Busy Year For World Records
06-Aug-2006 Craig Lord
Just four world long-course records, all held by women, survive from the last century in the midst of a busy year for pioneers of the pool: twelve world records have fallen so far this year, ten of them in women's events.
Libby Lenton (AUS) 53.42 - 100m freestyle
Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.71 - 100m breaststroke
Leisel Jones (AUS) 2:20.54 - 200m breaststroke
Leisel Jones (AUS) 1:05.09 - 100m breaststroke
AUSTRALIA (Sophie Edington, 1:01.06, Leisel Jones, 1:05.51, Jessica Schipper, 56.86, Libby Lenton, 52.87) 3:56.30 - 4x100m medley
Laure Manaudou (FRA) 4:03.03 - 400m freestyle
Britta Steffen (GER) 53.30 - 100m freestyle
GERMANY (Petra Dallmann 54.53; Daniela Goetz 53.87; Britta Steffen 52.66 (fastest ever split); Annika Liebs 54.16 - 4x100m freestyle
GERMANY (Petra Dallmann 1:59.14; Daniela Samulski 1:58.27; Britta Steffen 1:57.77; Annika Liebs 1:55.64 (fastest ever split) - 4x200m freestyle
Laure Manaudou (FRA) 4:02.13 - 400m freestyle
Brendan Hansen (US) 59.13 - 100m breaststroke
Brendan Hansen (US) 2:08.74 - 200m breaststroke
There was also an equalled world record over 50m backstroke to Aleksandr Herasimenia, the Beloruss backstroker back from a doping suspension, on 28.19 over 50m, a tie with Janine Pietsch of Germany.
And the survivors:
800m freestyle - Janet Evans (US) 8:16.22, Tokyo, Aug 20, 1989
1,500m freestyle - Janet Evans (US) 15:52.10, Orlando, May 26, 1988
200m backstroke - Krisztina Egerszegi (HUN) 2:06.62, Aug 25, 1991
200m medley - Wu Yanyan (CHN) 2:09.72, Oct 17, 1997*
* - before she was suspended for four years after testing positive for an anabolic steroid
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