Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Swimming:Brilliant Biedermann beats Phelps


Fina World ChampionshipsDate: 17 July-2 August (swimming from 26 July) Venue: Rome

Germany's Paul Biedermann beat Michael Phelps in the men's 200m freestyle final to win gold - obliterating the American's world record in the process.
Biedermann led from the second turn and finished in one minute 42.00 seconds beating Phelps' record by 0.96.
The 22-year-old adds the 200m title and record to the 400m title and world best he achieved on Monday.
Phelps, who touched home in 1:43.22, suffered his first major individual loss in four years.
That occurred at the 2005 World Championships when Ian Crocker beat him in the final of the 100m butterfly.
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The 24-year-old blamed his defeat to Biedermann partly down to lack of training.
"Theoretically that was a pretty good swim for me," said the American, who picked himself up after the defeat to qualify second fastest for Wednesday's 200m butterfly.
"Three tenths off my best time after taking sixth months off. I'm not happy but I know I didn't train much this year."
The German champion was overjoyed with his sensational win.
"For the moment it is just like a dream," he said. "It's such an amazing feeling. I'm so fine."
In total, four world records fell on Tuesday to take the total at these championships to 15.
Britain's Gemma Spofforth broke the 100m backstroke record to win gold, while Italy's Federica Pellegrini sent the home crowd wild with her superb performance in the 200m freestyle semi-final.
The Italian, who smashed her own world record to win Sunday's 400m final, cruised to 1:53.67 to better her 1:54.47 mark she set in March.
The host nation also struck gold when Alessia Filippi captured the women's 1500m freestyle title in 15:44.93, ahead of Denmark's Lotte Friis and Romanian Camelia Potec.
The other world record of the night went to Cameron van der Burgh who set a new best in his 50m breaststroke semi-final.
The South African posted 26.74 seconds to eclipse Felipe Franca da Silva's previous time of 26.89.
In Tuesday's other finals, American Rebecca Soni, who set a world record in the 100m breaststroke semis, recorded a slightly slower 1:04.93 to win gold.
And Japan's Junya Koga came though fast at the end to take the men's 100m backstroke title in 52.26, ahead of Germany's Helge Meeuw and former world record-holder Aschwin Wildeboer of Spain.

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