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Thursday, March 27, 2008

Swimming: Australian Olympic swimmers break world records

Australian swimmer Eamon Sullivan broke the 50-meter freestyle world record again, and his Olympic teammate Libby Trickett did the same over 100 meters Thursday. That happened at the Australian swimming championships.

in fact, it was the third time in the past six weeks the men's 50 record has been lowered, after Alexander Popov's mark stood for nearly eight years.

It's good to know that Sullivan, competing in the 50 semifinals, finished in 21.41 seconds to break the mark of 21.50 established by France's Alain Bernard at the European championships last weekend. Bernard had broken Sullivan's first mark of 21.56 set Feb. 17 in Sydney. Let's mention that Popov's previous record was 21.64.

"I think that it's sort of sweet to get this back after missing it last night," he assured. "I felt great in the warmup tonight and great in the swim."

As for Trickett, who is a formerly Libby Lenton, he was competing for the first time under her married name, finished in 52.88 to better the mark of 53.30 set by Germany's Britta Steffen in 2006.

Actually, this is the second time Trickett had broken the 53-second barrier, but her previous time of 52.99 in Sydney last year was not ratified by swimming's governing group because she was swimming against Michael Phelps.

"I cannot say how much I wanted to do that," Trickett told the press. "Ever since Duel in the Pool last year ... I've just wanted it so badly and to see it officially up there is just great."

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