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Americans Phelps, Hansen Set World Swimming Records


American swimmers Michael Phelps and Brendan Hansen have broken their own world records at the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships in Victoria, Canada.

Phelps broke his own 200-meter individual medley record Sunday with a time of 1:55.84. That is one-tenth of a second faster than his former record set three years ago just outside Washington in College Park, Maryland.

Hansen lowered his own record in the 200-meter breaststroke with a winning time of 2:08.50. His previous record of 2:08.74 was set August 5 at the U.S. national championships in Irvine, California.

In Phelps' race, he had to come from behind and pass American teammate Ryan Lochte, who earned silver with a time of 1:56.11. Ken Takakuwa of Japan earned bronze.

Phelps opened under world-record pace over the first 50 meters. Lochte gained the lead on the backstroke leg and was under pace on the breaststroke before Phelps roared back on the freestyle portion.

Some information for this report provided by APF and Reuters.

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