MANCHESTER, England, April 13. NEW Zealand's Moss Burmester took a shot at Franck Esposito's world record time of 1:50.73 in the men's 200 fly, but settled for a meet and national record at the FINA World Short Course Championships.
Burmester rocketed to a time of 1:51.05, which destroyed not only Burmester's national record of 1:53.94 set in 2006, but also the meet record of Wu Peng set with a 1:52.36 in 2006.
"New Zealand swimmer Anthony Mosse is my inspiration – ever since I was 10 when he came to a training camp I was on in Tauranga," Burmester told meet organizers. "He has been a really great support and role model ever since. He even came to support me at the Olympic trials we just had. He has given me great advice over the years. He always tells me to keep my hips up, especially when I'm getting tired at the end of the race. His words go through my head ‘hips up, hips up'."
Russia's Nikolay Skvortsov made his own push with a second-place time of 1:51.83, while Poland's Pawel Korzeniowski claimed bronze in 1:52.25.