August 12, 2008
Win in 200-meter freestyle is ninth career Olympic gold medal, tying record of four others
September 7, 2009 |
Having your very own world record is probably something you never knew you wanted. But if you think about it, who wouldn't want to be the world's best at something? The Guinness World Records site is one place to go, but they have to approve the record you are attempting to set/break. The process can take weeks, and they may reject the application. Enter the Universal Record Database , or URDB. The site, founded by Dan Rollman and Corey Henderson , first launched in November 2008.
July 2, 2008 |
OMAHA, July 1 -- Maybe it would be easier if Natalie Coughlin wasn't one of the most gifted and multifaceted swimmers in the world. If that were the case, she could have bounded from the pool Tuesday night after the 100-meter backstroke at the U.S. Olympic trials, embraced her newly minted world record, answered questions about her nerves and her accomplishments, and moved on to Beijing. For Coughlin, though, it is not that simple, and it probably never will be, for what she does is often overshadowed by what she doesn't.
August 23, 2009 |
BERLIN, Aug. 22 -- Usain Bolt's third gold medal of the world championships failed to produce a third world record because the Jamaican 400-meter relay team only managed to produce the second-fastest time in history. "It is a little bit my fault," an apologetic Bolt said. "I was a little tired. " Since the Beijing Olympics, Bolt had won five major gold medals with a world record each time. The world record streak ended in the 400 relay after he set two individual marks in Berlin.
November 17, 2008
American Randall Bal set a world record in the 50-meter backstroke, one of three to fall on the last day of a short-course swimming World Cup meet in Berlin. Paul Biedermann of Germany broke Ian Thorpe 's eight-year-old record in the 200 freestyle by finishing in 1 minute 40.83 seconds. Bal followed and broke the four-day-old record in the 50 backstroke with a time of 22.87, beating Peter Marshall by 0.03 of a second. Marshall, also from the United States, set the record of 23.05 on Wednesday in...
July 10, 2009 |
INDIANAPOLIS, July 9 -- There has been one swimmer, and only one, who has been able to lord over Michael Phelps, and that's a sweet old guy from Maine by the name of Ian Crocker. The now-retired Crocker, soft spoken and into his guitar, hated being Phelps's nemesis, the bad guy. But that's exactly what he became by virtue of the fact he could kick Phelps's rear, quite routinely, in one event, the 100-meter butterfly. Phelps taped Crocker's picture on his bedroom wall for motivation six years ago, after Crocker set the 100 fly world record.