TOKYO, Japan, November 10. THE Australian foursome of Tommaso D’Orsogna (21.48), Travis Mahoney (21.59), Cate Campbell (23.10) and Bronte Campbell (23.44) nearly unified the world record and the world best in the mixed gender 200 free relay with a winning time of 1:29.61 at the FINA World Cup stop in Tokyo.
That swim crushed the world record of 1:31.13 set earlier this morning by Tommaso D’Orsogna, Regan Leong, Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell, but is still short of the top time legally swum in the event of 1:29.31 by way of Australia’s Matt Abood (21.21), James Magnussen (20.64), Brittany Elmslie (23.97) and Emma McKeon (23.49) at 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.
Brazil took second in 1:30.41, also under the former world record, while Australia’s B team took third in 1:33.25.
Konami (1:34.31), Wakayama (1:34.73), Toyo (1:34.85), Niigata (1:34.97) and Waseda (1:35.44) also put up times in the finale.