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28/3/2012
Carbon-pro fast lane

Powerskin Carbon Pro featuring the breakthrough technology of “intelligent compression” was launched in mid February, ready for the Olympic Trials. As the Arena Elite Team became familiar with their new suits the combination proved to be unstoppable...

Carbon-Pro made its debut at the British Trials on Monday, 5th March worn by European Champion Sarah Sjostrom. The combination was electric! Sarah achieved the second fastest time ever recorded (wearing a textile suit) in 200m freestyle, stopping the clock at an impressive 1:55.23. Britain’s Francesca Halsall swam her way to victory on the 8th March in a time of 53:57 (100m freestyle) in eye-catching Coral and then switched to grey on the 10th (March) to pick up the fastest time (24:13) ever recorded for a woman wearing a textile suit in 50m free. On March 16th Carbon-Pro arrived in the Netherlands for the Amsterdam Swim Cup and was worn by World Silver Medalist, Ranomi Kromowidjojo. Ranomi won the 50m freestyle (24:24) qualifiers and continued her success the following day to make the years fastest 100m freestyle time of 53:30. The atmosphere was exciting in Adelaide on Saturday 17th March as Emily Seebohm raced her way to the years quickest 100m backstroke time of 59:28. Across the Ocean to Brazil and the South American Championships, Cesar Cielo took first place in both the 50m freestyle (21:85) and 50m fly (23:86) events. He acquired the years fastest 50m fly time and the second fastest 50m freestyle time. As the Danish Open came to an end last Sunday (25th March), Lotte Friis swam a time of 16:16:74 in the 1500m freestyle giving her the fastest time this year. On the same day over in Stockholm, Sarah Sjostrom gained the third fastest time of the year (53:66) in 100m freestyle, just behind Francesca Halsall and Ranomi Kromowidjojo. During the semi-finals of the Swim Cup in Eindhoven (Thursday 12th April) Sarah smashes her Stockholm time, stopping the clock at 53:29, gaining the years quickest 100m freestyle time. Sarah’s title is short lived as Ranomi Kromowidjojo breaks the 100m freestyle (53 second) record the following day, hitting the wall at an impressive 52:75. This is the World’s fastest (female) time ever recorded in a textile suit! The Dutch swimmer is unstoppable again on Sunday (15th April) as she clocks 24:10 in the 50m free event, shooting her way to the top spot, just ahead of Britain’s Francesca Halsall. At the South African Championships in Durban yesterday (April 17th) Chad Le Clos rasised the heat, to gain the 3rd fastest time of the year in the 100m breaststroke. Chad clocked 59:90 which provided him with a golden ticket to the London Olympics. Back in Brazil (27th April) and the Maria Lenk Trophy, Cesar Cielo proves to be on form, as he smashes the 50m freestyle in 21:38. This is just 0.02sec off the greatest ever textile time! With the fastest time of 2012 under his belt, Cesar shows no sign of letting go of his crown!

Sarah Sjostrom, 200m free (1:55.23) and 100m free (53:66)
Francesca Halsall, 100m free (53:57) and 50m free (24:13)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 50m free (24:24) and 100m free (53:30)
Emily Seebohm, 100m backstroke (59:28)
Cesar Cielo, 50m free (21:85) and 50m fly (23:86)
Lotte Friis, 1500m Free (16:16:74)
Sarah Sjostrom, 100m free (53:29)
Ranomi Kromowidjojo, 100m free (52:75) and 50m free (24:10)
Chad Le Clos, 100m breaststroke (59:90)