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Swimming: the 13th FINA World Championships 2009 in Rome

The Federation Internationale de Natation swimming championships in Rome brings together many disciplines including water polo, swimming, diving, open water, and synchro. It also attracts the top swimmers from all over the world, many bringing their recent rivalries from the Beijing Olympics with them. I'll focus on just the various swimming events here. A controversy over the possible advantages of certain types of swimsuits roils the waters as records fall. The championships continue through August 2nd. ( 30 photos total)

Henrique Barbosa of Brazil competes in a heat of the men's 100m breaststroke at the FINA World Championships in Rome July 26. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Britain's Jenna Randall performs during the solo free event for synchronized swimming at the FINA World Championships in Rome July 23. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) #

Spain's Laura Lopez reacts as a Brazilian player grabs her swimsuit during a water polo group D game July 23 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

American Michael Phelps attends a training session at the FINA World Championships in Rome July 23. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

American Aaron Peirsol competes during the men's 100m backstroke qualifications July 27 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Romania's Camelia Alina Potec competes during the women's 1500m freestyle qualifications July 27 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

German Paul Biedermann celebrates after beating the world record during the final of the men's 400m freestyle July 26 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjoj (right) celebrates with Marleen Veldhuis after they set a new world record in the women's 4x100m freestyle race at the FINA World Championships in Rome July 26. (REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini) #

The Belarus team competes in the synchronized free combination final July 22 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

French swimmer Esther Baron (center) takes the start of the women's 100m backstroke qualifications July 27 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (ALBERTO PIZZOLI/AFP/Getty Images) #

American Aaron Peirsol competes during the men's 100m backstroke qualifications July 27 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

American Michael Phelps takes the start of the men's 200m freestyle qualifications July 27 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Edward Caruana Dingli of Malta competes in the men's 100m backstroke heats during the FINA World Championships July 27 in Rome. (Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images) #

Korea's Taehwan Park competes during the men's 200m freestyle qualifications July 27 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Adele Rova of Fiji competes during the women's 100m butterfly July 26 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images) #

Maria Georgina Gandionco of the Philippines competes in the women's 100m butterfly heats during the FINA World Championships July 26 in Rome. (Lars Baron/Getty Images) #

Taehwan Park of South Korea competes in the men's 400m freestyle heats during the FINA World Championships at the July 26 in Rome. (Clive Rose/Getty Images) #

Aurore Mongel of France competes in the women's 100m butterfly semi-final at the FINA World Championships in Rome July 26. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay) #

Eloise Amberger and Sarah Bombell pose during an Australian synchronized swimming portrait and training session at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre July 2 in Melbourne. The pair will represent Australia at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (Quinn Rooney/Getty Images) #

The Japanese team competes in the synchronized swimming team free preliminaries July 24 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Spanish team competes during the synchronized swimming team free final July 25 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #

China's s Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen win the bronze medal of the duet free event in synchronized swimming at the FINA World Championships in Rome July 24. (AP Photo/Pier Paolo Cito) #

Brazil's Nayara Figueira and Lara Texeira compete during the synchronized technical duet final July 21 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #

The Chinese team competes during the synchronized swimming free combination final July 22 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (MARTIN BUREAU/AFP/Getty Images) #

Russia's Natalia Ishchenko competes during the synchronised swimming solo free final July 23 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (FRANCOIS XAVIER MARIT/AFP/Getty Images) #

Simon Tobin-Daignault of Canada starts the men's 25km open water race at the FINA World Championships in the Roman seaside resort town of Ostia July 25. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay) #

Competitors take a rest during the men's 25km open water competition July 25 at the FINA World Championships in Ostia. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP/Getty Images) #

Swimmers start in the women's 5km open water competition at the FINA World Championships in Ostia July 21. (REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay) #

Keri-Anne Payne of Britain wins the gold medal in the women's 10km open water race at the FINA World Championships in Ostia July 22. (REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi) #

Spain's Gemma Mengual competes during the synchronized swimming solo free final July 23 at the FINA World Championships in Rome. (CHRISTOPHE SIMON/AFP/Getty Images) #


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#7 swimsuit and cap Arena but Speedo goggles!
# 12,14,17, superb. A different point of view

Posted by Ja pe July 29, 09 04:48 PM
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Amazing shots! Good work all!

Posted by tim July 30, 09 01:46 AM
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Very nice!!

Posted by DAR August 1, 09 02:11 PM
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