World records don’t have much shelf life

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

BU­DAPEST — The world cham­pi­onships came alive on Tues­day as Lilly King of the United States won the women’s 100m breast­stroke ti­tle in one of three record-set­ting swims at the end of a breath­tak­ing evening ses­sion.

Adam Peaty of Bri­tain con­tin­ued his breast­stroke trail­blaz­ing with his sec­ond world mark of the day to reach the 50m fi­nal and Canada’s Kylie Masse pro­duced a world-best time to win the women’s 100m back­stroke gold medal.

And there was more his­tory for Katie Ledecky fol­low­ing her rou­tine gold in the women’s 1500m freestyle as the Amer­i­can claimed the 12th world ti­tle of her short ca­reer.

The evening will be long re­mem­bered by Olympic cham­pion King, who clocked 1min, 4.13sec to over­haul the world record mark set by Lithua­nia’s Ruta Meilu­tyte in 2013.

King held off the threat of Rus­sian ri­val Yuliya Efi­mova, in a race billed as a grudge re­match of their ac­ri­mo­nious Olympic fi­nal, and the US se­cured a mem­o­rable 1-2 as Katie Meili touched for sil­ver in 1min, 5.03sec.

“That race was al­ways go­ing to be a show­down, an ex­cit­ing dog fight,” said King.

“We get a lot of ri­val­ries like this in foot­ball, bas­ket­ball, swim­ming where we see a lot of re­ally nice peo­ple be­ing re­ally nice.

“That’s great and all but it’s not my per­son­al­ity. I’m spunky, I’m con­fi­dent and I’m not go­ing to not be my­self be­fore a race.”

King, 20, has voiced her dis­ap­proval at Efi­mova be­ing al­lowed to com­pete at the global level af­ter the Rus­sian was twice caught us­ing banned sub­stances.

The spiky re­la­tion­ship con- tin­ued in Bu­dapest, with King cel­e­brat­ing her world record wildly and fail­ing to make eye con­tact with Efi­mova, who had to set­tle for bronze.

Mean­while, a dis­be­liev­ing Peaty be­came the first man to dip be­low 26 sec­onds in the 50m breast­stroke a day af­ter win­ning the 100m ti­tle.

By touch­ing in 25.95, he low­ered his record mark from the morn­ing’s heats by a mas­sive 0.15sec.

“I was on such a high from this morn­ing and it was so hard to ig­nore the fact that I did a world record and try to get my­self emo­tion­ally ready,” Peaty said.

Canada’s Masse, the bronze medal­ist at last year’s Rio Olympics, pro­duced an out­stand­ing world record swim of 58.10sec as Aus­tralia’s quiet world cham­pi­onships con­tin­ued with Emily See­bohm fail­ing to de­fend her ti­tle.

Kath­leen Baker of the US, the Olympic sil­ver medal­list, had to set­tle for the same prize as she beat See­bohm by 0.01sec.

The dom­i­nant force in women’s dis­tance swim­ming is Ledecky, who clocked 15min, 31.82sec to win the 1500 by 19 sec­onds over Spain’s Mireia Bel­monte.

It was a gru­el­ing sched­ule for Ledecky who, 30 min­utes later, posted the best qual­i­fy­ing time in the women’s 200m freestyle ahead of Italy’s Fed­er­ica Pel­le­grini.

“I was just in a re­ally good men­tal spot go­ing into the 200 and I felt like I could treat it like any other race,” said Ledecky.

“I kind of ig­nored the fact that I’d swum the mile and just got up and raced as well as I could.”

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