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China Daily | Updated:2017-07-25 07:43Swedens Sarah Sjostrom clocked a world-record 51.71 seconds for her leg of the womens 4x100m freestyle relay final at the World Aquatics Championships on Sunday, but her team was only able to finish fifth.Sjostrom became the first woman to swim under 52 seconds, beating the previous record of 52.06 sec set by Australias Cate Campbell in 2016.It was the only world record to fall on the opening day of the swimming competition in Budapest.While Katie Ledecky helped steer the US to victory in the relay, with Australia finishing second and the Netherlands third, Sjostrom made history in her stunning opening leg.”The plan was to go for the world record on the first day, because I know Im going to be more fresh then than maybe later this week,” said the 23-year-old.”Its also much easier to go for records in the first leg of the relay, so I kind of took the chance.”I went all out for the first 50, and hoped for the best on the last 50.”It wasnt really smart swimming, I was just chancing it.”Its not a perfectly planned race, like when I will swim the individual races later this week.”AFPPhotoLi shoots his way to stardomWTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai: 100 days to goSun Yang avenges Rio rival Horton with 400m free world titleChinese synchronized swimmers claim history-making gold at FINA worldsChina claims shock victory in 4x100m relay at Diamond League Monaco meetFINA Worlds: womens 3m springboard final of DivingMost PopularHighlightsLi shoots his way to stardomWTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai: 100 days to goSun Yang avenges Rio rival Horton with 400m free world titleWhats HotLi shoots his way to stardomSpecialMegabucks: Chinese footballs hottest winter deals in 2017NBA All Star Weekend review: Five talking pointsCharting Xis efforts to turn Winter Olympics a successNBA all-star weekend: All you need to knowBACK TO THE TOPHOMECHINAWORLDBUSINESSLIFESTYLECULTURETRAVELWATCHTHISSPORTSOPINIONREGIONALFORUMNEWSPAPERChina Daily PDFChina Daily E-paperMOBILECopyright 1995 -var oTime = new Date();
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