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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Russia's Anastasia Zueva Destroys World Record in 100 Back Semis -- July 27, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 27. RUSSIA's Anastasia Zueva put together a commanding time of 58.48 in the first women's 100 back semifinal round to earn the world record at the FINA World Championships.


The swim demolished the world record of 58.77 set by Zimbabwe's Kirsty Coventry at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The time also moved Zueva into the 58 club, as her previous best had been a 59.01 from prelims. Incidentally, Zueva also beat Gemma Spofforth's meet record of 58.78 set in prelims.

Spofforth qualified second in 58.74 from the second semi, while Australia's Emily Seebohm finished third in 59.15.

Coventry will have to wait for finals to attempt to reclaim her world record after qualifying fourth in 59.21. Japan's Shiho Sakai (59.25), China's Zhao Jing (59.39), Great Britain's Elizabeth Simmonds (59.55) and Hayley McGregory of the U.S. (59.55) also will vie for the world title.


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July 27, 2009 I think it is awesome that all the new training methods that swimmers are using now have enabled them to improve so much in less than a year. I need to learn these techniques so my age group swimmers can have the same type of improvement! LOL
Submitted by: coachmark
July 27, 2009 They should just allow the suits. For age-groupers, too! Swimming can be like T-ball. It kinda was anyway after FINA allowed the freestyle flip in back and the Kitajima breaststroke pullout. Next up, a new rule allowing swimmers to pull on the lane lines? Every kid needs a shot at the ball, right?
Submitted by: Swimmer Bill
July 27, 2009 I actually saw a girl pull on the lane line to qualify first in prelims at a meet just last weekend!
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