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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Meet Record Falls Three Times; Cameron van der Burgh Joins Club 26 With Near World Record in 50 Breast Qualifying -- July 28, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 28. OLEG Lisogor's meet record of 27.46 from 2003 didn't stand a chance in the men's 50 breast qualifying at the FINA World Championships.


In heat 12, Ireland's Barry Murphy clocked a 27.26 to wipe out the record. Australia's Brenton Rickard followed in heat 15 with a 27.15, while South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh rattled Felipe Silva's world record of 26.89 with a top-seeded 26.92. He became only the second man to clear 27 seconds.

Silva checked in with a 27.12 for second, while Rickard's time earned him the third seed. Slovenia's Matjaz Markic captured fourth in 27.19 to clip Emil Tahirovic's national mark of 27.20 from May.

Italy's Alessandro Terrin (27.20), Greece's Dimitrios Xynadas (27.20), Germany's Hendrik Feldwehr (27.25) and Murphy (27.26) made up the top eight. Terrin lowered his national record of 27.22 from earlier this month, while Xynadas crushed his mark of 27.71 from March. Feldwehr broke a two-way tie at 27.30 between he and Johannes Neumann for the German record.

United States' Mark Gangloff (27.27), Neumann (27.27), Tahirovic (27.29), Brazil's Joao Gomes Jr. (27.30), Serbia's Caba Siladji (27.35), Lisogor (27.37), Belarus' Viktor Vabischchevich (27.38) and Japan's Yuki Honda (27.43) comprised the rest of the semifinal field.


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July 28, 2009 Wow that was fast. I believe the meet record from 2003 was actually James Gibson's. Glad Gangloff got in.
Submitted by: SwimDER94
July 28, 2009 van der Burgh's winning time in this event at Worlds in Melbourne would have placed him 27th today.

Submitted by: rcoach
July 28, 2009 Is it safe to assume that in any event where a world record is not set the winning swimmers are not up to world standard? It's a pity that FINA is banning the supersuits. I was looking forward to Mercedes, BMW and Ferrari, inter alia, entering the swimming environment with butt propellors or some other artificial aids to compliment those suits. All in the name of technological advancement I say. (tongue in cheek).
Submitted by: m.j.h
July 28, 2009 butt propellers...that surely is the logical next step when all profit has been exhausted from suits.
Submitted by: coraltrout
July 28, 2009 butt propellers...that surely is the logical next step when all possible profit has been extracted from suits...
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