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Swimming-Peirsol sets 200m backstroke world record

Updated: 2006-09-20 12:26

MONTREAL, July 29 - Aaron Peirsol of the United States set a world record of one minute 54.66 seconds in the final of the men's 200 metres backstroke at the world championships on Friday.

Peirsol shaved 0.08 seconds off the previous mark of 1:54.74 which he set at last year's U.S. Olympic trials at Long Beach, California.