At the 2011 World Championships in Shanghai, it won’t be uncommon for the medal podiums to look quite different than they did two years ago in Rome. There are many swimmers who are accused of being “suit swimmers” only, that aren’t expected to be able to pull off the same successes that they did in their Jakeds, X-glides, and LZR’s.
However, it’s a much bigger shock for a defending World Champion to miss the meet altogether, but that’s exactly what will revealed when the psych sheets are finally released by FINA sometime this week. That’s because defending women’s 1500m champion Alessia Filippi has been left off of the roster by the Federazione Italiana Nuoto (FIN).
Filippi was the 2009 World Champion in the 1500, and the bronze medalist in the Olympic 800, but this year missed the Italian National Championship Trials to compete on Italy’s version of “Dancing With the Stars,” where she was the 2nd contestant eliminated. They gave her the chance to make up her performance at the Sette Colli Trophy in June, but she sat the meet out and thus missed her chance at World’s.
The other two returning medalists in the 1500 are Denmark’s Lotte Friis and Romania’s Camelia Potec, though Potec hasn’t been much of a factor in anything since the rubber-suits were retired.