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FINA World Cup 2 - Day 2 Report

Nov 29, 2003  - Russell McKinnon - FINA Press Commission Member

Melbourne, AUS - Two nights. Two world records. That is the current status after two days of the three-day World Cup swimming meet at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre here. And both records belong to one person, Australia's Leisel Jones.

Phelps is the leading swimmer at the meet with four gold medals while Australian Lisbeth Lenton has four medals - two gold and two bronze.

Last night it was the 100m breaststroke and tonight it was the 200m breaststroke, finishing in a lightning-fast 2:17.75, a whole 1.1s faster than the record held by China's Hui Qi.

From the sunny State of Queensland, a relaxed Jones turned it on for the 1620-strong crowd. She admitted to being relaxed going into the meet. "That's the main reason I'm swimming so well. I've been socialising down here."

On the race, she said: "I went out pretty relaxed with no expectations, making it controlled and taking it very easy. Just after the 100m I slowed down a bit and kept the stroke controlled." On her chances for a third world record in the 50m breaststroke tomorrow night, she said: "I'm not the best 50 swimmer but who knows the way I'm feeling now?"

While Jones was setting the pool on fire with her world record and World Cup mark, the United States' Michael Phelps was rattling the cage that houses the record book. While not world records, he set two World Cup standards in the 200m backstroke and the 200m individual medley.

He toyed with the world record in the 200m backstroke, swimming the second best in history as he upstaged local hope Matt Welsh. Then he gained the third best of all time in the 200m individual medley, with a 1:54.85, behind two swimmers who share the world mark