Terakawa sets new national record

Kyodo News

Aya Terakawa rewrote her Japanese short-course record in the women’s 50-meter backstroke at a World Cup meet in Stockholm on Tuesday.

Terakawa came home in fourth place in a time of 26.13 seconds, trimming 0.19 second off her previous mark of 26.32 recorded on Saturday. Chinese swimmer Zhao Jing improved her own short-course world record by 0.26 to win in 25.82.

Short-course world records were also broken by Australia’s Felicity Galvez, who timed 55.46 to win the women’s 100-meter butterfly, and Brazilian Kaio Almeida, who took the men’s 200-meter butterfly in 1:49.11.

Michael Phelps finished third in the men’s 100-meter medley at a World Cup short-course meet after missing out on two other finals.