Australian swimmer Rice breaks 400m medley world record

March 22nd, 2008 - 9:07 pm ICT by admin  

Canberra, March 22 (Xinhua) Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice set a new world record in the women’s 400 metres individual medley in four minutes 31.46 seconds Saturday. Rice, a bronze medallist at last year’s Melbourne World Championships in the event, shaved 1.43 seconds off American Katie Hoff’s previous record of 4:32.89 on the opening night of the Australian Olympic swimming trials.

She also sliced almost six seconds off her best time to emerge as favourite for the event at this year’s Beijing Olympics.

“I saw my time and I saw 3:31 because 3:37 was my best time but I did not think I would go that fast,” she said.

Rice’s boyfriend Eamon Sullivan broke the world record in the 50 metres freestyle last month, clocking 21.56 seconds to eclipse Russian Alexander Popov’s 2000 mark of 21.64 by 0.08 seconds.

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