Having been sick for three weeks last month, Australia's Eamon Sullivan entered the New South Wales Swimming Championships just looking for a competitive workout as he prepares for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Instead, he became the fastest swimmer of all time.
Sullivan set the new world mark at 21.56 seconds, breaking the long-standing record of 21.64 set in 2000 by Russia's Alex Popov. (Watch an amateur video of Sullivan setting the new world mark by
Now this Lenovo Champion is the clear favorite for a gold medal in the Beijing Olympic Games and has shown why Lenovo is so happy to have him on our team.
The world record in the 50-meter freestyle also conveys the unofficial title of "World's Fastest Swimmer" on Sullivan in the same way that the winner of the 100-meter dash in the Olympics is known as "The World's Fastest Man."
To understand how amazing Sullivan's performance was, he became the first person ever in Australia's rich history of swimming excellence to cover the distance in less than 22 seconds.
"I'm a bit surprised myself," he told the Sydney Morning Herald. "I felt really, really good in the warm-up, and we've been working towards getting under the 22s for the first time. [When he looked at the scoreboard after the race] I thought it was 22.56s and I went, 'Crap'. Then I saw the one and I was shocked. I was just really, really happy with the swim. We've made some really big gains in the gym and in training and I knew if I could put all my bits of my best races together I would be in for a shot at the 22s, but to take that much off my personal best was amazing."
Sullivan is one of the Lenovo Champions, leading Olympians who come from around the world and compete in numerous events.
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