At the Australia vs. Japan Duel in the Pool in Canberra, a man and a woman each closed in on world records in their respective events. Libby Trickett swam a 52.89 leading off the mixed 4x100 Free Relay (talk about deja vu!) and backed that up 90 minutes later with a 52.95. Just several minutes later, she anchored the women's 4x100 Free Relay in 52.95, a very impressive swim considering the circumstances. Those two swim rank as second and third all-time, and now she has swum under 53 seconds twice (no one else has ever).
In the Men's 100m Back, Japan's Ryosuke Irie back-halfed his way to a ridiculous 52.56, missing Aaron Peirsol's World Record (what I consider the best display of backstroke ever), and zooming him past Randall Bal, former Japanese record holder Junya Koga, Nick Thoman, etc, etc (Phelps in there as well). The scary part: he has two more chances for a world record tomorrow. He will swim the 200 Back first, where he has already swum only 0.08 off Ryan Lochte's World Record, and then leadoff the men's Medley Relay in a big race with the Aussies. Peirsol's record will once again be in danger. Priyant's recap of Duel in the Pool for Swimming World.
In Brazil, Felipe Silva swam a 26.89 in the 50 Breaststroke, breaking Cameron van der Burgh's short-lived World Record in evening prelims. Also in prelims, Joao Luiz Junior swam a 27.14, becoming the fourth fastest man all-time (behind Silva, van der Burgh, and Ukraine's Oleg Lisoger). They ended up 1-2 in finals. Full Swimming World coverage.
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