DEBRECEN, Hungary, December 15. THE women's 50 backstroke world records are an endangered species this year. First, Leila Vaziri of the United States took down the long course standard during the World Championships in Melbourne. Then, China's Yang Li one upped her at the World Military Games with the standing 28.09.
Today, Croatian Sanja Jovanovic crushed the previous short course record of China's Li Hui (26.83) at the European Short Course Championships.
The Croatian, who had held her national record with a 26.91 from last month, dropped .33 seconds from the mark with a time of 26.50.
Meanwhile, Germany's Janine Pietsch took second in 27.11, while Austria's Fabienne Nadarajah placed third in 27.50, just inside her national record of 27.51..