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2013 Worlds. World records broken in Barcelona

Aug 3, 2013  - Fabio Terrone

Two more world records fell at the Swimming World Championships taking place in Barcelona in semi-final/final session tonight.

American Katie Ledecky set her second world record, this time in the final of the 800 metres freestyle.

Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte set the world 50 metres breaststroke record in a semi-final.

Ledecky, 16, finished in 8:13.86, beating the mark of 8:14.10 set by Rebecca Adlington of Great Britain at the 2008 Games in Beijing. Second was the 2009 world champion, Lotte Friis of Denmark (8:16.32) while third placed New Zealand Lauren Boyle who set a new record of Oceania of 8:18.58.

World record evolution:
8:13.86 Katie Ledecky USA Barcelona 03.08.13
8:14.10 Rebecca Adlington GBR Beijing 16.08.08
8:16.22 Janet Evans USA Tokyo 20.08.89
8:17.12 Janet Evans USA Orlando 22.03.88
8:19.53 Anke Möhring GDR Strasbourg 19.08.87

Earlier Meilutyte demolished the 50m breaststroke world record swimming 29.48 seconds in the second semi-final.

American Missy Frankllin has added gold medals in the 200 metres backstroke to her 100m backstroke and 200 free titles. She won in a competition record of 2:04.76 tonight.

In other women's results Danish Jeanette Ottesen won the 50m butterfly ahead of Chinese Lu and Dutch Kromowidjojo.

Brazilian Cesar Cielo picked up his second gold medal, as he edged French rivals in the 50 metres freestyle [the Olympic and world champion had already won the 50 butterfly]. Second place for Russian Morozov and third Geroge Bovell of Trinidad and Tobago, who win a medal in a major meeting since the 2004 Games.

Olympic champion Chad le Clos has added a gold medal in the 100 metres buttterfly to the 200m title that he won on Wednesday.



1. Jeanette Ottesen DEN 25.24
2. Lu Ying CHN 25.42
3. Ranomi Kromowidjojo NED 25.53

1. Missy Franklin USA 2:04.76 CR
2. Belinda Hocking AUS 2:06.66
3. Hilary Caldwell CAN 2:06.80

1. Katie Ledecky USA 8:13.86 WR
2. Lotte Friis DEN 8:16.32
3. Lauren Boyle NZL 8:18.58


1. Cesar Cielo Filho BRA 21.32
2. Vladimir Morozov RUS 21.47
3. George Richard Bovell TRI 21.51

1. Chad le Clos RSA 51.06
2. Laszlo Cseh HUN 51.45
3. Konrad Czerniak POL 51.46