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FINA 2009 World Championships Swimming - Day 3 Morning Session

David Davies took five seconds off the 800m Freestyle British record as the British Gas swimming team secured one final and three semi-final places after strong performances through the heat session. Davies took to heat four alongside Italian Federico Colbertaldo and Robert Hurley (Australia) and was looking to post a quick time to reach the final next day.

The Olympic silver medallist dominated the first half of his race but as the race entered the final 400m Colbertaldo began to close in on the British Gas swimmer. Davies showed his strength in the final 100m as he touched in a time of 7:45.89 to knock five seconds off his own British record time and qualified in fourth place for the final.

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Special moments from the world of aquatics

Local Olympians enjoy a grand parade around Plymouth

Plymouth Herald video of post Beijing celebrations (5m 19s flashplayer required to view)

Australian Swimming Coaching Clinic and Conference 2008 and NSW Coaches Seminar 2008

Australian swimming coaches reveal their training methods and technique advice. Featured in the following video excerpts are:

  • Leigh Nugent (Australian Youth Swimming Coach) on Individual Medley
  • John Marsden (NSWIS Strength and Conditioning) on Strength and Conditioning
  • Paul Penna (Australian Swimming Team Sports psychologist) on the Psychology of Winning
  • Rhondda Stewart (NLP) on Creating a Mindset of Winners
  • Chava Sobrino (NSWIS Diving Coach and Olympic Diving Coach) on Core Strength Training
  • Tony Shaw (Australian Swimming Team Coach) on Age Group Training
  • Jim Fowlie (NSWIS Head Coach & Australian Team Coach) on Starts and Turns

Michael Phelps on The Tonight Show

Jay Leno interviews Michael following his 8 gold medal triumph in Beijing and points out that if he'd have been a country he would have ranked ninth ahead of France!

Part 1 (5m 45s, flashplayer required to vew) features the greatest freestyle relay leg in history swum by Jason Lezak.

Questions to Alexander Popov

Alexander Popov dominated sprint swimming throughout the 1990s. At the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, Popov was in only sixth place at the halfway mark of the 100m freestyle, but he came from behind to win. Two days later in the 50m freestyle, Popov led from start to finish to earn his second gold medal. He also won two silver medals in relays.

In Atlanta in 1996, Popov defended his 100m title by pulling ahead of Gary Hall, Jr. in the last fifteen metres. He was the first repeat winner of the 100m since Johnny Weissmuller in the 1920s. Three days after that, in the 50m, he powered ahead of Hall again in the final strokes to win his fourth gold medal. And again Popov took home two relay silver medals.

One month later, a watermelon vendor stabbed Popov on the streets of Moscow. The knife penetrated 15 centimetres into his stomach and grazed his lung. He recovered sufficiently to win the 100m at the 1998 world championships. At the 2000 Sydney Olympics, Popov earned a silver medal in the 100m freestyle and finished sixth in the 50m freestyle. Popov was elected to the International Olympic Committee and to the IOC's Athletes' Commission in 1999.

Follow the link to hear Alexander answer a series of questions from athletes in a series of videos for Beijing 2008.

London launch of Speedo LZR-Racer

Behind the scenes at the London launch of the world's fastest swimsuit (9m 54s flashplayer required to view)

Enabling dreams

Out of the hundreds of videos on our site, this talk in the poignantly titled '"last lecture" series given by noted Computer Science professor Randy Pausch will probably stay with you forever. There are so many invaluable learning points for leaders, athletes and coaches on finding and pursuing their passion that I hope you will enjoy this 1hr 16m 27s video for the celebration of life and inspiration it can provide. Dr. Pausch was a founder of the Entertainment Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University and worked on the Alice program, an animated educational system for high school and college students.

Dr Pausch passed away on Friday 25 July 2008 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer and is survived by his wife Jai and children Dylan, Logan, and Chloe. Donations can be made to the Carnegie Mellonís Randy Pausch Memorial Fund.

Michael Phelps Interview with Matt Lauer

Ian Thorpe may have retired, but he still motivates Michael Phelps. Phelps says he would have loved to swim his old rival one last time. (Recorded prior to 400m IM record in Trials)

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Australian Preparations for Beijing 2008

We take a look at how a hi-tech pool at the Australian Institute of Sport is helping refine Australia's elite swimmers.

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David Walliams

Richard Hammond interviews David Walliams & James Cracknell on their 2008 challenge for Sport Relief. Visit www.sportrelief.co.uk.

Take a look at below at the serialisation of David Walliams' preparations for his successful 2006 Channel crossing in this series of documentary videos.