Two Swimming Records Set
HONG KONG (AP) _ Ian Thorpe of Australia set a shortcourse world swimming record today in the 200-meter freestyle and a Swedish women’s team broke a world mark in a freestyle relay at the world championships.
The 16-year-old Thorpe broke a nine-year old record held by Giorgio Lamberti of Italy, cutting .36 seconds off the mark. Thorpe was time in 1 minute, 43.28 seconds.
Thorpe became the first to claim one of the $15,000 rewards being offered for the first time at the championships by FINA, swimming’s world governing body.
Then, in the night’s last race, Sweden’s quartet broke China’s world mark in the women’s 4x200-meter freestyle relay by .22 second.
Thorpe’s record-breaking feat came a week after fellow Australian Grant Hackett had broken Lamberti’s 10-year-old record for the 200 freestyle in a 50-meter Olympic-size pool by .02 second, swimming the first leg of a relay in 1:46.67.
Records are faster in 25-meter pools because the swimmers turn more often and gain time from pushing off the wall.