Swimming: Townsend in high spirits after Berlin world record performance

2009-11-18 00:00

DARIAN Townsend arrived in Singapore in high spirits after his world record performance in the penultimate leg of the World Cup that ended in Berlin on Sunday.

Townsend broke the world record in the men’s 200 m individual medley, where he set a new mark of 1:51,55, beating the world’s most versatile swimmer in Michael Phelps (USA) in the process.

“The 200 m IM did not feel as good as I did in Stockholm a few days before,” he said on his arrival for the final leg in Singapore. “I had to take my goggles off to see the scoreboard better as I did not feel that fast.”

Townsend was rewarded with his $10 000 straight after the race.

The Singapore finale should see more excitement as Townsend will aim high once again, along with Cameron van der Burgh, Roland Schoeman and Neil Versfeld all aiming at winning their events.

The swimmers will be under some pressure with the heats getting under way at 8.30 am and the finals at 3.30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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