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- Updated: December 5, 2014
Chad le Clos set a new world record in the 100-metre butterfly with Katinka Hosszu laying down a new marker in the 100m backstroke at the World Short-Course Swimming Championships in Doha on Thursday.
With world records also set by the Russian men’s 4×50-metre medley relay which was subsequently lowered on the night by Brazil, it brings to seven the number of new global marks after two days at the Hamad Aquatic Centre.
Le Clos sat on the lane ropes and celebrated after reducing the 100m butterfly mark by 0.04sec to 48.44 as he claimed his second title of the meet following his 200m freestyle victory.
The 22-year-old had already threatened the world record this season, just 0.08sec off Evgeny Korotyshkin’s mark at the World Cup in Hong Kong in September.
‘I think it was important to get the world record. Usually I race to win but tonight I felt I had to break it,’ said Le Clos. ’I think a lot of people would have questioned me if I hadn’t broken it tonight so I am pretty happy with that.’
Le Clos’ performance was all the more impressive given Korotyshkin set the previous mark in the performance-enhancing suit era in November 2009.
‘I remember watching Evgeny’s 48.48 in 2009 in Berlin. I was a 17-year-old boy who didn’t make the final. I was watching him and five years later – it’s incredible.’
Meanwhile, Hosszu dug into every reserve to take the 100m backstroke title and set a new record of 55.03sec, slicing 0.20 off Shiho Sakai’s record from 2009.