Robert Hurley at the 2011 World Cup
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SINGAPORE, November 5. THE Australian quartet of Bobby Hurley, Christian Sprenger, Alicia Coutts and Cate Campbell not only blasted the world record the Aussies set this morning at the FINA World Cup in Singapore, but it also unified the World Best and the World Record in this event.

Hurley (23.47), Sprenger (25.97), Coutts (25.35) and Campbell (23.23) rocketed to a 1:38.02 in the finale. That swim edged their morning swim of 1:39.08 that stood briefly as the world record.

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More importantly, the Aussies also crushed the previous world best of 1:38.74 posted by the French squad of Jeremy Stravius (23.13), Florent Manaudou (25.90), Melanie Henique (25.61) and Anna Santamans (24.10) last November in Chartres. That had been the fastest time legally swum in the event's history, but occurred prior to FINA officially recognizing the event for a world record this past September.

That's one controversial world record down, with one more to go in the mixed 200 freestyle relay.