VICTORIA, British Columbia, Aug. 18. BRENDAN Hansen not only posted the only sub-minute time of finals in the 100-meter breaststroke at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, he also lowered his meet record of 1:00.17 set during prelims with a 59.90.
After setting the world record in the event with a 59.13 at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships earlier this month, Hansen’s attempt at breaking it in two consecutive meets came close.
"It's hard to come off our nationals just a few weeks ago, but any chance you've got to go under a minute, I’ll take it," Hansen said.
Meanwhile, Australia’s Brenton Rickard captured silver in 1:00.39, while Japan’s Kosuke Kitajima snared bronze in 1:00.90.
At the end of the race, the United States moved its medal total to 14 (9G, 5S), while Japan increased its second-place tally to nine (1G, 2S, 6B). Australia sat in third with seven (1G, 2S, 4B).