Friday, April 19

Armstrong sets 50m backstroke world record at US trials

Agencies

Hunter Armstrong set a world record in the men’s 50 metres backstroke at the US swimming trials to earn a berth for the world championships in Hungary in June.

According to Reuters, Armstrong clocked a time of 23.71 seconds to beat Russian Kliment Kolesnikov’s previous world record of 23.80 seconds by 0.09 seconds.

“I’m at a loss for words, honestly. It’s something that I’ve always wanted and I’m just … I’m over the moon right now,” Reuters quoted the American as saying.

“I’m so blessed to compete at this meet with the best athletes in the world, and I don’t think I would have been able to do that without racing them.”

The world championships will run from June 18 to July 3 in Budapest.

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