Townsend beats Phelps again

2009-11-16 00:00

CITY star Darian Townsend set a new World Record when he beat the legendary Michael Phelps (USA) for a second time in a week at the penultimate Fina Arena World Cup Swimming meet in Berlin yesterday.

Townsend started his evening off well in the men’s 200 m freestyle where he finished third and sliced another 1,1 sec off his own Africa and SA mark set last week. Clocking a fast 1:40,89, it was Townsend who set the pace for Germany’s Paul Biedermann to come through at the end to break the World Record in 1:39,37. Canadian Brent Hayden also pipped Townsend on the final metre to take second.

Up against Phelps again in the 200 m IM, it was team-mate Chad le Clos who lead after the first 50 m butterfly. But from the backstroke leg, the Seals star pulled away and raced to an incredible 1:51,55 to set his first ever World Record in an individual race. Phelps ended on a 1:53,70 with Le Clos taking a well earned bronze in 1:54,28.

Le Clos produced the performance of his life in the 400 m IM on Saturday, taking the gold medal in an African and SA mark 4:02,18 — inside his continental mark of 4:04,19 set in Stockholm.

The World Records continued to tumble and once again Cameron van der Burgh was among them. He took the 50 m breaststroke on Saturday in 25,25 sec and then completed the double with an outstanding 55,61 sec in the 100 m breaststroke yesterday.

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