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US Swimmer Sets World Record in 200-Meter Individual Medley - 2003-06-30


American swimmer Michael Phelps set a world record in the 200-meter individual medley on Sunday, touching the wall in one minute, 57.94 seconds.

Phelps, who turns 18 on Monday, set the record in windy weather at an outdoor pool at the Santa Clara Invitational in California. Phelps record broke the old mark of 1:58.16, set in Rome by Finland's Jani Sievinen in 1994. The event, part of USA Swimming's Grand Prix series, serves as a tuneup for next month's World Championships at Barcelona, Spain. Phelps beat runner up Kevin Clements by 4.68 seconds for his third victory in as many days. He captured the 200-meter butterfly Friday in 1:56.06 and the 100-meter butterfly on Saturday in 52.65.

The American teenager broke the world record in the 400 meter individual medley in April when he finished in 4:10.73. He also is the U.S. record holder in the 100 meter butterfly.