I’m especially interested in the article below because I did a feature last summer on the Canadian Men’s Eight and their Erg (ergometer/indoor rowing machine) training called “Pain Contest”.
Here’s the video about the Beijing gold-medal winning crew; below is an article about a sensational Danish rower who has broken the world record on the Erg twice this year …
Erg versus water, that is the question
The indoor rowing machine, or ergometer, love or loath it, the machine has become a vital training tool for rowers. Today at the 2009 World Rowing Championships in Poznan, Poland, world record holder on the erg, Henrik Stephansen raced on the water.
Coming from Denmark, Stephansen is part of a rowing programme that does not always have the luxury of rowing on the water. It is often too cold and sometimes too rough. So Danish Rowing has adapted by training indoors. Earlier this year lightweight athlete Stephansen went under six minutes over 2000m on the indoor rowing machine. His time of 5:58.5 set a World Record that was previously thought unachievable.
Read the entire article here.
Great to see the favourites finish 1-2-3. Bolt, Gay, and Powell have all dominated world sprinting over the last quadrennial, and they came through in the most competitive 100m final in history. This was a far more competitive test for Usain Bolt than Beijing was. Usain Bolt has dropped the WR from 9.74 to 9.58 in just over a year. That’s a .16 second improvement, completely unheard of over 100m. Beautiful sprinting yes, but come on.
Bolt sets new world record in men’s 100 metres
CANWEST NEWS SERVICE
AUGUST 16, 2009 1:22 PM
Usain Bolt of Jamaica crosses the line to win the gold medal in the men’s 100 Metres Final during day two of the 12th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in Berlin, Germany. Bolt set a new World Record of 9.58 seconds.
Photograph by: Andy Lyons, Getty
Usain Bolt became the first man to run the 100 metres in under 9.6 seconds Sunday when he set a new world record at the IAAF world track and field championships in Berlin.
The Jamaican sprinter stopped the clock in an astonishing 9.58 seconds, besting his previous mark of 9.69 set at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. American Tyson Gay was second in 9.71 and Jamaica’s Asafa Powell was third in 9.84.
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Photograph by: Martin Bureau, AFP/Getty Images
Swimmer Annamay Pierse has truly become a world beater.
The UBC swimmer set a world short-course record Friday in the 200-metre breaststroke at the British Grand Prix swimming competition in Leeds, England.
It was Pierse’s second world record in the past eight days.
The Edmonton native’s time was two minutes 16.83 seconds, topping her previously world mark of 2:17.50 she set this past March in Toronto.
“It feels pretty awesome to get the record again,” said Pierse. “It was definitely a goal, especially after swimming so well at the world championships. I knew I could still go fast. The last 50 metres was the key part of my race. I was really strong, didn’t lose focus and pushed myself all the way to the end.”
Eight days ago at the world championships in Rome, Pierse, who trains in Vancouver, set the world long-course record.
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