Alshammar Slams "Sexist" Swimsuit Rules
One of Sweden’s most well known swimmers, Therese Alshammar, broke her own world 50 metre butterfly record at the Australian championships on Tuesday but was then disqualified by Swim Australia for wearing two swimsuits. Alshammar called the new regulations, which only allow one swimsuit, as bordering on ”sexist.”
Alshammar , who’s the reigning world champion in the 50 meter butterfly, had set a time of 25.44 seconds in the morning qualifying heats to take 0.02 of a second off the record she set at Barcelona, Spain on June 13, 2007.
But officials later discovered that she was wearing two swimsuits and erased the time.
Alshammar told Swedish public service television broadcaster SVT that she wore two swimsuits not to gain a buoyancy advantage from the hi-tech suits, but because it made her feel more comfortable.
”In case your swim suit bursts, it’s nice to have a double,” she said. ”I have a regular swim suit under my performance suit because it makes me feel more secure and it covers more of my chest.”
”It’s not something that makes you swim faster. If anything it makes you slower to have such a swimsuit underneath,” the 31 year old said.
At first Alshammar appealed against her disqualification but later withdrew it.