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Netherlands Breaks World Record in Women's 4x50 Swimming Relay

The Netherlands has broken the world record in the women's four-by-50-meter medley relay at the European short course swimming champions in Vienna, Austria.

The Dutch quartet, Hinkelien Schreuder, Moniek Nijhuis, Inge Dekker and Marleen Veldhuis, completed the distance in a time of one minute, 48.21 seconds Saturday, beating Germany by 31-100ths of a second. Sweden took third place (1:50.05). The Dutch beat the old record, set by Sweden in 2000 in Valencia, Spain, by one-tenth of a second.

In other women's results, Germany's Antje Buschschulte edged out Kateryna Zubkova of Ukraine by eight-100ths of a second to win the 50-meter backstroke in 27.42 seconds. Ilona Hlavackova of the Czech Republic was third.

Kerri-Anne Payne of Britain claimed the 400-meter freestyle (4:03.60) and Aleksandra Urbanczyk of Poland won the 100-meter individual medley (1:00.75).

In the men's events, Frederick Bousquet of France triumphed in the 100-meter freestyle, winning his country's second gold medal in 47.52 seconds. Filippo Magini of Italy was second (47.66) while Jens Schreiber of Germay took third place.

The 1500-meters was won by Yuri Prilukov of Russia (14:31.92), while his countryman Nikolay Skortsov took the 200-meter butterfly (1:52.90) and Oleg Lisogor of Ukraine captured the 50-meter breaststroke (26.92).

Some information provided by AP and AFP.