December 12th: First did Italy’s Alessia Filippi wipe 3.47sec off Ziegler’s 2007 mark, clocking 8:04.53, with France’s Coralie Balmy also cruising inside the former world mark of 8:08.00, clocking 8:05.32. Then France’s Alain Bernard set a 100 freestyle world record in the first semifinal, clocking 45.69. Then Amaury Leveaux clocked 45.12 in the second semifinal. And then Netherland’s Hinkelein Scheuder, Inge Dekker, Ranomi Kromowidjojo and Marleen Veldhuis set a new 4×50 meters freestyle world record, clocking 1:33.80 where their former world mark was 1:33.82. Read SwimNews
December 7th: France’s Amaury Leveaux shattered the 50 meter freestyle short-course world record in the second semifinal at the European Championships in Rijeka, Croata, clocking 20.48 where South Africa’s Roland Schoeman’s world record was 20.64. And in the men’s 4×50 meter medley, first Italy set a world record (1:34.01), and then Russia (1:33.77) in the prelims. And then Italy and Germany and Russia and France went under the 1.33.77 from the prelims, clocking 1:32.91, 1:33.31, 1:33.31 and 1:33.52 respectively. Read SwimNews
December 6th & 7th: Coralie Balmy clocked 1:53.18 in the 200 freestyle, wiping out Libby Lenton’s 1:53.29 from 2005. Amaury Leveaux swam 22.29 in the 50 fly, where Australia’s Matt Jaukovic’s world record was 22.50. And Alain Bernard swam 45.69 in the 100 freestyle, where Sweden’s Stefan Nystrand’s world record from last year was 45.83. Read SwimNews here and here
Germany’s Paul Biedermann became the first man under 1:41 in the 200 short course meter freestyle, swimming 1:40.83 where Ian Thorpe’s world record was 1:41.10. USA’s Randall Bal became the first man under 23 seconds in the 50 backstroke, swimming 20.87 where Peter Marshall’s world record from earlier this week was 23.05. And Australia’s Marieke Guehrer became the first woman under 25 seconds in the 50 butterfly, swimming 24.99 where Therese Alshammars world record from earlier this week was 25.31.
American Peter Marshall set his 2nd world record in two days, beating Bal’s 23.07 and Hurley’s 23.36 with a time of 23.05 in the 50 meter short course backstroke, where Hurley’s world record was 23.24. And Theresa Alshammar beat the 50 meter butterfly world record with one hundredth of a second, swimming 25.31 where Galvez’s record was 25.32. Read SwimInfo here and here
South African Cameron van der Burgh swam an incredible 50 meter breaststroke, becoming the first man ever under 26 seconds, with the new world record of 25.94. And USA’s Peter Marshall clipped the 100 meter backstroke world record, with a 49.94 where Ryan Lochte’s record was 49.99. Read SwimInfo here and here.