MOSCOW -- American Jessica Hardy broke her
own 50-meter breaststroke short-course world record when she clocked 29.36 seconds at a World Cup meeting on Saturday.
It was one of three world records broken on the second day of the two-day competition in Moscow.
The 22-year-old set the previous record of 29.45 at the first leg of the World Cup in Durban, South Africa, last month.
Russian Yevgeny Korotyshkin became the first man to go under
49 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 48.99,
breaking American Ian Crocker's five-year-old mark of 49.07.
South Africa's George Du Rand set the men's 200-meter
backstroke record with a time of 1 minute, 47.08 seconds. He
improved the mark of 1:47.84 set by Austrian Markus Rogan at the
world short-course championships in Manchester in April 2008.
Two more world records were broken on Friday, with
Australia's Marieke Guehrer setting the mark in the women's 50-meter backstroke and Hungarian Evelyn Verraszto in the women's
A glut of world records have been set in recent months with
swimmers using the polyurethane swimsuits, which will be banned
by the sport's world governing body FINA starting in January 2010.
Moscow is hosting the second leg of the FINA World Cup;
Stockholm stages the next leg Nov. 10-11.