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German swimmer breaks world freestyle record and is embarrassed by the swim

Posted Jun 26 2009 4:39pm


Normally when a swimmer breaks a world record they are over the moon.

But not so with German swimmer Britta Steffen who just broke the 100 meter freestyle record in Berlin.

Instead of being crazy happy, she was embarrassed and said this:

"My new suit is as if it comes from a different planet. One swims as if on an air mattress, I am more than a second faster. Where is it going to lead?”

She also added this ,"This suit will no longer be allowed next year, which is a good thing, because this fight over materials is destroying swimming as a sport."

According to

"Steffen, 25, said breaking the record was a lifetime dream along with winning Olympic gold, which she has already done twice. But she said the new kinds of suit were ruining the sport.

She said she tried the ‘hydrofoil’ model only a week ago. “I thought, this was not possible,” she said. “This is the craziest thing I have ever worn. You lie on top of the water, don’t die in the last metres, you have no pain.”

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