Jinan (China): Olympic champion Liu Zige
wiped a stunning 1.6 seconds off the world record in the
women's 200-meter butterfly at China's National Games today.
Liu was timed in 2 minutes, 1.81 seconds, domestic news
agency Xinhua reported, eclipsing the previous world mark of
2:03.41 set by Australian Jessicah Schipper at the swimming
world championships in July.
Liu, who won the same event at the Beijing Olympics last
year to clinch China's only swimming gold medal of the games,
won today's race by almost four seconds from Jiao Liuyang, the
Olympic silver medalist.
"I don't think the result today is fast enough for me,
and there is still room for me to better the record in the
future," Xinhua quoted Liu as saying after setting the first
swimming world record of the October 16-28 National Games.
"Every tiny progress could make a new world record, which
is very common in the pool."
Liu said she hadn't had a day off training since placing
second at the world championships so she could prepare for a
big swim here.
"I trained very hard after I came back from the Rome
Worlds," Liu said. "I cooperate very well with my coach, who
set higher standard for my training in terms of intensity and
First Published: Wednesday, October 21, 2009, 20:20