Following in the footsteps of her French compatriot Yannick Agnel, London gold medal swimmer Camille Muffat broke the short-course 800m freestyle world record at the French championships Friday.
The 23-year-old shattered the previous mark set by Italian Alessia Filippi at the 2008 European championships by more than three seconds, clocking 8:01.06 in the 25-meter pool.
“My best time over the distance was 8:23,” Muffat told AFP after the race. “Fabrice [Pellerin, her coach] threw down the gauntlet and told me I could do 8:04. I couldn’t duck that!”
Also similar to teammate Agnel, who broke the men’s 400m short-course record Thursday with a time of 3:32.25, Muffat bested a time put in the book when the high-tech polyurethane suits were still being used in competitions. They’ve since been banned.
Muffat was able to complete the whole medal set in London, taking home gold in the 400m free, silver in the 200m free, and bronze in the 4x200m free relay.
We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.
One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.
Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.
“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?”
When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).
Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.
“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”
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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.
Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.
Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.
The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.
Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.
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