World Short Course Records Fall in Germany, China

By Phillip Whitten

PHOENIX, Dec. 3. WORLD short course records fell in meets on opposite sides of the globe the last few days, with one mark being broken by two swimmers from the same country who finished in a tie.

In Rostock, Germany, Thomas Rupprath broke the world record for the 200 meter butterfly on Saturday, clocking 1:51.21. The old mark was 1:51.58 set by Frenchman Franck Esposito last January in Antibes, France.

The 24-year-old broke the record during the second day of the German short-course championships in the northern German city of Rostock. A day earlier, he set a European record for the 50 meter backstroke in 23.75.

Yesterday, China's Chen Hua broke a 14-year-old short course world record in the women's 800 meter freestyle at the World Cup IV meet in Shanghai.

The 19-year-old won the race in 8:15.15. The old record of 8:15.34 was set by East Germany's Astrid Strauss in 1987.

Chen said she had expected to break Strauss' mark.
"This world record is no surprise to me. I am in good shape and I expected to beat it.

Earlier, Chinese newcomer Li Hui smashed the world record in the women's 50 meter backstroke. Li, 16, improved her personal best by almost two full seconds to win the all-Chinese final in 26.83 in front of her home crowd. The previous world record was 27.25, set last year by the USA's Haley Cope.

Today, on the second day of the Shanghai meet, China's Luo Xuejuan and newcomer Li Wei simultaneously touched the wall in 30.56 seconds in the women's 50 meter breaststroke. Both swimmers were under Penny Heyns' world record of 30.60 from 1999.

FINA official Camillo Cametti said he believed it was the first time two swimmers had tied while breaking a world record. He was right, though a similar happening occurred two decades ago. In 1980, the USA's Bill barrett set the world and American record in the 200m (long course) IM at 2:03.24. In 1981, Canada's Alex Baumann lowered the world mark to 2:02.78. However at the 1983 US Nationals, Barrett and Steve Lundquist tied for first place. Their time: 2:03.24! Thus they not only tied for first, but they also equalled Barrett's still-standing American record from three years earlier.

RESULTS
World Cup IV
Shanghai, China
December 2-3, 2001

25 meter pool

December 2, 2001: Day One

Men's 100m freestyle
1. Denis Pimankov (RUS) 48.29
2. Edvaldo Silvia (BRA) 49.60
3. Kyle Smerdon (CAN) 50.04

Men's 50m breatstroke
1. Roman Slodnov (RUS) 26.90
2. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 27.33
3. Da Quing Yu (CHN) 27.77

Men's 400m individiual medley
1. James Goddard (GBR) 4:16.88
2. Zi Qiang Li (CHN) 4:18.33
3. Jirka Letzin (GER) 4:19.31

Men's 100m backstroke
1. Gordan Kozulj (CRO) 54.25
2. Rui Yu (CHN) 54.45
3. Michael Gilliam (USA) 54.63

Men's 200m butterfly
1. Hong Wei Wang (CHN) 1:56.69
2. Si Hua Wang (CHN) 1:58.99
3. Mateus Lordelo (BRA) 2:01.00

Men's 400m freestyle
1. Zhi Xiang Ji (CHN) 3:51.17
2. Shi Bin Zheng (CHN) 3:51.28
3. Bin Ying (CHN) 3:51.38

Men's 200m breaststroke
1. Roman Sludnov (RUS) 2:09.75
2. Jim Piper (AUS) 2:10.24
3. Hao Cheng (CHN) 2:11.68

Men's 50m butterfly
1. Qiang Zhang (CHN) 24.10
2. Chen Gu (CHN) 24.51
3. Denis Pimankov (RUS) 24.62

Men's 100m individual medley
1. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 55.47
2. Lei Chen (CHN) 55.80
3. Jirka Letzin (GER) 56.15

Women's 200m freestyle
1. Yu Yang (CHN) 1:56.42
2. Jie Leiju (CHN) 1:58.16
3. Claudia Poll (CRC) 1:58.20

Women's 100m breaststroke
1. Luo Xuejuan (CHN) 1:06.22
2. Qi Hui (CHN) 1:06.95
3. Emma Igelstrom (SWE) 1:08.12

Women's 100m butterfly
1. Martina Moracova (SVK) 57.74
2. Johanna Sjoberg (SWE) 58.50
3. Jing Jingsui (CHN) 59.66

Women's 50m backstroke
1. Li Hui (CHN) 26.83 WR
2. Shu Zhan (CHN) 27.82
3. Chang Gao (CHN) 28.00

Women's 200m individual medley
1. Hui Qi (CHN) 2:11.52
2. Wei Huishi (CHN) 2:12.68
3. Tian Ruan (CHN) 2:13.04

Women's 50m freestyle
1. Xiao Weizhou (CHN) 24.92
2. Johanna Sjoberg (SWE) 25.06
3. Martina Moracova (SVK) 25.14

Women's 200m backstroke
1. Wei Ya Ma (CHN) 2:10.80
2. Kelly Stefanyshyn(CAN) 2:12.32
3. Wen Jingzhou (CHN) 2:13.92

Women's 800m freestyle
1. Chen Hua (CHN) 8:15.15 WR
2. Jing Zhi (CHN) 8:26.80
3. Jing Zhen (CHN) 8:27.03

Dec. 3, 2001: Day Two

Men's 200m freestyle
1. Liu Yu (CHN) 1:46.94
2. Guillem Riand (FRA) 1:48.52
3. Kyle Smerdon (CAN) 1:48.93

Men's 100m breaststroke
1. Roman Sloudnov (RUS) 0:58.57
2. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 1:00.40
3. Liu Ziqian (CHN) 1:01.18

Men's 100m butterfly
1. Wang Hongwei (CHN) 53.68
2. Gu Chen (CHN) 54.49
3. Doug Wake (CAN) 55.01

Men's 50m backstroke
1. Cao Xuewei (CHN) 25.00
2. Michael Gilliam (USA) 25.17
3. Chen Lei (CHN) 25.27

Men's 200m individual medley
1. Jirka Letzin (GER) 1:59.18
2. Xavier Marchand (FRA) 2:00.39
3. Liu Haitao (CHN) 2:00.63

Men's 50m freestyle
1. Denis Pimankov (RUS) 22.35
2. Oleg Lisogor (UKR) 22.58
3. Edvaldo Silva (BRA) 22.63

Men's 1,500m freestyle
1. Yu Chen (CHN) 15:05.06
2. Ying Bin (CHN) 15:12.65
3. Song Yueliang (CHN) 15:15.71

Men's 200m backstroke
1. Wu Peng (CHN) 1:56.82
2. Gordan Kozulj (CRO) 1:57.69
3. Wu Junqing (CHN) 1:59.85

Women's 100m freestyle
1. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 53.93
2. Johanna Sjoberg (SWE) 54.01
3. Zhu Yingwen (CHN) 54.58

Women's 50m breaststroke
1. Luo Xuejuan (CHN) 30.56 WR
1. Li Wei (CHN) 30.56 WR
3. Emma Igelstrom (SWE) 31.25

Women's 400m individual medley
1. Qi Hui (CHN) 4:39.97
2. Beatrice Caslaru (ROM) 4:42.93
3. Shi Weihui (CHN) 4:43.10

Women's 100m backstroke
1. Li Hui (CHN) 0:58.96
2. Zhan Shu (CHN) 0:59.25
3. Hua Jing (CHN) 1:00.92

Women's 200m butterfly
1. Yang Yu (CHN) 2:07.54
2. Hong Yijing (CHN) 2:12.70
3. Shi Wen (CHN) 2:13.48

Women's 400m freestyle
1. Chen Hua (CHN) 4:02.80
2. Zhen Jing (CHN) 4:06.51
3. Zhang Yan (CHN) 4:07.01

Women's 200m breaststroke
1. Qi Hui (CHN) 2:23.96
2. Ruan Tian (CHN) 2:27.54
3. Beatrice Caslaru (ROM) 2:28.09

Women's 100m individual medley
1. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 1:00.97
2. Xu Yanwei (CHN) 1:01.08
3. Ruan Tian (CHN) 1:02.13

Women's 50m butterfly
1. Johanna Sjoberg (SWE) 26.78
2. Martina Moravcova (SVK) 26.81
3. Sui Jingjing (CHN) 27.04

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