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August 5, 2021

Swimming: Marshall breaks 50m backstroke world record

American Peter Marshall broke his own shortcourse 50m backstroke world record at the World Cup swimming meet in Singapore on Sunday, Mediafax reports quoting AFP.

Marshall clocked 22.61secs to shave a fraction of a second off his previous record of 22.73 set in Stockholm earlier this month.

In the women’s short course 400m individual medley, South Africa’s Kathryn Meaklim clocked 4mins 22.88secs to knock nearly three seconds off the world mark set by Spain’s Mareia Belmonte in Rijeka, Croatia in December last year.

Marshall currently holds the US Open record and NCAA record in the 100m backstroke (short course meters), and was a part of the American team that set the world record in the 400m medley relay (now surpassed). He is a two-time National A team member (2001, 2004), a three-time National B team member (2002, 2005, 2006) and a six-time NCAA All-American. He earned his first national championship in the 100m backstroke in the summer of 2001 in Clovis, California. He was a member of the 2001 World University Games team, the 2002 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships, the 2002 Short Course World Championships, the 2003 Pan American Games, the 2004 Short Course World Championships, and the 2006 Pan Pacific Swimming Championships.

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