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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! United States Clips World Record in Men's 800 Free Relay -- July 31, 2009

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ROME, Italy, July 31. IT came down to the touch, but the United States was able to beat the men's 800 free relay world record by the slimmest of margins at the FINA World Championships.


The team of Michael Phelps (1:44.49), Ricky Berens (1:44.13), David Walters (1:45.47) and Ryan Lochte (1:44.46) clocked a time of 6:58.55 to win the world title, and claim the world record.

Nearly the same team set the global mark at 6:58.56 at the 2008 Beijing Olympics as Phelps (1:43.31), Lochte (1:44.28), Berens (1:46.29) and Peter Vanderkaay (1:44.68) topped the event last summer.

Russia's Nikita Lobintsev (1:45.10), Michail Polishuk (1:45.42), Danila Izotov (1:44.48) and Alexander Sukhorukov (1:44.15) finished second in 6:59.15 to claim the European record as only the second team to break 7:00.

Australia's Kenrick Monk (1:46.00), Robert Hurley (1:46.47), Tommaso D'Orsogna (1:44.82) and Patrick Murphy (1:44.36) completed the podium with a bronze-winning 7:01.65.

Japan (7:02.26), Germany (7:03.19), Italy (7:03.48), Great Britain (7:05.67) and South Africa (7:08.51) made up the rest of the finale.

Paul Biedermann scorched Germany's leadoff with a 1:42.81 to give the team an early advantage.


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July 31, 2009 Dave Walters was out sooo fast. He payed for it too. Bit unsure of what phelps was doing. 1:44.49?! That's not what we would have expected.
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July 31, 2009
Both Russia (second) and Australia (third) were faster over the second half (400 meters) of the race than the US.

That must have been challenging decision for the coaches on what personnel to use for this relay. Even though Walters placed second at Trials and had a great 100 (American record) yesterday, I'd have left him off the relay because of concerns over his stamina in the 200 due to his recent illness. I'd have put Vanderkaay on the relay based on his morning swim and his experience.

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