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Rice to test controversial Jaked speed suit

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Brisbane, June 28 (ANI): Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice will test the controversial Jaked speed suit this week in order to switch from the Speedo LZR suit, which she used to claim three gold medals at Beijing Olympics last year.

Rice could be the first member of the Australian team to alter her suit in order to showcase a better performance in next month's world championships in Rome.

"I'm going to give it a go. I'll trial it in training and see how it goes, but looking at everyone that has been wearing that suit it has been pretty amazing, hopefully I'm the same in it," the Daily Telegraph quoted Rice, as saying.

"But there's also a lot of extra things that come into it. It comes down to personal preference. I've heard from a few different people that they don't like it or it doesn't fit them as well," she added.

Rice is unlikely to make a swimsuit deal before the world championships.

However, if the Jaked fall shorts of her requirements, she may resort to the LZR.

"We all thought it would just come down to the Lazer at Rome, so that's something I'm comfortable with and I don't need to trial. But in terms of all the other suits, I didn't want to wear them if they weren't going to be an option for us in Rome. Now that they have become an option, everyone is in this last-minute panic trying to get their hands on the suits and trial them in training," Rice said.he 200m and 400m gold medallist specified that testing suits was the last thing the Australian team needed a month before the world championships.

"It's just a big time-consuming thing. Especially because you really don't want to miss any training just to trial suits. It's something that has to be done after sessions. And getting a suit on and off takes almost half an hour. It's a lot of extra time that you don't want to waste this late in the preparation," said Rice. (ANI)

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Story first published: Sunday, June 28, 2009, 17:57 [IST]
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