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FLASH!! Poland's Otylia Jedrejczak Breaks World Record in 200m Butterfly, Clocks 2:05.78 -- August 4, 2002

By Phillip Whitten

BERLIN, August 4. POLAND'S Otylia Jedrejczak broke the world record this evening in a stunning performance that brought her native land its first-ever women's world record in swimming.

It was the fifth world mark set at these European Championships, and it came on the final day of competition.

Jedrejczak clocked 2:05.78, just three-hundredths under the old record of 2:05.81 set by Australia's Susie O'Neill in May 2000.

The tall Polish swimmer led all the way, but was in a three-way battle for the gold with Hungary's Eva Risztov and Germany's Annika Mehlhorn through 150 meters. But Jedrejczak rocketed off the last turn and powered home in 32.64 -- much faster than her rivals -- to earn the gold and the historic world record.


World Record Progression in Women's 200m Butterfly

2:16.62 Karen Moe, USA Aug. 06, 1972
2:15.57 Karen Moe, USA Sep. 04, 1972
2:15.45 Rosemarie Kother, GDR Sep. 08, 1973
2:13.76p Rosemarie Kother, GDR Sep. 08, 1973
2:13.60 R. Kother-Gabriel, GDR Mar. 14, 1976
2:12.84p R. Kother-Gabriel, GDR June 04, 1976
2:11.22 R. Kother-Gabriel, GDR June 05, 1976
2:09.87 Andrea Pollack, GDR July 04, 1978
2:09.87 Tracy Caulkins, USA Aug. 26, 1978
2:09.77 Mary T. Meagher, USA July 07, 1979
2:08.41p Mary T. Meagher, USA Aug. 16, 1979
2:07.01 Mary T. Meagher, USA Aug. 16, 1979
2:06.37 Mary T. Meagher, USA July 30, 1980
2:05.96 Mary T. Meagher, USA Aug. 13, 1981
2:05.81 Susie O'Neill, USA May 17, 2000
2:05.78 Otylia Jedrejczak, POL Aug. 04, 2002


EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPS
Berlin, Germany
DAY SEVEN: August 4, 2002

FINALS RESULTS



WOMEN'S 50m BACKSTROKE
28.25 VÖLKER Sandra GER 17−06−00 BERLIN WR
28.25 VÖLKER Sandra GER 17−06−00 BERLIN ER
28.58 ZHIVANEVSKAIA,Nina ESP 04−08−02 BERLIN CR

1. ZHIVANEVSKAIA Nina ESP 77 0.66 28.58 CR
2. VÖLKER Sandra GER 74 0.61 28.81
3. HERASIMENIA A. BLR 85 0.75 28.86 n
4. ORNSTEDT Louise DEN 85 0.62 29.25
5. PIETSCH Janine GER 82 0.74 29.27
6. CAPPA Alessandra ITA 82 0.68 29.31
7. AMSHENNIKOVA Irina UKR 86 0.72 29.50
8. MOCANU Diana ROM 84 0.72 29.64



WOMEN'S 200m BUTTERFLY
2:05.78 JEDREJCZAK,Otylia POL 04-08-02 BERLIN WR
2:05.78 JEDREJCZAK,Otylia POL 04-08-02 BERLIN ER
2:05.78 JEDREJCZAK,Otylia POL 04-08-02 BERLIN CR

1. JEDREJCZAK Otylia POL 83 0.92 28.79 1:00.79 1:33.14 2:05.78 WR
2. RISZTOV Eva HUN 85 0.87 29.09 1:01.64 1:34.51 2:08.24 n
3. MEHLHORN Annika GER 83 0.90 28.84 1:01.06 1:34.25 2:09.37
4. GARCIA Mireia ESP 81 0.82 29.50 1:02.26 1:36.23 2:11.04
5. SEGAT Francesca ITA 83 0.85 29.85 1:03.83 1:37.73 2:12.38
6. VIVES Roser ESP 84 0.92 29.87 1:03.31 1:37.64 2:12.46
7. OLIVEIRA Sara POR 85 0.82 30.21 1:03.39 1:37.50 2:12.56
8. VINOGRADOVA E. RUS 80 0.84 29.58 1:03.26 1:38.28 2:13.81


WR: World Record
ER: European Record
CR: Championship Record
n: National Record
=n: Equals National Record
+: Second-fastest swim all-time