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Alshammar breaks world record in 50 butterfly

SWEDEN'S Therese Alshammar broke her own 50-meter butterfly world record at the Australian swimming titles and world championship trials today.

Alshammar set a time of 25.44 seconds in the morning qualifying heats to take 0.02 of a second off the record 25.46 she set at Barcelona, Spain on June 13, 2007.

The 31-year-old Alshammar will not have another chance to break her mark at the Australian championships. As a foreigner, she is not allowed to compete in semifinals or finals and there is no B final for the race.

Alshammar, the reigning world champion in the non-Olympic event, has been training with Australian swimmers in Sydney for the past two months.

"I am a bit shocked myself, and I am very happy," Alshammar said. "I have had a great couple of months in Australia, it is the best place in the world for swimming."

It continued the Swedish swimmer's strong performances in the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Centre pool - her three Olympic medals all came at Sydney in 2000.

Alshammar had a disappointing Beijing Olympics, heading to last year's Games as a strong medal prospect in the 50 freestyle. But she missed the final at the Water Cube after she discovered a tear in her swimsuit just before the start of her semifinal, and failed to qualify for the last eight.


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