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Sunday, 30 March 2008

Australian swim championships

SYDNEY, Mar 28: Twice in two nights: Eamon Sullivan broke his own 24-hour-old world record in the 50-meter freestyle Friday at the Australian swim championships and Olympic trials, reports AP.

It was the fourth time in the past six weeks that the record has been broken after Russian Alexander Popov’s record had stood for nearly eight years.

The 22-year-old Sullivan has improved on it for the third time in that span. Sullivan clocked a time of 21.28 seconds in the final Friday at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre, where he had lowered the mark to 21.41 in the 50 free semifinals on Thursday.

That mark had broken France’s Alain Bernard time of 21.50 set at the European championships in Eindhoven, Netherlands last weekend. Bernard had broken Sullivan’s previous mark of 21.56 set Feb. 17 at the New South Wales Open in the same Sydney pool.

Popov’s previous record of 21.64 was set in Moscow on June 16, 2000. “It’s such a blur, a rush of energy, it all happens so fast,” Sullivan said. “It does surprise me a little bit.” Sullivan said he can’t begin thinking about the Beijing Olympics, where he’ll go in as a gold medal favorite. “Hopefully they’ll be shaking in their boots,” Sullivan said, smiling, of his sprint opposition, including Bernard, in August in China.

“But it’s been a long meet. I’m looking forward to having a few days off and catching up with friends.” Libby Trickett, who set a world record in the 100-meter freestyle Thursday, was second in her semifinal heat Friday over 50 meters.

The final is Saturday. In the 100 meters, Trickett finished in 52.88, improving on the 53.30 mark set by Germany’s Britta Steffen at Budapest, Hungary on Aug. 2, 2006.

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