Flash! Hansen Shatters World Record in 200-meter Breaststroke

By John Lohn

LONG BEACH, Calif., July 11. HE did it again. Brendan Hansen, three days removed from a world record in the 100-meter breaststroke, claimed his second world record of these Olympic Trials, as the University of Texas product clocked 2:09.04 in the 200 breast, his pet event. The former record (2:09.42) was set last year by Japan's Kosuke Kitajima.

The 2001 world champ in the event, Hansen also removed Mike Barrowman's name from the record. Barrowman had held the American record (2:10.16) since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Hansen led from the start and expanded his lead throughout the race, until he was challenging only the clock.

After splitting 29.22 for his opening 50 meters, Hansen hit the midpoint of the race in 1:01.88, well under the world-record split. At the 150-meter mark, Hansen was timed in 1:35.38. He brought the race home in 33.66.

Scott Usher, swimming a strong back half to his race, picked up the second Olympic nod with a time of 2:10.90, making him the fourth-fastest American in the history of the event. Usher was followed in third place by Gary Marshall (2:13.82).

Ed Moses, the 2000 Olympic silver medalist in the 100 breast, finished fourth in 2:14.12, just ahead of Mark Gangloff (2:14.17). Moses has been struggling throughout the competition with breathing problems.

USA Swimming-National Meets
2004 U. S. Olympic Team Trials – 7/7/2004 to 7/14/2004

Event 16 Men 200 LC Meter Breaststroke
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World: W 2:09.42 7/24/2003 Kosuke Kitajima, JPN
American: A 2:10.16 7/29/1992 Mike Barrowman, USA
U.S. Open: O 2:10.40 3/30/2001 Ed Moses, Curl-Burke
Meet: M 2:10.76 7/10/2004 Brendan Hansen, Longhorn Aq.
Oly. Tr. Cut: 2:19.99
Name Age Team Semis Finals
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=== Finals ===

1 Hansen, Brendan 22 Longhorn Aquatic 2:10.76 2:09.04W
29.22 1:01.88 (32.66)
1:35.38 (33.50) 2:09.04 (33.66)
2 Usher, Scott 21 Wyoming Aquatics 2:13.19 2:10.90
30.06 1:03.78 (33.72)
1:37.51 (33.73) 2:10.90 (33.39)
3 Marshall, Gary 22 ConocoPhillips S 2:14.60 2:13.82
30.22 1:03.10 (32.88)
1:37.07 (33.97) 2:13.82 (36.75)
4 Moses, Ed 24 Curl-Burke Swim/ 2:15.00 2:14.12
29.78 1:03.41 (33.63)
1:38.31 (34.90) 2:14.12 (35.81)
5 Gangloff, Mark 22 Auburn Aquatics/ 2:13.99 2:14.17
29.85 1:03.81 (33.96)
1:38.24 (34.43) 2:14.17 (35.93)
6 Denniston, David 25 Irvine Novaquati 2:15.27 2:14.73
29.86 1:03.58 (33.72)
1:38.26 (34.68) 2:14.73 (36.47)
7 Bassett, Ethan 23 Curl-Burke Swim/ 2:16.19 2:16.03
30.51 1:04.63 (34.12)
1:39.90 (35.27) 2:16.03 (36.13)
8 Hurley, Ryan 18 Curl-Burke Swim 2:16.41 2:17.72
31.03 1:05.56 (34.53)
1:40.53 (34.97) 2:17.72 (37.19)

=== Semi-Finals ===

9 Rowe, Caleb 21 Hawaii Swimming/ 2:17.36
10 Callahan, Andrew 17 Dynamo Swim Club 2:17.58
11 Shanteau, Eric 20 Swim Atlanta/Aub 2:17.65
12 Schurr, Christian 19 Longhorn Aquatic 2:17.66
13 Mahoney, Sean 15 Terrapins Swim T 2:18.19
14 Lowe, Matthew 18 Tucson Ford Deal 2:18.36
15 Quinn, Sean 23 North Carolina A 2:18.67
16 Kibbe, James 19 Univ. Of Michiga 2:19.56

Brendan Hansen swimming breaststroke

Scott Usher made his first Olympic team in the 200 Breast

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