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Gyurta of Hungary wins at short-course worlds

Daniel Gyurta of Hungary dominated the 200-metre breaststroke on Friday at the short-course world championships in Turkey, setting a competition record.

Gyurta, who won gold in the event at the London Olympics, finished in two minutes and 1.35 seconds. Michael Jamieson of Britain, the Olympic silver medallist, again took silver, in a time of 2:03.00. Viatcheslav Sinkevichof Russia was third in 2:03.08.

Akihiro Yamaguchi of Japan, the long-course world record holder, finished fourth.

"Based on the heats I decided to push from the beginning," Gyurta said. ""I wanted the race to be decided after the first 150 metres and I managed to do that, because the others could not take the pace."

Gyurta set a long-course world record of 2:07.28 in the 200 breaststroke in London, but Yamaguchi erased it in 2:07.01 in September. Yamaguchi wasn't selected for the Olympics. In Istanbul, he was the fastest swimmer in the semifinals.

Paul Biedermann of German won a second gold medal for Germany in the 400 freestyle, overtaking China's Yun Hao with 50 metres to go and winning in 3:39.15. Hao took silver in 3:39.48 and Mads Glaesner of Denmark got the bronze in 3:40.09.

Hao said the last turn didn't go well and that he didn't realise Biedermann was gaining on him in the last leg.

"I was keeping an eye on the others, but when I touched the wall I thought I was first," Hao said. "I didn't see him coming."

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America's Ryan Lochte set a new world record in the 200m individual medley winning the title in a time of 1min 49.63sec.

The five-time world champion, who also won 200m freestyle and 4x100m freestyle gold on Wednesday, shattered his own previous record of 1:50.08 set in December 2010 in Dubai.

Japan's Daiya Seto was second in a time of 1:52.80 with Laszlo Cseh of Hungary taking bronze in 1:52.89.

In the women's 400 freestyle, Melanie Costa Schmid of Spain staged a similar acceleration in the final leg to get the gold in 4:01.08. Chloe Sutton of the United States won silver in 4:01.20 and Lauren Boyle of New Zealand, who had dominated the first 350 metres, came third in 4:01.24. World record-holder Camille Muffat of France did not participate.

Chinese women won gold and silver in the 50 butterfly when Ying Lu touched the wall first in 25.14 and Liuyang Jiao was next in 25.23. Denmark's Jeanette Ottesen took the bronze in 25.55.

"I'm so happy," Lu said. "The level of us three medalists is similar. I'm not better than the others, perhaps I was able to pay attention to some little details a bit more than them."

Jiao said she was satisfied because the 50 butterfly is not her strongest event.


200m Breaststroke
1. Daniel Gyurta (Hungary) 2:01.35
2. Michael Jamieson (Britain) 2:03.00
3. Vyacheslav Sinkevich (Russia) 2:03.08

400m Freestyle
1. Paul Biedermann (Germany) 3:39.15
2. Hao Yun (China) 3:39.48
3. Mads Glaesner (Denmark) 3:40.09

50m Freestyle
1. Vladimir Morozov (Russia) 20.55
2. Florent Manaudou (France) 20.88
3. Anthony Ervin (U.S.) 20.99

200m Individual Medley
1. Ryan Lochte (U.S.) 1:49.63 WR
2. Daiya Seto (Japan) 1:52.80
3. Laszlo Cseh (Hungary) 1:52.89

100m Freestyle
1. Britta Steffen (Germany) 52.31
2. Megan Romano (U.S.) 52.48
3. Tang Yi (China) 52.73

200m Backstroke
1. Daryna Zevina (Ukraine) 2:02.24
2. Bonnie Brandon (U.S.) 2:03.19
3. Duane Da Rocha (Spain) 2:04.15

50m Butterfly
1. Lu Ying (China) 25.14
2. Jiao Liuyang (China) 25.23
3. Jeanette Ottesen Gray (Denmark) 25.55

400m Freestyle
1. Melanie Costa (Spain) 4:01.18
2. Chloe Sutton (U.S.) 4:01.20
3. Lauren Boyle (New Zealand) 4:01.24

100m Individual Medley
1. Katinka Hosszu (Hungary) 58.49
2. Ruta Meilutyte (Lithuania) 58.79
3. Zhao Jing (China) 58.80

4 x 100m Medley Relay
1. Denmark M.Nielsen/R.Pedersen/J.Ottesen Gray/P.Blume 3:49.87
2. Australia R.Goh/S.Katsoulis/M.Guehrer/A.Bainbridge 3:50.88
3. U.S. O.Smoliga/J.Hardy/C.Donahue/M.Romano 3:51.43


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