Olympic champion Aaron Peirsol broke his own 200-metre backstroke world record and helped the Americans set a 4x100 medley relay world mark on Monday at the World Short Course Swim &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/sport/2003/01/21/42357.html ' target=_blank>Championships.
On a night when Australian Brooke Hanson captured her record sixth title of the meet and Britain's James Hickman won his fifth consecutive 200 butterfly crown, Americans stole the show with world marks, taking 21 of 40 titles here.
Peirsol, a 21-year-old American who won the &to=http:// english.pravda.ru/printed.html?news_id=13756 ' target=_blank>Athens Games 100 and 200 back titles, won the 200 back final here in 1 min, 50.52 secs, lowering the global mark of 1:50.64 he set March 27 at East Meadow, New York, reports Independent Online.
"To be mentioned in the same sentence with those guys for what I accomplished at this meet is amazing," Hanson said.
"It is surreal because of what they have achieved in the sport. I don't think it would have been possible to have a better meet.