Saturday, July 5, 2008

Showing Some Speed for Beijing

Chloe Sutton showed some great speed with a third-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle at the US Olympic Swimming Team Trials in Omaha, Nebraska on Saturday night.

Chloe recorded a best time of 8:31.23. Her last 400 meters was a very fast 4:16.23. If she is in the lead pack down the finish in the Olympic 10K Marathon Swim, she should be able to close better than anyone else with that kind of speed.

There is a little over 800 meters between the last turn buoy and the finish touch pads in the Shunyi Olympic Rowing-Canoeing Park. It is a clearly-marked straightaway course that is ideally suited for a closer like Chloe.

The showdown between Chloe and her Russian rival, Larisa Ilchenko, British rival, Cassandra Patten, and Brazilian rival, Poliana Okimoto will be a memorable and enjoyable race to watch.

Catch it at 9:00 pm New York time on Tuesday, August 19th.

Photo by Dr. Jim Miller of Chloe winning the 2006 10K Pan Pacific Championships.

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