Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Records Tumble in Rome

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Records Tumble in Rome

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Byline: Swimming By REBECCA BRYAN

GERMAN Paul Biedermann erased the final Ian Thorpe world record from the swimming history books on Sunday as six world records tumbled on the first night of world championship swimming in Rome.

But with the record books turned upside down, Michael Phelps ended up in a familiar spot - the winner's podium.

The half-dozen records yielded in the evening's eight events at the Foro Italico included two in one event, and while Phelps wasn't part of the spree he did have a role in America's upset victory in the men's 4x100m freestyle.

Italy's Federica Pellegrini thrilled home fans by lowering her own world mark to win the women's 400m freestyle, while German Paul Biedermann sliced one hundredth of a second off Thorpe's 2002 world record when he won the 400m freestyle in a time of three minutes 40.07 seconds.

Proving even the greatest of swimming records cannot survive in the new generation of swim suits, Biedermann did the unthinkable and swam home over the Thorpedo.

He swum the final 100m in 52.90s, compared to Thorpe's 54.65s.

Adding further disbelief to the situation is the fact the German was ranked outside the top 20 in 2008, slashed over seven seconds off his personal best time and never thought he'd make the final of the event.

Biedermann, to his credit, admitted his Arena X-Glide suit made at least two seconds difference, but is not ashamed to take a record off a "swimming legend" under suspicious circumstances.

The Netherlands' Olympic gold medal-winning women's 4x100m freestyle relay team lowered their world record for a world title - overcoming an individual 100m freestyle world record for Germany's Britta Steffen in the lead-off leg.

Swedish teenager Sarah Sjostrom and American Ariana Kukors nabbed their world records in semi-finals - Sjostrom in the women's 100m butterfly and Kukors in the women's 200m individual medley. …

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