Hardy sinks world mark in 50M breaststroke


Jessica Hardy

Hardy won her morning heat by clocking 28.96 seconds, improving on her record of 29.36 set in Moscow four days ago.

Michael Phelps reached the men's final in the 200 metres medley but failed to progress in the 100M butterfly.

The American, who unlike most other swimmers has opted not to compete in the high-tech bodysuit which will be banned from January 1, clocked one minute 56.09 seconds to produce the second-best time in the morning heats, 0.1 seconds behind Swede Simon Sjodin.

Phelps, who made it into only one of three finals at Eriksdalsbadet on Tuesday, produced the 11th best time in the 100 fly, clocking 51.06.

Meanwhile, Michael Phelps said he was "not in the best shape" after finishing third in the short course 100 metres medley final.

American Phelps, who won a record eight Olympic gold medals last year, ended a disappointing day by clocking 52.14 seconds, 0.37 behind South African winner Gerhard Zandberg.

A bearded Phelps was disqualified in the 100 metres backstroke and failed to progress in the 100 metres freestyle during the morning heats.  "I'm just happy to get a second swim, the first two races this morning were a little quick," Phelps told Swedish public television ‘SVT’.

"I'm not in the best of shapes. I should be in better shape. It's been a while and it's a lot different to racing long courses," said Phelps. "There's a ton of walls, and in the one hundred you have to have good walls.

On Tuesday, Brazilian Kaio Almeida broke the 200M butterfly short course world record when he clocked one minute, 49.11 seconds.

Almeida eclipsed Russian Nikolay Skvortsov's previous record of 1:50.53 set in St Petersburg in February.

Two other world records fell in Stockholm.  Australian Felicity Galvez set a world record in the women's 100 metres butterfly, clocking 55.46 seconds.

She beat compatriot Jessicah Schipper's mark of 55.68 set in Hobart in August. China's Zhao Jing set two world records during the day in the women's 50 metres backstroke.

Zhao topped her morning heat by clocking 26.08 seconds, shaving 0.09 off Australian Marieke Guehrer's previous record set in Moscow four days ago.
She then went on to win the final with another world record, clocking 25.82.

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