Americans End Championships With Three World Records
Apr 7, 2002 - Nick Thierry
American swimmers ended the 2002 SC World Championships with a world record in the 200 backstroke by Aaron Peirsol with 1:51.17, bettering the old mark 1:51.62. In the final event the men's 4x100 medley relay bettered the world record of 3:29.88 with their swim today of 3:29.00. The four swimmers were Aaron Peirsol 52.17, David Denniston 58.56, Peter Marshall 51.93, and Jason Lezak 46.34.
Lindsay Benko (USA) was the third American record setter in the women's 200 freestyle with 1:54.04, bettering the old record of 1:54.17 from 1997.
This moved them up on the medal table with 8 golds (26 total) but was not sufficient to catch the Australian who added two golds for a total of 10 (18 total). Sweden in third with 7 golds (10 total). 26 countries medalled, the most ever.
After five days, seven world records were established.
Ashley Callus (AUS) won the 100 freestyle in 46.99, over Jose Martin Meolans (ARG) in 47.09 (winner of the 50 free). With Salim Iles (ALG) in third with 47.66.
Grant Hackett (AUS) won the 1500 free in 14:33.94 in what was a swim to win effort. His record of 14:10.10 from last August was never threatened. Chris Thompson (USA) in second with 14:39.43, and Christian Minotti (ITA) in third with 14:45.41.
In the men's 200 backstroke, the winner Peirsol (USA) in 1:51.17 just added the short course record to his two week old long course world mark of 1:55.15. Marko Strahija (CRO) in second with 1:53.08 and Blaz Medvesek (SLO) in third with 1:53.66.
World record holder Oleg Lisogor (UKR) had little trouble in the 50 breast with a 26.42 over Jose Couto (POR) second with 27.22, and Eduardo Fischer (BRA) third with 27.26. Lisogor's record is 26.20 from last January.
James Hickman (GBR) had an easy win in the 200 butterfly with 1:53.14, his fourth consecutive SC World title in this event. Justin Norris (AUS) in second with 1:54.07 and Ioan Ghergel (ROM) third in 1:54.16.
Peter Mankoc (SLO) won the 100 IM with a body length lead in 52.90 over Jani Sievinen (FIN) with 53.78 and Jakob Andersen (DEN) 54.31.
In the final event the men's 4x100 medley relay, behind winner USA, Australia was second with 3:29.35 ahead of their old record, and Russia third with 3:30.21 for a European record.
Rating Summary of Top Men's Performances 1) 1028 26.42 50 breast F Oleg Lisogor,79,UKR 2) 1018 22.89 50 fly F Geoff Huegill,79,AUS 1018 52.90 100 IM F Peter Mankoc,78,SLO 1018 1:51.17 200 back F Aaron Peirsol,83,USA 5) 1014 23.66 50 back F Matt Welsh,76,AUS 6) 1013 4:04.82 400 IM F Tom Wilkens,75,USA 7) 1011 7:00.36 4x200 free F Australia,AUS 8) 1007 3:29.00 4X100 medley F United States,USA 9) 1005 1:55.45 200 IM F Jani Sievinen,74,FIN 1005 3:38.29 400 free F Grant Hackett,80,AUS 11) 1004 2:07.16 200 breast F Jim Piper,81,AUS
Therese Alshammar (SWE) won the second final in the 50 freestyle with 24.16. (She had done a faster 23.95 in the first swim). The reswim did not change the order of finish of the top three. Alison Sheppard (GBR) second with 24.28, and Tammie Stone (USA) third with 24.65.
Lindsay Benko (USA) won the 200 free in world record time of 1:54.04, with China's Yu Yang second 1:55.34, and Yanvei Xu third in 1:55.63. Benko won the 200 back earlier.
Jennifer Carroll (CAN) won the 50 backstroke with a 27.38 for a championship record. Haley Cope (USA) in second 27.44, and Diana MacManus (USA) third 27.60. World record holder Hui Li (CHN) off her best, fifth with 27.78, her record of 26.83 from last December not in play today.
Hui Qi (CHN) won the 200 breaststroke in 2:20.91, with Emma Igelstrom (SWE) in second 2:21.30, still her best ever. Mirna Jukic (AUT) in third with 2:21.63.
Martina Moravcova (SVK) easily won the 100 fly in 57.04, with Petria Thomas (AUS) in second 57.91 and Anna-Karin Kammerling (SWE) in third with 58.12.
Rating Summary of Top Women's Performances 1) 1038 29.96 50 breast F Emma Igelstrom,80,SWE 2) 1028 30.17 50 breast F Xuejuan Luo,84,CHN 3) 1020 1:54.04 200 free F Lindsay Benko,76,USA 4) 1017 7:46.30 4x200 free F China,CHN 1017 25.55 50 fly F Anna-Karin Kammerling,80,SWE 6) 1015 3:55.78 4x100 medley F Sweden,SWE 1015 57.04 100 fly F Martina Moravcova,76,SVK 8) 1013 23.95 50 free F Therese Alshammar,77,SWE 9) 1013 7:47.55 4x200 free F United States,USA 10) 1010 30.56 50 breast F Zoe Baker,76,GBR 11) 1010 4:30.63 400 IM F Yana Klochkova,82,UKR
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