American Smith crushes women's 200m backstroke world best

Regan Smith (Getty Images)
Regan Smith (Getty Images)

Gwangju - American teenager Regan Smith smashed the women's 200 metres backstroke world record Friday, lopping a huge chunk off countrywoman Missy Franklin's old mark.

The 17-year-old stormed to victory in the second semi-final in Gwangju, firing off a time of two minutes, 3.35 seconds - a whopping 0.71 faster than Franklin swam at the 2012 London Olympics.

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