Michael Phelps smashes third world mark

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

American star Michael Phelps smashed the world 100m butterfly record at the world swimming championships yesterday.

Michael Phelps smashes third world mark

Barcelona:

American star Michael Phelps smashed the world 100m butterfly record at the world swimming championships yesterday - just minutes after Andrii Serdinov of the Ukraine had set a new world mark in the semi-finals. It was the third world record here for the unstoppable 18-year-old who clocked an amazing 51.47 sec in his heat to lower the mark of 51.76 set by the Ukrainian. Serdinov had taken fractions off the 51.81 world record set by Michael Klim of Australia in Canberra in December 1999. Phelps also smashed his own world record in the semi-finals of the 200m individual medley, and broke his own 200m butterfly mark on his way to successfully defending that title. He also holds the record for the 400m medley. US teammate Amanda Beard matched the world record on her way to taking the 200m breaststroke gold. It was the first major title for the 21-year-old who timed 2:22.99 to match the previous best set by China's Qi Hui in China in April 2001. Leisel Jones of Australia took silver in 2:24.33 with the bronze going to Qi in 2:25.78. Earlier Grant Hackett won the men's 800m freestyle title while Hanna-Maria Seppala gave Finland their first ever women's title in the 100m freestyle. Hackett, runner-up last time, claimed the title which Australian teammate Ian Thorpe was not defending this year. (AP)

Topics : Swimming
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