BERLIN, Germany, November 17. FIRE in the water! A second world record fell at the Berlin, Germany World Cup short course meter stop. With Sweden's Stefan Nystrand already knocking out the global standard in the men's 100 free, the Netherlands' Marleen Veldhuis decided to do the same in the women's 50 free.
Veldhuis blazed the splash-and-dash event with a time of 23.58 to pip Sweden's Therese Alshammar's global standard of 23.59 set way back in March 2000. The mark also jumped Veldhuis well ahead of Libby Lenton's season-best time of 23.77 set at the Australian Short Course Championships in August.
Additionally, the United States' Dara Torres rocketed past the previous American record of 24.21 set by Kara Lynn Joyce in March 2004. Torres led prelims with an AR-time of 23.87 before posting a blistering time of 23.82 for second place in finals.
Notably, Alshammar (24.05) and teammate Anna-Karin Kammerling (24.32) took third and fourth, respectively.