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FINA World Championships Update

It was a day of records falling and surprises in Rome at the FINA World Swimming and Diving Championships.

The big story was Great Britain’s Tom Daley. The 15 year old became the youngest world champion ever, overcoming Beijing gold medalist Matt Mitchum of Australia.

Elsewhere in the pool, the United States 4X100 freestyle relay team did a magical reprise of the Olympics. Anchor Nathan Adrian swam a 46.79 leg, the fastest anchor leg that night. The US has won the 4X100 at the Olympics, the 2007 worlds and the 2005 worlds. This year’s team had three different swimmers than in Beijing. Ryan Lochte, Matt Greivers and Adrian were the 2nd, 3rd and anchor legs this year.

Six world records were broken today, including perhaps the most iconic record in mens swimming, the 400 freestyle, once held by Australia’s Ian Thorpe. Germany’s Paul Biedermann broke the Thorpedo’s record by just a hundredth of a second. One of the oldest world records, the 100 butterfly set by the Netherlands’ Inge de Bruijn, was broken in the semifinals by Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom. 15 year old Sjostrom came out of nowhere to win the European Championships and now appears to be the favorite in the 100 final, and perhaps in London 2012. Sjostrom seemed to be going slow until the last half length of the pool, when she pulled away and claimed the world record.

Other world records were set in the 200 IM by American Ariana Kukors and Italy’s Federico Pellegrini became the first female to go under 4 minutes in the 400 freestyle.

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