NEW YORK — Speedo wants to raise the bar in the world of competition swimwear.
Speedo, a division of The Warnaco Group, said it would unveil a “revolutionary” design, billed as faster and better engineered than its Aquablade suit, launched in 1996. It will have its official debut today at the World Short-Course Championships in Athens, according to Stuart Isaac, vice president of Speedo.
The design, called Speedo Fastskin, will come in a variety of silhouettes, including a full-body version. It will be available for aspiring national team members in advance of the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, set for Sept. 15 to Oct. 1. It will also be available at retail this fall.
The design was approved by the Federation International de Natation Amateur, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, swimwear’s international governing body.
The suit’s fabric is described as mirroring a shark’s dermal tentacles, which look like tiny hydrofoils with V-shaped ridges.
Another key element of the suit is its fit, engineered by a 3D body-scanning system, Isaac said. Jenny Thompson, Amy Van Dyken and Lenny Krayzelburg were among a group of swimmers from the U.S., Australia and Europe who participated in the four-year testing and development process, Isaac said.

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