SINGAPORE, November 4. FOR the first time since it began being recognized as a FINA-official world record, the mixed 200 medley relay global mark fell during prelims of the FINA World Cup in Singapore.
Australia’s Bobby Hurley (23.81), Christian Sprenger (26.07), Alicia Coutts (25.57) and Cate Campbell (23.63) blazed their way to a 1:39.08 in prelims to track down the world record. France’s Jeremy Stravius (23.15), Giacomo Perez Dortona (26.41), Melanie Henique (25.45) and Anna Santamans (24.53) downed the record during the Doha stop of the FINA World Cup with a 1:39.54 just a few weeks ago.
With that swim, the record is getting ever so much closer to equalizing with the actual world best in the event. In Chartres last November, the French squad of Stravius (23.13), Florent Manaudou (25.90), Henique (25.61) and Santamans (24.10) posted the top legal swim ever in the short course meter event with a 1:38.74.
Unfortunately, that swim has never been recognized by FINA, since the organization only began officially recognizing the mixed 200 short course meter free and medley relays in late September when they accepted a pair of times from Indiana University as part of a specially-schedule relay extravaganza to break eight separate world records that had just been approved by FINA.
The international federation decided to compromise and only recognize two of the swims after much controversy regarding IU’s public relations play. Tonight, the world may see the world record and world best in the mixed relay finally become unified.