Phelps hits world record after suffering his 1st defeat in Rome

The 2008 Beijing Olympics 8 goal medals, Michael Phelps, set a world record in 200 metres butterfly at the world swimming championships in Rome.

Phelps touched the wall at one minute 51.51 seconds. This new record is better than his previous at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, one minute 52.03 seconds.

Phelps had not been beaten in the 200 meters freestyle since the Athens Olympics in 2004 — but German Paul Biedermann produced an astonishing swim to triumph by a body length and also set a new world record of one minute 42.00 seconds.

Biedermann has now claimed 2 gold medals and consigned two previously untouchable world records to history at the Foro Italico. On Sunday, he brought down Ian Thorpe’s iconic 400 meters freestyle mark before following it up on Tuesday.

Source: CNN, BBC

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