US swimmers happy with ruling on suits

Americans (from right) Michael Phelps, Matthew Grevers, Ryan Lochte and Nathan Adrian celebrate their gold in the 4x100M freestyle relay. AFP

The 14-times Olympic champion said a single type of suit would bring the sport back to basics and remove the upheaval new bodysuits using polyurethane have brought to swimming. 

"Swimming will actually become swimming again. We're all going to have the same exact suit. It's not going be an issue," Phelps said.

In a rarity for a night when world records were the norm, the US team set only a meet record of three minutes, 09.21 seconds.

"It's not going to be a question of what suit we're wearing, who's wearing what," Phelps said.

"We'll see what happens over the next few months. I'm excited to see what's going to happen for the future of the sport."

Relay team mate Ryan Lochte added: "I wish it went back to the old school, like banana hammocks. Jammers, I mean, I'm cool with that."

Six world records were set on the first day of the championships, causing eye-rolling from swimmers and spectators alike.

 FINA officials said on Friday they were ready to move back to all-textile suits and traditional briefs for men.

Critics say all-polyurethane suits trap air, aiding buoyancy. FINA officials are scheduled to meet on Tuesday to thrash out details.

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