Chinese top swimmer Luo Xuejuan failed to twice defend her world champion title in women's 100m breaststroke at Montreal on Tuesday. However, the emulative girl believed that she had more space to improve.
While former world record holder Leisel Jones of Australia finally got her first world champion title in the 100m breaststroke final at her personal best of 1:06.25, the defending champion Luo just finished fourth, 1.35 second behind the newly crowned champion.
"I am dissatisfied with the result, but I did my best," Luo told the reporters.
Snatching the 50m and 100m breaststroke golds both at 2001 Fukuoka and 2003 Barcelona World Championships, the 1.65-meter Luoshowed her mightiness in the breaststroke events.
After grabing China's only swimming gold in the 100m breaststroke at Athens Olympic Games, the 21-year-old Zhejiang native was expected to take a blaze of glory again in Montreal.
However, this time Luo was not the leading swimmer but a little bit off the pace in the extreme intensive dogfight. She had never managed to shove herself to the top three on course of the race, and finally missed the podium.
"I felt that I swam not bad in the first 50m, but I was physically weak after the turn." Luo said.
Luo sprained her left ankle about 20 days ago. What's more, the breaststroke specialist had an allergic reaction after the injection for easing the pain.
"She couldn't give out the strength with her feet. So she fell into the water from the starting block rather than jumped into the pool," said Luo's coach Zhang Yadong.
(Xinhua News Agency July 27, 2005)