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Han Xue sets 50 meter breaststroke world record

January 29, 1997

GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) _ China’s Han Xue broke her own world record for the women’s short course 50 meters breaststroke Wednesday, with a clocking of 30.88 seconds at a World Cup meet.

Australian Michael Klim went within 0.02 of setting a new mark for the 100 butterfly while Liu Limin had a shot at Mary T. Meagher’s 16-year-old 200 butterfly mark, but missed it by more than a second.

The 15-year-old Han broke the mark of 30.98 set at Beijing in January last year. She finished almost a meter ahead of Britain’s Jaime King, who was timed at 32.11 while Tara Sloan of Canada finished third in 32.37.

Klim was pushed throughout the men’s 100 fly by Britain’s James Hickman and clocked 52.09, just two-hundredths of a second off the world record set by Canadian Marcel Gery in 1990. Hickman swam a European record 52.34, beating a seven-year-old mark owned by Michael Gross.

It was Klim’s fourth victory of the meet after victories in the 100 and 200 freestyle and 50 butterfly.

Halfway through the women’s 200 butterfly, Liu was 0.15 inside Meagher’s world mark but slipped back in the second half of the race.

At the finish she was timed in 2:06.85 compared with Meagher’s 2:05.65.

Backstroker Lu Bin, competing for the first time outside her country after serving a two-year suspension for steroid use, thought she had added the 100 meter title to her 50 meter victory Tuesday when she powered to victory.

But the judges ruled that her roll-over at the first turn was illegal. She was disqualified and victory went to Britain’s Zoe Cray, who clocked 1:01.85.

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