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5 Reasons To Love The New Speedo LZR Pure Intent & Valor

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Excitement has been building over the arrival of the all-new Speedo LZR Pure Intent and LZR Pure Valor, and we've not been disappointed!

At the Speedo Aqualab, the greatest minds in textile technology garment engineering, sports science, computational fluid dynamics, testing protocols and design have combined to produce this next generation tech suit.

Here, we take a look at the all-new Speedo Fastskin LZR Pure Intent and LZR Pure Valor, and list our five top reasons why they will be the fastest and best yet.

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6 Top Tips To Prepare For Your First Swimming Race

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Your first ever swimming race is a big moment, but is also a step into the unknown.

It is an experience you'll always look back on and remember, despite the nerves and anxiety you're understandably feeling in the days and hours leading up to the race.

It's important to embrace and enjoy the occasion, so we've put together six top tips that will take the stress and worry out of your race day preparation and help your big day run smoothly.

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Arena Carbon Air 2 - Introducing Arena's Newest Tech Suit

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Excitement is building for this season's arrival of the brand new Arena Powerskin Carbon Air 2 tech suit collection.

There was so much to love about the original Arena Carbon Air race suits, but the prospect of a revamped version offering even greater levels of performance and comfort has really got swimmers talking.

We take a look at three key features which help to make the Arena Carbon Air 2 even lighter and faster than its predecessor.

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TYR Venzo 'Will Break World Records' - Ryan Lochte

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Excitement is building ahead of the arrival of TYR's newest tech suit, the TYR Venzo.

Developed with detailed input from top international swimmers including Katie Ledecky, Simone Manuel, Ryan Lochte and Matt Grevers, TYR are promising that the Venzo will 'redefine performance in the water'.

We examine the suit's innovative race features and hear what the professionals are saying about the TYR Venzo.

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10 Ways Swimmers Can Ease Race Day Nerves and Anxiety

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Competitions can be a nerve-wracking experience for swimmers, who put a lot of pressure on themselves during race day.

There is the fear of not wanting to under-perform after working so hard in training, and the worry of swimming in front of your friends or family. Combine that with the long waits you'll often face on competition day, and it's a time when nerves and anxiety levels are high.

Acknowledging these feelings, learning how to handle them and then overcoming them, is vital. Here, we share our top 10 tips to help you make your race day as relaxed and stress-free as possible.

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The Best Race Ready Routines for Swimmers

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Enjoying continued success at your swimming races isn't just about turning up on a Saturday and smashing it. If only it was that simple!

To get the very best out of your performance on race day, it is essential that you work hard to develop the best possible routines between races, and stick to them.

Here, we share our five top tips for good habits and developing the best race-ready routine.

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How to mentally prepare yourself for a swim race

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With all your hard work in the pool complete, it's time to turn your attention to getting your pre-race mental preparation spot on.

All of your good work in the water could be undone if your head isn't in the right place in those final few moments before you approach the starting block.

We share some top tips on how to remove distractions, doubts, worries and anxiety in the build-up to race day, so you can focus purely on the job at hand.

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Missy Franklin Pens Emotional Swimming Retirement Letter

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Five-time Olympic gold medallist Missy Franklin has announced her retirement from competitive swimming at the age of 23.

Franklin was one of the sensations of London 2012 when she burst on to the international scene and won four golds as a 17-year-old amateur.

She followed that incredible breakout performance with another gold at Rio 2016 four years later, but has been plagued by shoulder injuries and has also been very open about struggles with her mental health.

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What is the fastest lane in swimming?

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Is there such a thing as a 'fastest lane' in swimming? The obvious choice would be Lane 4, where the fastest qualifiers are placed for finals.

We take a look at the facts, the myths and the superstitions to establish exactly how much of an advantage swimmers gain from competing in the middle lanes.

Is it psychological, or is there more to it than that? We have all the answers, along with tips and advice to help you get the right mindset if you're starting from an outside lane.

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Eight Gold Medals For Olivia Smoliga at 2018 SC Worlds

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Olivia Smoliga played a starring role as the USA dominated the 2018 FINA Short Course World Swimming Championships in China.

Smoliga claimed an unprecedented eight gold medals at the SC Worlds, which was held across six days in Hangzhou, surpassing the seven golds won by American team mate Caeleb Dressel in Budapest last year.

It helped the USA win the Team of the Championships award, while individually it was South Africa's Chad Le Clos and Hungary's Katinka Hosszu who were named as best male and best female in China.

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