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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Eric Shanteau Sets American Record in 100 Breast to Pace Semis -- July 26, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 26. ERIC Shanteau of the U.S. gave Kosuke Kitajima's world record a serious run in the men's 100 breast semifinals at the FINA World Championships.


Shanteau, who just missed Kitajima's global mark of 58.91, turned in a scorching 58.96 for the top seed in the final heat tomorrow. The performance moved him into the 58 club, and cleared Mark Gangloff's American record of 59.01 set at the U.S. World Championships Trials earlier this month.

South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh finished second in 59.13, while Germany's Hendrik Feldwehr qualified third in 59.15.

Australia's Brenton Rickard (59.27), Ukraine's Igor Borysik (59.39), Lithuania's Giedruis Titenis (59.43), France's Hugues Duboscq (59.46) and Brazil's Henrique Barbosa (59.60) grabbed the rest of the transfer spots into finals.

Notably, every semifinal swimmer broke the 1:00 barrier.


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July 26, 2009 I think everyone who doesn't have any personal connection with any of the other swimmers in the race is rooting for Shanteau. His is a great story for the media, and also just a great story, period. And he's also looking awfully good for that 200 breast, btw.
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July 26, 2009 At the pool tonight, the board and the announcers all recognized the "new" world record by Igor Borysik, and not Kitajima. Of course Shanteau ended up the top seed. Igor didn't swim as well. He qualified fifth or sixth I think.... It caught me off guard to see Borysik listed as the WR holder on the jumbo-tron scoreboard-thing. Oh.... and it's too dang HOT in Rome!
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