Chinese swimmer Ning Zetao claims historic win at world championships
China’s Ning Zetao took home a historic win at the World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia on Thursday, grabbing gold in the men’s 100-meter freestyle in 47.84 seconds.
This is the first time that an Asian swimmer has broken the 48-second barrier in the event, and the first time a Chinese has won the event.
22-year-old Ning, a lieutenant in the Chinese navy, did a smart military salute to the national flag during the medal ceremony. “Winning the gold is like a dream,” said Ning, “I made it. And I showed the world that Chinese men can also win in short distance swimming.”
China has already made some breakthroughs in long distance swimming. At the 2009 Rome World Championships, Zhang Lin claimed China’s first world gold by breaking the record in the men’s 800m freestyle. At the 2012 London Games, Sun Yang won China’s first Olympic gold in men’s swimming.
Ning’s victory is being compared by thrilled Chinese net users to Liu Xiang’s winning in the 110-meter hurdles at the 2004 Athens Olympics, which was also a significant breakthrough in Chinese sports history.
Of course, the netizens didn’t forget to praise Ning using their favorite online catch phrases:
“He can obviously depend on his looks, but no, he chooses to make his way with his ability,” remarked @Xingzoudepangyatou
“My mom asked me why I had to kneel in front of our TV. [Heart] [Heart] [Heart] [Heart] ” commented @_Fanersai, implying that he was totally overwhelmed by Ning’s performance.
“No one in this world looks better than Ning, topless.” @yyangguangchuantoulexin
In Thursday night’s tough final, Australian swimmer Cameron McEvoy became runner-up with 47.95, and Argentina’s Federico Grabich took the bronze at 48.12.
Wanted to do a little throwback to Yuna’s 2009 short program, and if you’ve seen it before you know why. It is easily one of the fiercest programs ever to be skated, and it really allowed to show Yuna’s technical brilliance, her musicality, her elegance, and her dominance. If any performances spawned the nickname “Queen Yuna” it was this one. Also on a side note, this piece of music by Saint-Saens is super amazing and easily one of the best in his repertoire.
Watch Yuna’s record setting performance at the 2009 World Championships:
After wining the 800 meter at the 2009 world track and field championships, Caster Semenya faced serious investigations, competitors accused her of not being a woman. She was forced to undergo “sex verification tests,” NPR reported. She was found to have higher levels of testosterone, which occur naturally in many people because of a condition called hyperandrogegism. The rhetoric and criticism surrounding Semenya’s body was dripping with prejudice — especially without scientific evidence.
Bridget Sloan’s floor routine during the 2009 World Championships all-around. Although fellow American Rebecca Bross was leading after three rotations, she fell on her last pass and Bridget’s consistency and grace under pressure helped her seal the gold.
Would any of you guys mind if I uploaded HD routines from the 2009 World Championships for RG? I have them and they’re not on YouTube, except for Bessonova’s ball, and the uploader of the torrent did not say anything about not uploading them to YouTube. I’m not sure how well the compression is, but surely I can fix it in Final Cut or even iMovie.
She’s a runner for South Africa who will be competing in the 800m final tonight, where she is a strong favorite for gold.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of people who won’t be rooting for Caster tonight. Since her amazing performance at the 2009 World Championships, competitors, commentators, fans, and even the general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations have accused Semenya of not being a “””real woman””” (whatever the hell that means). These people suspect that Caster Semenya has abnormally high levels of testosterone which they think gives her a competitive advantage - however, the science behind this belief is so inconclusive that the Court of Arbitration for Sport recently suspended track and field’s testosterone policy for two years. Either way, then-18 year old Semenya was subjected to humiliating sex tests because of this controversy.
According to the New York Times, the results of her tests are not known (not that it’s any of our business). Either way, Caster Semenya has been through a hell of a journey to reach these Olympic Games - let’s send her some good vibes for her final tonight!!!