Stephanie Rice sets 200 IM world record to go with 400 record at Australian Championships

Updated: March 25, 2008, 1:27 PM ET
Associated Press

SYDNEY, Australia -- Stephanie Rice set the 200-meter individual medley world record Tuesday at Australia's Olympic swimming trials, her second world record of the meet.

Rice finished in 2 minutes 8.92 seconds, trimming 0.80 seconds from the record set by Wu Yan Yan of China in 1997.

"It's beyond comprehension. The 200 IM world record has stood for a long, long time," Rice said. "I actually didn't know who held the world record."

The performance followed her record in the 400 IM on Saturday night. She improved her 200 IM personal best by 2.5 seconds

Eamon Sullivan, her boyfriend, was five one-hundredths of a second off the world record in the 100 freestyle in the semifinals Tuesday.

Sullivan's 47.55 seconds would have been a world record three days ago, but Alain Bernard of France lowered the mark to 47.50 at the European Championships.

"I think I've got a little bit left," Sullivan said. "There's a few things that probably didn't go to plan. But overall it's a great swim, so no complaints, and hopefully I can find a bit more tomorrow."

The 19-year-old Rice said the two world records were beyond her expectations five months from the Beijing Olympics.

"I was coming into this meet just trying to get my times down to other people in the world so that when I do go to the Olympics I can be more competitive with them," she said. "But I've had the meet of my life, and I just hope that I can put together an even better preparation for Olympics and try and do some more PBs."

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