American Tom Malchow set a world record in the men's 200-meter butterfly in Charlotte, North Carolina on Saturday with a time of 1 minute, 55.18 seconds at the Charlotte UltraSwim meet.
Malchow broke the mark of 1:55.22 set in 1995 by Russia's Denis Pankratov.
The crowd was standing and screaming at the finish, having seen Malchow maintain world-record pace the entire way.
Malchow, the 1996 Olympic and 1998 World Championships silver medallist in the 200m butterfly, achieved one of the three goals he set for this year, which also includes a Games triumph in September at Sydney.
"Barely 24 hours ago, I was talking about what I wanted to do this year," Malchow said. "There are three things I want to do - break a world record, make the Olympic team, and win a gold medal."
Malchow knows that now that he is on top, the world will be after him.
"I can enjoy the moment, but I can't rest on it," Malchow said. "I can't think, 'Hey, now I'm the world record holder, I can't be beat.'
"Come Monday, it is back to work. I've got to be ready for trials. Just because I have the world record, doesn't mean I have a spot on the team."
The US Olympic trials will be in August at Indianapolis - (AFP)
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