TOKYO, Japan, November 9. THE foursome of Tommaso D’Orsogna, Regan Leong, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell blasted the world record in the mixed gender 200-meter freestyle relay during heat one at the FINA World Cup in Tokyo.
The Australian quartet clocked a 1:31.13 for the top time in the heat. That performance shot down the previous world record of 1:32.52 set by Japan during the Dubai stop of the FINA World Cup this year.
The time, however, is still two seconds back of unifying the world best and the world record. Australia’s Matt Abood (21.21), James Magnussen (20.64), Brittany Elmslie (23.97) and Emma McKeon (23.49) hold the top time legally swum in the event with a 1:29.31 from the Eindhoven stop of the World Cup this year.
FINA only began officially recognizing a world record in the event in late September, which hatched plenty of thoughts regarding who would first set the record. Indiana University first laid claim to the mark with a 1:41.16 before watching the record disappear quickly thereafter and nearly re-align with the Australian record in the event.