The FINA World Championships had all eyes focused on
Rome this summer as the top aquatic athletes took to the
pool. All told more than 40 records were smashed and many
attribute that to the high tech suits which have been
causing a significant uproar throughout the swimming world.
Following new restrictions from FINA, the July competition
was the event in which the suits will be allowed.
In Rome, Olympic hero — and the ESPY
Awards’ Athlete of the Year — Michael
Phelps again took to the water posting several new world
records along with his first major individual loss in four
years; Germany’s Paul Biedermann beat Phelps in
the 200-meter freestyle. Other notable competitors included
Dara Torres and Ryan Lochte, who bested Phelps’
2008 World record in the 200 I.M.
American divers were also a force at the games, which
kicked off July 17. According to a report in Sports
Illustrated, the U.S. diving team put up its best showing
at a world championship in almost two decades. In all the
team took home four silver medals in Rome.
The 18th Maccabiah Games took place concurrently with
the FINA event. Held in Israel, the saw 52-time participant
Dr. Jane Katz return after a 12-year hiatus. Additionally,
Olympic swimmer Jason Lezak broke the Maccibiah record for
the 100-meter free-style.