PR79 - Second leg in Moscow (RUS) highlighted by five World Records
The second leg of the 2009 FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup, organised on November 6-7, was highlighted by five new World Records. This outcome was still more successful than the result of the first meet of the series, when four WR were improved in Durban (RSA).
In the Russian capital, and among men, Evgeny Korotyshkin (RUS) set a new global mark in the 100m butterfly, clocking 48.99 and improving the previous record set in March 2004 by US Ian Crocker (49.07). George Du Rand (RSA) was the other male hero of the competition, with a new WR in the 200m backstroke – 1:47.08, faster than the time established by Markus Rogan (AUT) in April 2008 (1:47.84), at the FINA World Swimming Championships (25m) in Manchester (GBR).
In the women’s field, Jessica Hardy (USA) improved her own WR in the 50m breaststroke, finishing in 29.36 (in the first leg of the series, in Durban, she had clocked 29.45).
Marieke Guehrer (AUS) and Evelyn Verraszto (HUN) were the stars of Day 1, after improving the World Records in the women’s 50m backstroke and 200m individual medley, respectively.
The Australian star – overall winner of the series in 2008 – finished the race in 26.17, bettering the mark (26.23) set by Sanja Jovanovic (CRO) in December 2008. As for the Hungarian revelation, she clocked 2:06.01, faster than the previous record (2:06.13) achieved by Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) in April 2008.
Moreover, eight new World Cup records were improved in Moscow.
Peter Marshall (USA) and Jessica Hardy (USA) lead the overall ranking of the competition, with respectively 47 and 85 points.
Calendar of the FINA/ARENA Swimming World Cup 2009:
• October 16-17 in Durban (RSA)
• November 6-7 in Moscow (RUS)
NEXT MEET: November 10-11 in Stockholm (SWE)
• November 14-15 in Berlin (GER)
• November 21-22 in Singapore (SIN)