this as a basketball stadium. This event is


going to be very interesting. We have the 28th-year-old who has


already wind four medals in the Olympic Games. -- 28-year-old.


missed the World Championships the year after he won the gold medal


and took it easy. Michael Phelps has talked about motivation. You


ask him how he keeps going and he will tell you just do not put


pressure on yourself and to take it easy. Here is the world champion on


the breaststroke. He is from Hungary and he is the 7th fastest


qualifier for this final. We have one of the older men in this field


from the USA. He won the 50m breaststroke in Rome. From Russia


we have a world record holder. We have the world champion in this


kind of breaststroke from Australia. He is absolutely stacked. This


whole race will be stacked with winners. In May A two and also in


the three, -- in La A two and also in three you will have quite a go.


This man from Japan might have something to say about that. This


man is a touch in the national flag of no way. They are having a


difficult time. -- touching the national flag. He will go Elaine


four. -- in lane four. It will be difficult to call this one. The


fastest man m breaststroke history in lane two. -- man in a


Alexander Dale Alleyne is in the centre and has a decent start. --


which he is doing, he will go with them and it is phenomenal. Nearly


half a second under the world record split. Can he hold on? You


get very tired in the breaststroke. It hurts a lot. If Dale Owen can


hold this it will be surprising. He is holding on at the moment. He has


got to keep his strength. Will he make it? Has he got it? Just


outside the world record for Alexander Dale Owen of an away. He


wins his first ever gold in the pool. -- of Norway. I am so pleased


for no way. What an attack that wise. -- gnaw away. He knew exactly


what he was doing. He decided to go with them. He knew he had the power


at the back end. It does hurt. You have to hold your stroke Larne and


grip the water and it is a difficult thing to do. The world


record is going to go. I am so pleased to say that. We thought the


world records would never be broken again. The first Norwegian man to


win at these championships and it Alexander Dale Owen was pointing to


his flag and it is an emotional day. We have been getting technical tips


from Mark Foster. What if you cannot swim at the the Med? What if


you are frightened of what if? -- at the moment? We have someone from


Blue Peter here to tell us of his own experience. Getting into the


water before that was unbearable. I was lucky with Blue Peter, it was


my final challenge, and I knew the BBC were doing something called the


Big Splash. It is here to get more people in the country swimming.


What better example than someone who cannot swim? This was up in


London. I had a coach who was amazing. He was a phenomenal coach.


He taught me for 10 weeks to learn to swim. When did you think that


you had cracked it? I still do not think I am comfortable in the water.


I can swim but it is all mind over matter. It is one thing is swimming


in the swimming pool where you can see the bottom. It is another to go


into the ocean. There are l'art of stages in between that. I had --


there are a lot of stages in between that. I had to learn to


swim for many miles. You were surrounded by a load of other


swimmers who were probably tugging all over you. This was a real test


for me. I do not like deep water. I do not like anyone around me in the


water. This was a test to see if I could hold minor. The final


challenge was to swim out in the ocean. -- hold my a enough. I did


this to try to get more ethnic minorities in the wider. I have


never had a black or Asian role model who was swimming out there. I


spoke to one swimmer who won in the 2000 Olympics. I bought it was


amazing and he looked like me. I thought we should get more kids in


the water. If you are an ethnic minority you need to know how to


swim. That is not lack of opportunity? People have been


asking me, what is it about people and the water? I can only speak for


myself. My family never really went swimming. It was not something we


did recreationally. I developed an inherent fear because my mother


told me to stay away from the water. I came to this country when I was


eight years old and everyone in my class was swimming and I was the


kid in the corner with floats on my arms and legs. If you had pushed me


I would have floated a cross. I decided that I would stick to


football. Her final challenge was to go out and swim in the ocean. --


your final challenge. You were frightened of the water. For me to


look back at this video. I just cannot believe what I have achieved.


I now hold the world record for the deepest open water swim. I was


talking to Mark about this and he was flabbergasted because I did it


all in breaststroke. My coach came to a decision that I only had 10


weeks to do this and my freestyle was so embarrassing. My hands and


legs were everywhere. My coach said that I should just do the most


efficient stroke and my most confident was the breaststroke. I


stayed focus and stayed -- stayed a streamlined and kept my mind on the


water. Mentioned -- you mentioned the big splash campaign. Tell us


more about that. It is about trying to get more people in this country


in the water. My motivation was to try and be a role model for ethnic


minorities and people in general. There was a young girl who I gave a


gold badge to last year and she saved her friend from drowning. I


thought that I could not do that and I cannot say a relative if they


were drowning so I had to do something about it. It is great for


finesse as well. Look at these babies or stop -- look at these


babies. Look at this guy. He is still stacked from swimming. If you


are watching this and you want to get in the pool, then go to the big


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