31 Jul '11, 1pm

Chinese teen breaks oldest world record in swimming

SHANGHAI - CHINESE teenager Sun Yang toppled swimming's oldest world record on Sunday when he shattered Grant Hackett's 10-year mark in the men's 1500m, ensuring a rousing finish to the Shanghai world championships. Sun, roared on by a capacity crowd, put on a devastating burst over the last 100m as he made up a deficit of more than two seconds to touch in at 14 minutes and 34.14 seconds, 0.42 seconds inside Hackett's mark set at the 2001 world championships. America's Ryan Lochte claimed a superb fifth gold medal, and stuttering Olympic great Michael Phelps enjoyed a successful final night when he helped the United States defend their 4x100m medley title. British backstroker Liam Tancock secured a second pool gold for next year's Olympic hosts and American Jessica Hardy, who was serving a drugs ban at the last world championships, won the 50m breaststroke. But it was the ...

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