I.Rasula
by Igor Rasula
 
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 The 3rd Stop of the Grand Prix Series of USA Swimming, Columbia, Missouri, USA, February 16-19, 2007
 
  On Line from Columbia, Mo, USA - dedicated  to the swim audience of Belgrade and Serbia, as well as of the wider Region of the Balkan...
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February 19, 2007 .
Day-3 Coughlin i Phelps najbolji u Missouri-ju...
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Treceg i poslednjeg dana u kvalifikacijama, sve je doslo na svoje mesto... Koliko ce biti jak i neprikosnoven Americki tim na predstojecem Svetskom prvenstvu u Melburnu, govori i podatak kako, kao od sale plivaju istinske svetske zvezde: Peirsol, Coughlin, Kirk, Hoff, Phelps i Hansen. Ovde posebno treba istaci dva ne-amerikanca medju pobednicima, tunizanina Oussama Mellouli-ja i brazilca Thiaga Pereiru... Nada je ostavljena za vecernja finala za postizanje novih "cuda"... Nazalost, u finalima nije oboren neki novi svetski rekord, ali zato su plivana sjajna vremena. Posebno se to odnosi na Rachel Komisarz u disciplini 100 delfin, Hoff u 200 mesovito, te Phelps-a u 100 delfin. N.Coughlin je veceras jos jednom blistala, pa je medju zenama, na ovom  takmicenju proglasena najboljom, sa osvojene ukupno 4 zlatne medalje... U muskoj konkurenciji to je Phelps sa 5 zlata...
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M.Phelps
Results of the Day-3 Finals
800 m Free Women 1500 m Free Men
1) Keller, Kalyn D  8:39.43 1) La Tourette,  15:27.81
2) Yamada, Sachiko  8:50.9 2) Monasterio, Ric 15:31.56
3) Drake, Monica  8:56.77  3) Vendt, Erik  15:33.06
100 m Fly Women 100 m Fly Men
1) Komisarz, Rache  57.96 1) Phelps, Michael  52.33
2) Vandenberg, Kim  59.09 2) Tarwater, Davis  53.36
3) Hoelzer, Margar  59.60 3) Pereira, Thiago  53.48
100 m Back Women 100 m Back Men
1) Coughlin, Natalie  1:00.13 1) Phelps, Michael 54.46
2) Hoelzer, Margar  1:01.18 2) Santi, Fabio 58.69
3) Descenza, Mary   1:02.70 3) Robles, Miguel   59.61 
100 m Breast Women 100 m Breast Men
1) Kirk, Tara  1:06.82 1) Swander, Kevin 1:01.75
2) Jendrick, Megan  1:07.99 2) Usher, Scott  1:02.93
3) Bernhardt, Vipa  1:10.35 3) Pogioli, Giorda  1:03.80
200 m IM Women 200 m IM Men
1) Hoff, Katie 2:11.42 1) Pereira, Thiago  1:59.19
2) Kukors, Ariana 2:17.08 2) Mellouli, Ous  2:00.21
3) Bernhardt, Vipa 2:19.31 3) Kerekjarto, Tam 2:03.55 
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World swim star M.Phelps at the Missouri GP's highest place...(Photo by AP)

O.Mellouli
Results of the Day-3 Prelims
100 m Fly Women 100 m Fly Men
1) Coughlin, Natalie 58.06 1) Crocker, Ian  52.50
2) Komisarz, Rache 58.98 2) Phelps, Michael  53.44
3) Hoelzer, Margar 1:01.82  3) Andkjaer, Jakob  54.36 
100 m Back Women 100 m Back Men
1) Coughlin, Natalie 1:02.98 1) Peirsol, Aaron  54.29
2) English, Lauren 1:03.48 2) Cromwell, David 56.01
3) Descenza, Mary 1:04.43 3) Wollach, Pascal  56.55 
100 m Breast Women 100 m Breast Men
1) Kirk, Tara 1:08.60 1) Hansen, Brendan1:01.92
2) Hehn, Keri    1:11.01 2) Swander, Kevin 1:03.01
3) Payne, Lindsay  1:11.48  3) Usher, Scott  1:03.79 
200 m IM Women 200 m IM Men
1) Hoff, Katie 2:13.54 1) Mellouli, Ous 2:03.93
2) Kukors, Ariana  2:20.17 2) Peirsol, Aaron 2:03.97
3) Thies, Lauren  2:22.75  3) Kerekjarto, Tam   2:05.54 
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Oussama Mellouli, the Tunisian swim legend (here as part of Trojan SC)...
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February 18, 2007 .
Day-2 Coughlin i Phelps - po dva zlata ...
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Kvalifikacije drugog dana Missouri GP-a, nisu donele nikakva uzbudjenja. Hoff i Phelps lagano su 'prisvojili' prva mesta u disciplini 200 kraul, Tara Kirk i Hansen u 200 prsno, Kukors i Phelps u disciplini 400 mesovito... Naravno da ce vecerasnja finala biti izuzetno zanimljiva, a to se posebno moze odnositi na trke u pomenutim disciplinama, ali i u sprintu, posebno u muskoj konkurenciji... U vecerasnjim finalima, ipak izostalo je 'cudo'... Ali, najveci utisak ostavila je svakako Natalie Coughlin (clanica kluba Cal Aquatics) sjajnim trkama u disciplinama 200 kraul, a posebno u 50 kraul, te osvajanjem dve zlatne medalje... Sa puno paznje ocekivala se poslednja individualna trka - u disciplini 400 mesovito, muski... Michael Phelps, nije ponovio 'ludilo' od sinoc, ali osvajanjem I mesta u najzahtevnijoj plivackoj disciplini 400 mesovito osvaja tesno zlato u vremenu 4:11.30 ispred Melulija i Brazilca Pereire...
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N.Coughlin
Results of Day-2 Finals
200 m Free Women 200 m Free Men
1) Coughlin, Natali  1:58.00 1) Phelps, Michael 1:46.47
2) Hoff, Katie 1:58.49 2) Vanderkaay, Peter 1:48.93
3) Hoelzer, Margar  2:00.11 3) Tarwater, Davis  1:50.05 
200 m Breast Women 200 m Breast Men
1) Kirk, Tara   2:27.42  1) Shanteau, Eric  2:13.03
2) Hehn, Keri 2:30.49 2) Hansen, Brendan  2:13.60
3) Bernhardt, Vipa  2:31.00 3) Gangloff, Mark 2:16.63
50 m Free Women 50 m Free Men
1) Coughlin, Natali  25.22 1) Jones, Cullen 22.40
2) Weir, Amanda  25.79 2) Crocker, Ian 22.74
3)  Komisarz, Rachel 25.83  3) Andkjaer, Jakob 22.81 
400 m IM Women 400 m IM Men
1) Kukors, Ariana  4:47.60 1) Phelps, Michael  4:11.30
2) Bernhardt, Vipa  4:55.26 2) Mellouli, Ous    4:11.64
3) Thies, Lauren  4:56.25 3) Pereira, Thiago  4:20.33 
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Natalie Coughlin - two gold medals in the Day-2 of Missouri GP finals...

Mizzou pool
Results of Day-2 Prelims
200 m Free Women 200 m Free Men
1) Hoff, Katie 2:00.72 1) Phelps, Michael 1:50.70
2) Descenza, Mary  2:03.36 2) Cramer, Jayme 1:50.89
3) Coughlin, Natal  2:03.47  3) Tarwater, Davis  1:51.88 
200 m Breast Women 200 m Breast Men
1) Kirk, Tara 2:30.72 1) Hansen, Brendan 2:15.31
2) Hehn, Keri  2:33.18 2) Shanteau, Eric 2:17.32
3) Bernhardt, Vipa  2:35.46  3) Pogioli, Giorda  2:17.88 
50 m Free Women 50 m Free Men
1) Coughlin, Natal 25.94 1) Jones, Cullen 22.61
2) Weir, Amanda  26.08  2) Andkjaer, Jakob 22.95
3) Komisarz, Rachel 26.20  3) Crocker, Ian 23.19 
400 m IM Women 400 m IM Men
1) Kukors, Ariana  4:53.27 1) Phelps, Michael  4:18.37
2) Bernhardt, Vipa  4:59.13 2) Mellouli, Ous 4:18.82
3) Payne, Stephanie  5:01.69  3) Margalis, Robert 4:27.40
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200 m back men race - prelims of the previous day of the Missouri GP...
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February 17, 2007 .
Day-1 Phelps novi svetski rekord - 200 Fly 1:53.71...
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U prepodnevnim kvalifikacijama nije bilo spektakularnog plivanja, kao sto se i ocekivalo... Medjutim veliki broj plivaca je prakticno vec isplivao olimpijske norme, sto im omogucuje sigurnu bazu da bi se mnogo konkretnije posvetili isplivavanju svojih najboljih vremena tokom ovog ali i narednih dana ovog fenomenalnog mitinga. I da kazemo, na tribinama Mizzou centra okupilo se preko 2000 gledalaca pored vise od 600 prijavljenih ucesnika.... U vecernjim finalima, na 100 kraul neprikosnovena je Coughlin (53.95), dok se bronze dokopala Slovakinja Martina Moravkova (ovde nastupa za Mustangs-NT)...Ali Michael Phelps je veceras u Columbiji napravio podvig... U njegovoj disciplini 200 delfin, oborio je svoj i stari svetski rekord iz 2006 god. (za 9 stotinki)....
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M.Phelps
Results of Day-1 Finals
100 m Free Women 100 m Free Men
1) Coughlin, Natalie 53.95 1) Burnett, Simon 49.66
2) Weir, Amanda  56.07 2) Jones, Cullen  50.14
3) Moravcova, Martina 56.66  3) Andkjaer, Jakob 50.16 
200 m Fly Women 200 m Fly Men
1) Vandenberg, Kim  2:08.22 1) Phelps, Michael 1:53.71 WR
2) Hoff, Katie 2:11.99 2) Kerekjarto, Tam 1:59.79
3) Descenza, Mary 2:12.15  3) Veloz, Juan  1:59.86 
200 m Back Women 200 m Back Men
1) Descenza, Mary  2:15.32 1) Peirsol, Aaron   1:56.27
2) Kukors, Ariana 2:15.64 2) Cromwell, David 2:01.72
3) English, Lauren  2:17.40 3) Pereira, Thiago 2:05.00 
400 m Free Women 400 m Free Men
1) Hoff, Katie  4:09.47 1) Vanderkaay, Peter 3:48.92
2) Rigamonti, Flavia 4:13.56 2) Mellouli, Ous  3:49.55
3) Keller, Kalyn 4:14.18 3) Wolfgarten, Jan 3:54.86 
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Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. /Club Wolverine) - New World Rec...
 

K.Hoff
Results of Day-1 Prelims
100 m Free Women 100 m Free Men
1) Coughlin, Natali  56.34 1) Andkjaer, Jakob  49.68
2) Weir, Amanda 56.57 2) Burnett, Simon   50.39
3) Geary, Caitlin   57.42  3) Walker, Neil 50.64 
200 m Fly Women 200 m Fly Men
1) Descenza, Mary   2:14.23 1) Phelps, Michael  1:59.82
2) Vandenberg, Kim  2:14.29  2) Johnson, Mark 2:02.70 
3) Hoff, Katie  2:14.39  3) Kerekjarto, Tam  2:03.19 
200 m Back Women 200 m Back Men
1) Kucherich, Juli  2:17.49  1) Peirsol, Aaron   2:01.00
2) Kukors, Ariana   2:17.90 2) Pinzon, Omar 2:02.85
3) Proud, Stephani  2:18.10  3) Cromwell, David  2:04.72 
400 m Free Women 400 m Free Men
1) Hoff, Katie 4:12.17 1) Mellouli, Ous  3:57.16
2) Keller, Kalyn   4:17.90 2) Wolfgarten, Jan 3:57.80
3) Rigamonti, Flav  4:21.25  3) Vendt, Erik 3:58.19 
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Kattie Hoff of Towson, Md. / North Baltimore far best in 400 m Freestyle...
 
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February 16, 2007 .
Predtakmicenje - sa veoma skromnim vremenima ...
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Osim tunizanina Melloulia u disciplini 800 m kraul muski, i delimicno svajcarkinje Rigamonti (u disciplini 1500 kraul zene), te Tare Kirk (u trci 50 prsno zene), gotovo bleda slika isplivanih vremena, za prvo vece GP Missouri-a u  tzv. segmentu pred-takmicenja koje je obuhvatilo ne-olimpijske discipline.... Sta je razlog tome, bez obzira sto prave borbe krecu tek od sutrasnjeg pre-podnevnog dela, u ovom trenutku nije moguce dati pouzdan odgovor. Naravno, cudi i apstinencija gotovo svih 'zvezda'....
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Results of pre-competition events
1500 m Free Women 800 m Free Men
1) Rigamonti, Flavia 16:24.21 1) Mellouli, Ous 7:54.85
2) Yamada, Sachiko 16:45.58  2) La Tourette, Chad 8:05.47
3) Keller, Kalyn 16:56.32 3) Fesenko, Sergiy  8:05.52
50 m Fly Women 50 m Fly Men
1) Komisarz, Rachel   27.11 1) Verhoef, Peter 25.60
2) Harrington, Lauren   27.89  2) Wang, Charley  26.31
3) Descenza, Mary   27.92 3) Alcantara, Daniel  26.68
50 m Back Women 50 m Back Men
1) English, Lauren  28.90 1) Possato, Marcelo 27.39
2) Kukors, Ariana  29.84 2) Santi, Fabio  27.85
3) Connolly, Jenny 30.06 3) Robles, Miguel 28.29
50 m Breast Women 50 m Breast Men
1) Kirk, Tara  31.16 1) Swander, Kevin  28.03
2) Jendrick, Megan 31.28 2) Usher, Scott  28.88
3) Bernhardt, Vipa 32.58 3) Pogioli, Giordan 28.90
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The techology room of the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia...
 
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February 16, 2007 .
Missouri Grand Prix 2007 - danas startuje...
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Treci po redu Americki Grand Prix u sezoni 2006-2007, pod patronatom USA plivackog saveza, a sponzorisan od strane japanskog automobilskog giganta Toyota, odrzace se ovog vikenda na jednom od najboljih Olimpijskih bazena u Americi - Mizzuo plivackog centra na Univerzitetu Missouri u gradu Columbija.
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Missouri
Kako je ovaj miting, ujedno i poslednja provera Americkke nacionalne selekcije pred Svetsko prvenstvo u Melburnu (krajem marta 2007), na ovom takmicenju nastupice vise od polovine proslogodisnjih drzavnih prvaka, ali i ukupno 21 americki olimpijac. Darin Bar, direktor mitinga izjavio je da ce ovo takmicenje ugostiti vise od 600 takmicara i to ne samo iz domaceg plivanja, vec ce se tu naci i plivaci Juzne Afrike, Meksika, Alzira, Slovcake, Uzbekistana, Kanade i dr. drzava, ciji plivaci studiraju na americkim fakultetima i ozbiljno se bave plivackim sportom u pojedinim plivackim klubovima, clanovima USA saveza...
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Da navedemo najpoznatija imena koja ce se pojaviti na ovom mitingu: Michael Phelps (Baltimore, Md. / Club Wolverine) Natalie Coughlin (Vallejo, Calif. / Cal Aquatics), Aaron Peirsol (Irvine, Calif. / Longhorn), Brendan Hansen (Havertown, Pa. / Longhorn), Ian Crocker (Portland, Maine / Longhorn), Katie Hoff (Towson, Md. / North Baltimore), Maritza Correia, Margaret Hoelzer, Rhi Jeffrey, Megan Jendrick, Kalyn Keller, Klete Keller, Ryan Lochte, Kaitlin Sandeno, Scott Usher, Peter Vanderkaay, Erik Vendt, Allison Wagner, Amanda Weir, Neil Walker.... 
Psych Sheet of the meeting
The Mizzou Aquatic Center at the University of Missoury...
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(Igor Rasula, USA, Februay 2007)
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