BARCELONA - This morning produced a near world record in the men's 200 breast and a 14 year old boy swam to a 2:13.63 in the same event. Tonight we got even closer to the world record while Britain broke their 28 Year individual world championship gold medal drought.
In the medal race the USA has a slight edge with 12 (4-6-2) total to AUS with 10 (4-3-3) but with 23 events to remaining much can change. A total of 13 countries have meddaled after four days.
One championship and five continental records were bettered (2 America and 3 Asia).
Alexander Popov (RUS) took it out 0.25 seconds under world record pace in the 2nd semi-final against Pieter van den Hoogenband (NED), only to back off so much in the third 25 that he was unable to withstand Hoogie's final surge. Popov finished in 48.51 while Hoogie out touched him in 48.39.
If Spain's Nina Zhivanevskaya wants to win gold for her country and home crowd, she will have to take down the top qualifier Ilona Hlavackova (CZE). They qualified with a 28.85 and 28.67 respectively. World record holder Sandra V