Marshall Breaks His Own World Record in the 50 Back

Nov. 12, 2009

STOCKHOLM, Sweden-- Stanford alum Peter Marshall broke his own world record in the 50-meter backstroke for the third time in 366 days, swimming 22.73 on Wednesday on the third leg of this fall's World Cup.

Marshall continues to lead the overall field with 80 points, followed by South Africa's Cameron van der Brugh with 66 points. Jessica Hardy leads the women's field with 125 points.

Over the past 13 months, the 50-meter record has been broken five times, three times by the Cardinal All-American.

Over that time, Australia's Robert Hurley broke the world record in October, 2008 with a time of 23.24, before Marshall snatched it back with a time of 23.05 in Stockholm two weeks later. Four days later American teammate Randall Bal dropped the mark below 23 seconds at 22.87. Nearly a year later, Marshall, swimming in South Africa last month, broke it again, at 22.75.

Each winner of the the World Cup will earn $100,000 at the end of the circuit. Second place takes $50,000, while third nets $30,000.

The meet, which has already gone through South Africa, Moscow and Sweden, will continue in Berlin on November 14 and 15 and close out in Singapore on November 21 and 22.

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