Saturday, 13 March 2010

Bousquet first man to break 22 seconds in 2010

Fred Bousquet continued to show great early season form tonight with a superb 21.95 in the 50 meter LC Free at a high class meet in Nancy, France. This time makes him the first man to go sub-22 seconds this year and moves Cesar Cielo's 22.13 effort down to second in the world. For some perspective, Bousquet's time tonight would have ranked in the Top5 in the world in every year dating back from 2006. In 2007, the last year before techsuits were introduced, his time would have put him 6th on the world list. Australian sprint duo Ashley Callus and Eamon Sullivan will get their first shot at Bousquet's new leading time at the Aussie Commonwealth Trials starting next Tuesday.

Now that the 22 second barrier has been broken the next milestone for Bousquet and the rest of the top sprinters is Alexander Popov's brilliant 21.64 former world record set in 2000 (and a pair of Arena briefs).

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