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Tuesday, 23rd June 2009
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Fina rejects Irie's 'world record' swim

Japanese swimmer Ryosuke Irie has seen his world record-breaking 200m backstroke swimming time rejected by the Federation Internationale de Natation (Fina).

The worldwide governing body for the sport has chosen not to approve the time due to Irie's choice of swimsuit, a hi-tech outfit manufactured by Descente.

Irie set the disputed time of 1:52:86 at the Duel in the Pool event in Canberra on May 11th, knocking a full second off American Ryan Lochte's world record in the process.

The Japanese Swimming Federation has expressed its displeasure at the ruling, claiming that Fina had not been clear enough over the approval process before the meet.

Masafumi Izumi, the body's general secretary, told reporters including AFP: "The [Japanese] federation feels extremely regretful over Fina's decision this time. It is very disappointing."

In the same statement, Fina annulled a further five world record claims for similar violations of swimsuit regulations, including two each for Russian swimmers Anastasia Zueva and Yulia Efimova.

Written by Susan Ballion