FINA World Cup, Berlin: Flash! 10 World Records Set In Day Two Finals

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BERLIN, Germany, November 14. THE second day of finals at the FINA World Cup stop hosted in Berlin witnessed an incredible amount of world records – 10 to be exact.

Men's 1500 free
Italy's Federico Colbertaldo captured the distance free title with a time of 14:29.46, five seconds back of his best time of 14:24.21 set last year. Faroes Island's Pal Joensen continued his path towards international respect with a second-place time of 14:32.15. That effort clipped his national record of 14:32.59 set at the Stockholm stop. Germany's Christian Kubusch completed the podium in 14:35.10, just missing Jan Wolfgarten's national record of 14:34.24 set in November 2008.

Women's 100 free
Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen raced to victory in 51.95, which cleared her national record of 52.08 she set on two occasions last year and in Stockholm this year. Great Britain's Fran Halsall finished second in 52.07, missing her World Cup and national record of 51.61. The Netherlands' Inge Dekker took third overall in 52.21.

Men's 200 free
Germany's Paul Biedermann cut a second and a half off his world record with a time of 1:39.37. That performance beat his global mark of 1:40.83 set during the 2008 Berlin stop.

Here are the comparative splits:
Biedermann 2009: 23.79, 49.29 (25.50), 1:14.72 (25.43), 1:39.37 (24.65)
Biedermann 2008: 24.18, 50.06 (25.88), 1:15.93 (25.87), 1:40.83 (24.90)

Canada's Brent Hayden placed second in 1:40.80 to beat his national record of 1:41.65 set in Stockholm. Meanwhile, Darian Townsend pressed the action, leading at the 150-meter mark from lane eight, but settled for third in 1:40.89. That swim beat his national record of 1:41.99 also set in Stockholm.

Women's 50 breast
Jessica Hardy made it two world records in a row with a time of 28.80 in her pet event. She cut more time from her global record of 28.96 set at the Stockholm stop. Germany's Janne Schafer finished second in 29.55 to beat her national mark heading into today of 30.33. Australia's Leisel Jones wound up third in 29.78.

Men's 100 breast
Make it three in a row, as South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh smashed his 100 breast world record with a stunning time of 55.61. That swim wiped out his 55.99 set back in August. Notably, he also lowered his World Cup record of 56.17 set in Stockholm.

Here are the comparative splits:
November: 25.98, 55.61 (29.63)
August: 25.99, 55.99 (30.00)

Brazil's Felipa Silva finished second in 56.49 to lower his national mark of 57.27 set in Stockholm. South Africa's Neil Versfeld completed the top three in 57.06.

Women's 400 IM
Canada's Tanya Hunks topped the distance medley event with a winning time of 4:30.52. Her time came up just short of her national mark of 4:29.22 set in August. Russia's Anastasia Ivanenko placed second in 4:31.13 to beat the Russian record of 4:333.06 set by Yana Martynova at the Stockholm stop. Julie Stupp of the U.S. finished third in 4:31.34.

Men's 100 fly
Russia's Evgeny Korotyshkin crushed his world record time of 48.99 set in Moscow with a scorching time of 48.48.

Here are the comparative splits:
Berlin: 22.88, 48.48 (25.60)
Moscow: 23.07, 48.99 (25.92)

Germany's Steffen Deibler placed second in 49.23 to beat Thomas Rupprath's national record of 50.10 set in 2002. Australia's Andrew Lauterstein touched third in 49.54 to tie his national record first set at the Stockholm stop.

Women's 100 back
Japan's Shiho Sakai provided the fifth world record of the night with a blazing time of 55.23. That effort crushed her previous record of 56.15 set in February in Tokyo.

Here are the comparative splits:
November: 26.73, 55.23 (28.50)
February: 27.23, 56.15 (28.93)

China's Gao Chang took second in 55.72 to lower her national mark of 56.96 also set in February, while South Africa's Chanelle van Wyk wound up third in 56.56. Van Wyk downed her national standard of 58.33 set in Moscow.

Men's 50 back
South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg won an exciting finish in the sprint back. Zandberg (22.85) touched out Peter Marshall of the U.S. (22.86) and Japan's Junya Koga (22.88) for the win. Zandberg beat his national record of 23.30 set in Stockholm, while Koga took down his national mark of 22.98 also set in Stockholm.

Women's 200 fly
China's Liu Zige clocked another jaw-dropping time, whacking two seconds from her world record in the event with a shocking time of 2:00.78. That readout beat her previous standard of 2:02.50 set in Stockholm.

Here are the comparative splits:
Berlin: 27.35, 58.41 (31.06), 1:29.29 (30.88), 2:00.78 (31.49)
Stockholm: 27.31, 58.36 (31.05), 1:29.77 (31.41), 2:02.50 (32.73)

South Africa's Mandy Loots placed a distant second in 2:04.48 to beat her national record of 2:05.88 set in Durban. Denmark's Micha Ostergaard claimed third in 2:04.98 to beat Mette Jacobsen's national record of 2:05.78 set in 2005.

Men's 200 IM
The seventh world record of the night occurred when South Africa's Darian Townsend blasted the 200 IM with a time of 1:51.55. That performance clipped Ryan Lochte's world record of 1:51.56 set in April 2008. Notably, the time also beat Townsend's national record of 1:51.79, which stood as the World Cup record.

Here are the comparative splits:
Townsend: 23.96, 51.96 (28.00), 1:25.41 (33.45), 1:51.55 (26.14)
Lochte: 24.79, 52.26 (27.47), 1:24.82 (32.56), 1:51.56 (26.74)

Michael Phelps placed second overall in 1:53.70, while South Africa's Chad Le Clos took third in 1:54.28.

Women's 400 free
Denmark's Lotte Friis clinched the middle distance event with a time of 4:01.21. Her swim came up short of her national record of 4:00.66 set in Stockholm. Lauren Driscoll of the U.S. placed second in 4:02.62, while Germany's Franziska Jansen took third in 4:02.92.

Men's 50 free
South Africa's Roland Schoeman snatched the men's splash-and-dash title in 20.57, just off his world record of 20.30. Sweden's Stefan Nystrand finished second in 20.70 to beat his national mark of 20.93 set in 2007. Germany's Steffen Deibler claimed third in 20.73. That effort wiped out his national standard of 21.30 set in 2008.

Women's 200 breast
The eighth world record of the evening came when Lethal Leisel Jones shattered the global mark in the event with a 2:15.42. Canada's Annamay Pierse's mark of 2:16.83 could not withstand the pressure. Jones also smashed her national record of 2:17.75 set in 2003, which was the World Cup standard.

Here are the comparative splits:
Jones: 31.30, 1:06.07 (34.77), 1:41.00 (34.93), 2:15.42 (34.42)
Pierse: 31.37, 1:05.68 (34.31), 1:41.42 (35.74), 2:16.83 (35.41)

Japan's Rie Kaneto placed second in 2:16.73, while Denmark's Rikke Moller Pederson finished third in 2:18.30.

Women's 100 IM
The Netherlands' Hinkelien Schreuder absolutely obliterated the sprint medley record with a 57.74. That effort destroyed Zhao Jing's global mark of 58.40 set in Stockholm. Schreuder's performance was the ninth world record of the session.

Here are the comparative splits:
Schreuder: 26.82, 57.74 (30.92)
Zhao: 26.57, 58.40 (31.83)

Whitney Myers of the U.S. just missed Natalie Coughlin's American record (58.80) with a second-place time of 58.96. Great Britain's Fran Halsall finished third in 59.03.

Men's 200 back
Russia's Arkady Vyatchanin produced the 10th world record of the session with a quick time of 1:46.11 in the event. He cut nearly a second from George Du Rand's world record of 1:47.08 set in Moscow. Notably, Vyatchanin beat his national record of 1:47.66 from Stockholm as well.

Here are the comparative splits:
Vyatchanin: 25.17, 52.36 (27.19), 1:19.48 (27.12), 1:46.11 (26.63)
Du Rand: 25.52, 52.59 (27.07), 1:19.57 (26.98), 1:47.08 (27.51)

Du Rand wound up taking second in 1:48.05, while Austria's Markus Rogan took third in 1:48.14.

Women's 50 fly
Australia's Marieke Guehrer won the sprint fly to close out an amazing night of swimming. Guehrer clocked a 24.69 to lower her national mark of 24.72 set in Stockholm, and just missed Therese Alshammar's global record of 24.46. Alshammar wound up taking second in 24.75, while Lara Jackson of the U.S. took third in 25.17. That effort beat her American record set during prelims with a 25.61.

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