MANCHESTER, England, April 10. THE Manchester fans had something special to cheer for as Liam Tancock emerged from the men's 100 back with a world title in his home country at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
He shattered his national record with a time of 50.14, just off Ryan Lochte's world-record time of 49.99 set at the championships back in 2006. Tancock's former national standard had been a 51.43 from prelims.
Randall Bal of the United States wound up taking the silver medal in a time of 50.42, while Russia's Stanislav Donets touched third in 50.53 to drop his own national record of 50.61 set last December.
In fourth, Austria's Markus Rogan dropped his national record of 50.80 from 2004 to a 50.61, while Australia's Ashley Delaney matched the national record in his country with a fifth-place 50.71. Two-time world champ Matt Welsh owns the other 50.71 from last August.
Spain's Aschwin Wildeboer also broke a national record with a sixth-place 50.96, surpassing his own 51.33 from prelims, while Brazil's Guilherme Guido did the same with a seventh-place 51.04 to drop his 51.38 from earlier action.