By Phillip Whitten
BERLIN, Jan. 26. ED Moses lost one of the world records he set only days ago in Stockholm, but the Curl-Burke swim star continued to improve on his 200 meter mark, taking it where no man has gone before — indeed, where no other man has even thought of going before.
Ukraine's Oleg Lisogor, the world champion in the 50 meter breaststroke at last summer's World Championships in Japan, took the short course 50 meter mark away from Moses when he clocked a stunning 26.20 seconds. Moses' old mark, still dripping wet from four days ago, was 26.28. Moses was second today in 26.48–the third fastest time in history.
Undeterred, Moses came back less than an hour later to lower his own world mark in the 200m breaststroke for the third time in less than two weeks. Moses' 2:03.17 shaved 11-hundredths off his 2:03.28 from Stockholm.
Moses originally set the world mark at 2:06.40 at the 2000 NCAA Championships. Less than two weeks ago, in Paris, he stunned the swimming world by clocking 2:04.37. Then came his 2:03.28 in Stockholm, before today's 2:03.17.
In today's race, Moses won by almosts six seconds over Olympic silver medalist Terrence Parkin of South Africa.
Australia's Geoff Huegill lowered his own global standard of 22.84 in the 50 fly, a time he had set in Melbourne last December and equaled last week, when he stopped the clock at 22.74 seconds in the prelims today. In the fianls he swam 22.80.
Dallas-based Martina Moravcova, of Slovakia, scored the fourth record of the day when she shaved one-hundredth of a second off Jenny Thompson's 100 meter butterfly record with her 56.55 second effort.
There were other highlights in this very fast day of swimming:
The USA's Lindsay Benko was a double winner, smashing her own American record in the 200 free with a scintillating 1:55.16 performance. Her old mark, set last December was 1:56.21. Displaying her versatility,
Benko came back to win the 200 back in a personal best 2:06.86.
Sweden's Emma Igelstrom lowered her own European mark in the 100m braeststroke. Her 1:06.14 bettered the 1:06.21 she swam in Stockholm. Tomorrow, the Swede will also be aiming for her own global mark of 30.43
in the 50 breast, a time she swam in Stockholm three days ago.
Australia's Amanda Pascoe carved three seconds off the Commonwealth record in the 800 free, as she cruised to a convincing 12-second win. Pascoe's 8:17.64 erased the 8:20.13 by Jamaica's Janelle Atkinson last November.
Canada's Jennifer Carroll lowered her own national mark in winning the 50 back (27.21) over the USA's Haley Cope, while Olympic champ, Yana Klochkova, won handily in the 200 IM (2:09.24). China's Xu Yanwei won the 50 free in 24.91, as only 8-hundredths separated the top three swimmers.
The USA's Jason Lezak remained undefeated in the 100 free, but he was pushed to the limit. Lezak, clocked 47.30 seconds for the four lap sprint, just 5-hundredths slower than his world-leading time. Argentina's Jose Meolans was only three-hundredths behind in a national record 47.33, while Algeria's Salim Iles was third in 47.54, also a national record.
Lenny Krayzelburg made his competitive debut after undergoing should surgery last fall, and he looked good in placing second in the 100 back (52.38) behind Germany's Thomas Rupprath (51.35).
Another german, Jens Kruppa, won a closely-contested 100 IM in 54.60. South Africa's Theo verster was second (54.68), followed by the USA's Ron Karnaugh (54.73).
Britain's James Hickman, the European champion, won the 200 fly in 153.20; Terrence Parkin took the 400 IM (4:10.39), nd Italy's massi Rosolino won the 400 free (3:43.38).
100 meter freestyle
1. Jason Lezak, USA 47.30
2. Jose Meolans, ARG 47.33 NR
3. Salim Iles, ALG 47.54 NR
50 meter breaststroke
1. Oleg Lisogor, UKR 26.20 WR
2. Ed Moses, USA 26.48
3. Michael Fischer, GER 27.73
400 meters individual medley
1. Terence Parkin, RSA 4:10.39
2. Tobias Oriwol, CAN 4:12.68
3. Jochen Hanz, GER 4:14.68
100 meter backstroke
1. Thomas Rupprath, GER 51.35
2. Lenny Krayzelburg, USA 52.38
3. Stev Theloke, GER 52.72
200 meter butterfly
1. James Hickman, GBR 1:53.20
2. Christian Keller, GER 1:57.00
3. Johannes Dietrich, GER 1:58.72
400 meter freestyle
1. Massi Rosolino, ITA 3:43.38
2. Han Kyu-chul, KOR 3:43.98
3. Dragos Coman, ROM 3:44.47
200 meter breaststroke
1. Ed Moses, USA 2:03.17 WR
2. Terence Parkin, RSA 2:08.91
3. Maxim Podoprigora, AUT 2:10.10
100 meter individual medley
1. Jens Kruppa, GER 54.60
2. Theo Verster, RSA 54.68
3. Ron Karnaugh, USA 54.73
50 meter butterfly
1. Geoff Huegill, AUT 22.80 (22.74p WR)
2. Thomas Rupprath, GER 23.23
3. Nicholas Santos, BRA 23.42
200 meter freestyle
1. Lindsay Benko, USA 1:55.16 NR
2. Solenne Figues, FRA 1:56.18
3. Rachel Komisarz, USA 1:57.68
100 meter breaststroke
1. Emma Igelstroem, SWE 1:06.14 ER
2. Sarah Poewe, RSA 1:06.28
3. Amanda Beard, USA 1:07.09
100 meter butterfly
1. Martina Moravcova, SVK 56.55 WR
2. Rachel Komisarz, USA 58.05
3. Johanna Sjoberg, SWE 58.64
50 meter backstroke
1. Jennifer Carroll, CAN 27.26 NR
2. Haley Cope, USA 27.65
3. Antje Buschschulte, GER 28.03
200 meter individual medley
1. Yana Klochkova, UKR 2:09.24
2. Beatrice Caslaru, ROM 2:10.99
3. Julie Hjorth-Hansen, DEN 2:11.05
50 meter freestyle
1. Xu Yanwei, CHN 24.91
2. Johanna Sjoberg, SWE 24.94
3. Kathrin Meissner, GER 24.99
800 meter freestyle
1. Amanda Pascoe, AUS 8:17.64 CR
2. Rachel Komisarz, USA 8:29.12
3. Chantal Strasser, SUI 8:29.86
200 meter backstroke
1. Lindsay Benko, USA 2:06.86
2. Antje Buschschulte, GER 2:08.18
3. Charlene Wittstock, RSA 2:09.82
WR: World Record
CR: Commonwealth Record
ER: European Record
NR: National Record