Thorpe Sets Another freestyle World Record

Published May 14th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

The world records keep tumbling for Ian Thorpe who on Saturday broke his own 400-meter freestyle world record and on Sunday broke his own 200 meter freestyle record with a time of one minute 45.69 seconds at the Australian Olympic swimming trials in Sydney. 

Thorpe shaved 0.31 seconds off his previous record of 1:46.00 set at the Pan Pacific Championships in Sydney last August. 

It was the 17-year-old Sydneysider's second world record in two nights of the trials and it came in a semifinal of the event. 

"It (already gaining Olympic team selection) takes a lot of pressure off me. I can race the race as I want to," said Thorpe. 

It was the third time that Thorpe had shattered the 200m freestyle world record and the ninth world record he has swum in his astonishing career. 

He claimed Hackett's world mark in a semifinal of the event at the Pan Pacs on August 23 last year, only to better it in the final. 

Hackett was second in Sunday's semifinal race in 1:47.26, some 1.57 seconds behind Thorpe. 

Michael Klim was the third fastest into Monday night's final after winning the second heat in 1:48.38 - (AFP). 

 

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