MANCHESTER, England, April 13. AUSTRALIA's Kylie Palmer touched out Femke Heemskerk of the Netherlands to win the women's 200 free at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
Palmer clocked a winning time of 1:54.41, while Heemskerk placed second in 1:54.65. Great Britain's Caitlin McClatchey rounded out the podium in 1:55.15.
"My coach just wanted me to go out hard, saying I wouldn't medal but that I should give it everything," Palmer told meet organizers. "It's the best international meet I've been able to do, to medal in four events. Now I need to discuss my goals for the Beijing Olympics."
Heemskerk cleared the national record of Inge Dekker, which had been a 1:54.89 from December. McClatchey, however, missed Melanie Marshall's national record of 1:54.53 set in 2006.
The win is the first for the Australians in the event, while China and Costa Rica are tied for the most wins with two. Claudia Poll won in 1995 and 1997 for Costa Rica, while Yang Yu won in 2000 and 2006 for China.