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FINA World Championships, Swimming: Marieke Guehrer Powers Down Stretch for 50 Fly World Title -- August 1, 2009

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ROME, Italy, August 1. AUSTRALIA's Marieke Guehrer powered down the final 15 meters to overtake the field for the world title in the women's 50 fly at the FINA World Championships.


Guehrer clocked a 25.48 to walk away with the world title, and lower her national record of 25.58. Her time tied for sixth all time with a mark by Sweden's Therese Alshammar.

China's Zhou Yafei claimed silver with a 25.57, while Norway's Ingvild Snildal completed the podium in 25.58.

Alshammar, who had an early lead under world record pace through the first 30 meters, faded at the end to a fourth-place 25.59. Alshammar had just come off a world record time of 25.07 during semis.

The Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis (25.63), Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom (25.66), France's Diane Bui Duyet (25.92) and Brazil's Daynara De Paula (26.12) rounded out the championship heat.


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