October 22, 2011
WRITTEN BY SHARON ROBB
Teenager Missy Franklin, on the fast track to the 2012 London Olympics, broke her first world short course record Saturday during the FINA/Arena World Cup in Berlin.
Franklin, 16, won the 200-meter backstroke in 2:00.03. Her splits were 28.64, 30.22, 30.75 and 30.42. The previous record was 2:00.18 set by Japan’s Shiho Sakai set at the same meet in 2009.
It was the first world record of the season and first by a woman in a short course or long course event since the high-tech suits were banned Jan. 1, 2010.
It was also the first world record for Franklin’s coach Todd Schmitz of Colorado Stars, who has coached Franklin since she was 7.
“It’s such a great pool, such a great time, it’s just incredible,” Franklin told reporters.
Only three other women have cracked 2:01: Shiho, Olympic champion Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe and Elizabeth Simmonds of Great Britain, but all were wearing the high-tech suits.
Franklin, protecting her soon-to-be NCAA eligibility, had to decline the $10,000 bonus money for a world record and $1,500 for the win. Her total prize money is $17,750 for both the Moscow and Berlin stops.
In other championship finals:
American Allison Schmitt broke the American record in the 200-meter freestyle in 1:52.08, breaking Katie Hoff’s mark of 1:52.91 set in Dubai last December. Missy Franklin was third in the race in 1:53.26.
Lotte Friis of Denmark won the 800-meter freestyle in 8:16.99, fourth fastest time in the world this year.
Canadian Brent Hayden won the 100-meter freestyle in 47.06 topping a field that included Sweden’s Stefan Nystrand, 47.08 and Aussie Matthew Abood, 47.39.
Glenn Snyders of New Zealand won the 50-meter breaststroke in 26.88.
Jennie Johansson of Sweden won the 100-meter breaststroke in 1:05.60 just edging Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark in 1:05.64.
Michael Phelps won the 400-meter individual medley in 4:01.49, fastest time in the world this year. The U.S. superstar said he retired from swimming the 400 IM long course event since Beijing but never ruled out short course. Phelps also won the 100-meter individual medley in a career-best 51.65.
Ageless Therese Alshammar of Sweden won the 100-meter butterfly in 55.62 and won the 50-meter freestyle in 23.67, improving her prize money total to $11,500.
Aschwin Wildeboer of Spain won the 100-meter backstroke in 50.23 following his 51.70 morning prelim time, the two fastest times in the world this year.
Aussie Rachel Goh won the 50-meter backstroke in 26.80.
South African teenager Chad Le Clos won his tenth gold medal of the series winning the 200-meter butterfly in 1:50.15, fastest time in the world this year. After winning $1,500 for the win, he leads in prize money with $20,000.
Erica Morningstar of Canada won the 200-meter individual medley in 2:06.97.
German Paul Biedermann won the 400-meter freestyle in 3:41.19.
Marco Koch of Germany won the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:04.61.
Geoff Huegill of Australia won the 50-meter butterfly in 22.70.
Canadian, Argentine Win Open Water Titles
One day before the one-year anniversary of the death of Fran Crippen in a FINA-sanctioned open water 10K event in United Arab Emirates, Canada’s Richard Weinberger and Argentina’s Cecilia Biagioli won the 10K open water titles Saturday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Weinberger just edged American Arthur Frayler, 1:57:31.0 to 1:57:31.3 for the gold medal. Guillermo Bertola of Argentina took the bronze in 1:57:33.9.
Biagioli won the women’s title in 2:04:11.5. Brazil’s Poliana Okimoto took silver in 2:05:51 and American Christine Jennings took the bronze in 2:05:52. U.S. teammate Eva Fabian was fourth in 2:05:54.8.
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