Germans break Aussie girls’ freestyle world record

1 August 2006

The Australian 4x100 metres freestyle relay team will have a race on its hands at next year’s FINA World Championships in Melbourne, after Germany broke the world record set by the Australians at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Day One of the 28th European Swimming Championships in Budapest witnessed the German foursome set a new world record of 3:35.22, erasing Australia’s Athens gold medal mark 0.72 of a second.

The German team of Petra Dallmann, Daniela Goetz, Britta Steffen and Annika Liebs were just outside the world time at the half way mark before Steffen produced the fastest 100 metre relay split in history with a near unthinkable 52.66 seconds to send veteran, Liebs into the anchor leg to claim the record.

Steffen's remarkable split came as a shock and is marginally better than that of Lenton’s 52.85 recorded at the Commonwealth Games this year and 52.95 by Jodie Henry in the same relay event at the 2004 Games.

“It can't have been me. I still can't grasp or believe it. I didn't feel well before the race but after the heats this morning (3:38) we set our hearts on the world record," Steffen told Swimnews.com.

The 23-year-old German looks set to pose the biggest threat to the Australian female sprinting dominance at the 2007 World Championships in Melbourne early next year with all eyes turning to her individual 100 metre performance in Hungary later in the week where she will be looking to replicate her remarkable relay performance.

Australia’s women are regarded as the finest sprinters in the world with Commonwealth and World champion, Lisbeth Lenton, Olympic champion, Jodie Henry and Alice Mills owning three of the fastest four individual times ever swum in the 100 metre event.

Swimming Australia

Related News

Rio selection in sight for sibling pentathletes

Rio selection in sight for sibling pentathletes

29 May 2015

MODERN PENTATHLON: Early next week in Beijing there are two places at the Rio Olympic Games waiting to be claimed by the top male and female competitors from Oceania.

Gymnastics duo inspired by Mitchell for Rio Games

Gymnastics duo inspired by Mitchell for Rio Games

29 May 2015

For best friends Darcy Norman and Paige James, the Olympics is so close they can almost touch it.

Bogut takes on Dellavedova

Bogut takes on Dellavedova

29 May 2015

Australians Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova to face off after their teams Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers reached the NBA finals,

Olympic Trivia Features

Related Sports

Swimming

Swimming