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Jedrejczak sets record

WORLD AQUATIC CHAMPIONSHIPS Otylia Jedrejczak of Poland surged the final 25m to finish with a time of 2 minutes, 05.61 seconds in the women's 200m butterfly


Otylia Jedrejczak of Poland set a world record in winning the 200m butterfly at swimming's World Championships on Thursday night, and Michael Phelps won his third gold medal of the week.

Jedrejczak surged the final 25m to eclipse Australian Jess Schipper and finished with a time of 2 minutes, 05.61 seconds. She lowered her own mark of 2:05.78 set in Berlin on Aug. 4, 2002. Jedrejczak won the bronze medal in the 100m fly on Monday.

Schipper also eclipsed the previous mark in 2:05.65, but it was only good enough for silver. Japan's Yuko Nakanishi took the bronze, nearly four seconds behind the top two.

Phelps, who finished seventh in the men's 100m freestyle earlier in the evening, repeated as the world champion in the 200m individual medley.

Phelps trailed Hungary's Laszlo Cseh after the butterfly and backstroke legs, but fought back to take a minuscule lead during the breaststroke.

Getting a great push off the wall, Phelps came out of the water with a bigger edge and held it all the way to the end with a powerful freestyle stroke -- a more familiar sight after his disappointment an hour earlier.

Phelps won in 1:56.68. nearly a second ahead of Cseh. Another American, Ryan Lochte, took the bronze. He added the 200m IM to the 400m free relay and 200m free solo effort earlier this week.

"The double was tough," Phelps said. "Last year, it was easier because I was in a whole lot better shape than I am now. But it's good for me to get ready for the next three years and the other meets coming up. I want to be able to double in as many meets as I can."

Filippo Magnini won the men's 100m freestyle, beating South African duo of Roland Schoeman and Ryk Neethling.

Magnini celebrated his victory by balancing himself atop the rope -- briefly obstructing Phelps' attempt to get a look at his time on the scoreboard.

The Italian won in a meet-record time of 48.12 seconds, while Schoeman, on world-record pace at the turn, faded to the silver in 48.28, just ahead of Neethling at 48.34.

"The best man won it," Schoeman said. "You live and learn. I'm getting better -- so much experience and the ability to race against the best in the world. Filippo had a great race, and we got two South Africans on the podium."

Schoeman went with his usual strategy, going out so strong that he was more that seven-tenths of a second below world-record pace at the turn. But he couldn't hold on in the final 50.

"I was hurting," Schoeman said. "I knew I had to swim my race the way do and hope that they don't catch me. He did, so c'est la vie.'"

Phelps was never a factor. The 20-year-old American was last at the turn and managed to pass only one swimmer before touching in 48.99 -- failing to even match his time from the semifinals a day earlier.

Australia captured a gold in the 50m backstroke. Giaan Rooney won the non-Olympic event in 28.63, with China's Gao Chang taking the silver (28.69) and Germany's Antje Buschschulte the bronze (28.72).

The US women won the 800m free relay. Australia led most of the way, but Kaitlin Sandeno overtook Linda MacKenzie just before the final turn and went on to finish in 7:53.70, a new meet record.

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