Speedo is still debating whether to allow its sponsors to wear rival manufacturers’ high-tech suits in the pool. The introduction of Speedo's LZR Racer suit more than a year ago led to a flood of world records, including several at the Beijing Olympic Games.


In response to its success, swimmers sponsored by competitors such as Nike were allowed to wear the Speedo suit. Now, according to the Associated Press, other companies are making suits that some swimmers believe might be even faster.

Recently, national governing body USA Swimming approved modified versions of suits worn by Frenchmen Frederick Bousquet and Alain Bernard in unofficial record-breaking races, the AP reports.  As a result, the previously-banned Jaked 01 and Arena X-Glide suits can now be worn in U.S. races. USA Swimming requires that for suits to be approved for use at the upcoming U.S. national races, manufacturers must guarantee the suits will be available to all competitors to prevent shortages. Both Jaked and Arena have made those assurances.