BERLIN – Audrey Lacroix of Montreal broke here Canadian short course record in the women’s 100-metre butterfly on Saturday to open the sixth stop on the World Cup swimming circuit.
Inge Dekker of the Netherlands won the race in 56.88 seconds, Mandy Loots of South Africa was second in 57.79 and Martina Moravcova of the Czech Republic third in 58.13.
That eclipsed her previous national mark of 58.54 set in 2004.
‘’I’m satisfied with the time but I made mistakes that cost me a medal,’’ said Lacroix, celebrating her 24th birthday. ‘’I had one bad turn in the final and coming down to the finish I didn’t time when I took my breath properly. But I was happy with how I managed my energy during the race and I think that’s really going to be an important factor in tomorrow’s (Sunday) 200 butterfly.’’
Other Canadian results: Callum Ng of Calgary was fifth in the men’s 100 backstroke smashing his personal best by a half-second with a 52.51 clocking. Zsofia Balazs of Toronto was fifth in the women’s 800 freestyle and Chanelle Charron-Watson of Quebec City sixth in the women’s 200 freestyle.
‘’I cleaned up a few elements in my swim and that helped me get the time,’’ said Ng, now less than a half-second from the Canadian record. ‘’The breakouts were a lot better along with the turns. It was also a very fast field here and for the Germans it’s a qualifying event so they were at the top of their game as well.’’
Two world records were lowered on Saturday.
Stefan Nystrand of Sweden smashed the world record in the men’s 100 freestyle clocking clocking 45.83 seconds. That eclipsed the previous mark of 46.25 held jointly by Ian Crocker of the U.S., and Roland Schoeman of South Africa. Schoeman was third in Saturday’s race in 47.20.
In the women’s 50 freestyle, Marleen Veldhuis of the Netherlands clocked 23.58 for the win beating the previous world mark of 23.59 set by Therese Alshammar of Sweden in 2000.
Competition ends Sunday.