FINA World Championships, Swimming: Flash! Federica Pellegrini Puts on Show for Home Crowd With World Record, U.S. Goes 2-3 With American Record

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ROME, Italy, July 29. ITALY's Federica Pellegrini cleared the 1:53 barrier in the women's 200 free en route to a world record at the FINA World Championships.

Pellegrini clocked a sterling time of 1:52.98 to break the world record of 1:53.67 she set during semis.

Here are the comparative splits;
Finals: 27.34, 55.60 (28.26), 1:24.38 (28.78), 1:52.98 (28.60)
Semis: 27.15, 55.82 (28.67), 1:24.77 (28.95), 1:53.67 (28.90)

The United States completed the podium as Allison Schmitt (1:54.96) and Dana Vollmer (1:55.64) finished second and third. Schmitt's time beat Vollmer's American record of 1:55.29 set during semis.

Great Britain's Joanne Jackson (1:55.88), China's Yang Yu (1:56.28), China's Pang Jiaying (1:56.47), Hungary's Agnes Mutina (1:56.70) and Hungary's Evelyn Verraszto (1:57.50) finished outside the podium.