Rome: Michael Phelps bounced back from a stunning loss to set a world record in the 200-meter butterfly at the world swimming championships.
One night after he was soundly beaten by Germany`s Paul Biedermann in the 200 freestyle, Phelps got back on track Wednesday with a time of 1 minute, 51.51 seconds — more than a half-second ahead of his previous mark, 1:52.03.
Phelps whipped around quickly to see his time and held up his right index finger when the record was posted. It was the 19th world record at these championships, the last major competition before bodysuits are banned.
Earlier, Germany`s Daniela Samulski and Russia`s Anastasia Zueva have set the 17th and 18th world records of the world swimming championships in the semifinals of the 50-meter backstroke.
Going in the first heat Wednesday, Samulski touched with a time of 27.39 seconds to knock off her own record of 27.61, set about a month ago in Berlin.
This mark didn`t last nearly as long. About 5 minutes later, Zueva broke Samulski`s record with a time of 27.38.