Sun, Jul 27, 2003 - Page 23 News List

Phelps continues to improve times

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS That test will come a year from now in Athens where the American has a chance to supplant Thorpe and match Mark Spitz's record


In six of eight days at the worlds, nine world marks have been broken and one equaled.

American Amanda Beard won the 200m breaststroke in 2:22.99, matching the world mark China's Qi Hui established two years ago. Australia's Leisel Jones took the silver medal in 2:24.33 and Qi claimed the bronze in 2:25.78.

Another American, Aaron Peirsol, won the gold medal in the 200 backstroke in 1:55.92, ahead of silver medalist Gordan Kozulj of Croatia (1:57.47) and bronze medalist Simon Dufour of France (1:57.90).

Also Friday, Hanna-Maria Seppala became the first Finnish woman to win a gold medal at the worlds by taking the 100m freestyle title (54.37) Jodie Henry (54.58) took silver and bronze went to eight-time Olympic champion Jenny Thompson of the US (54.65). Grant Hackett of Australia won the 800m freestyle gold (7:43.82). Larsen Jensen of the US took silver (7:48.09) and Ihor Chervynskyi of the Ukraine earned the bronze (7:53.15).

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