Rome 2009, Day 4:
Women's 50m backstroke
Aleksandra Herasimenia (BLR) set a championship record of 27.65 in the heats of the 50m back, with Daniela Samulski (GER), the world record holder, hot on her tail, 0.05sec back.
Herasimenia, who served a doping ban, went through to the semis in second place on 28.71 back in Melbourne 2007. Her gain on the clock, for clarity, we put down to the shiny suit on the skins of most at the Foro Italico this week. Second through in Melbourne would not have made it to the semi-finals in Rome.