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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Britta Steffen Wins 100 Free, Lowers World Record Again -- July 31, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 31. GERMANY's Britta Steffen has been on fire in the women's 100 free over the past few weeks. This evening was no different as she lowered her world record in the event at the FINA World Championships.


As a relay leadoff, Steffen clocked a 52.22 earlier this meet. Tonight, she won the world title with a 52.07 after a strong back half. The 100 free has followed this progression this year:

52.88 Libby Trickett, AUS – Sydney 03-29-08
52.85p Britta Steffen, GER – Berlin 06-25-09
52.56 Britta Steffen, GER – Berlin 06-27-09
52.22r Britta Steffen, GER – Rome 07-26-09
52.07 Britta Steffen, GER – Rome 07-31-09

Great Britain's Fran Halsall raced by Australia's Libby Trickett for silver with a 52.87, while Trickett settled for bronze with a 52.93.

Amanda Weir (53.12) and Dana Vollmer (53.30) of the United States finished outside of the medals with a fourth and fifth place effort.

Meanwhile, The Netherlands' Ranomi Kromowidjojo (53.37), Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen (53.70) and Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto (53.92) completed the finale.


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July 31, 2009 is it just my computer or is the universal sports video not working today? so far ive missed the first 2 world records set and im really mad about that.
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July 31, 2009 It's worse than that. For those of us who can't be at a computer during the live swims and who depend on the on-demand, its like they have a limit on available memory or something. It is disgusting. Multiple 200s where they cut out from 75 to about 140 meters; 800 Free relays where they cut out entire legs and then some; 1500 or 800 races where they cut out a thousand or 600 meters respectively. Rowdy may be irritating to listen to making all his errors, but I'd sure rather listen to him than have the heart of the race disappear into cyberspace by conscious decision of the entity which purchased the right and took on the responsibility to present the event. Are they really that stupid. If they think the bulk of those signing on don't have long enough of an attention span for the sport to watch the whole race, do they not also think they can click on the end of feed to get how much they want? Then the rest of us can WATCH THE RACE.
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