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8/21/2018 9:09:47 PM

China's Liu breaks 50m backstroke world record at Asian Games

China's Liu Xiang set a new world record in the women's 50m backstroke to win Asian Games gold on Tuesday (Aug 21).

China's Liu Xiang celebrates her win and a new world record in the final of the women's 50m backstroke swimming event during the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta on August 21, 2018. (Photo: AFP / Martin BUREAU)

The 21-year-old clocked a time of 26.98s - the first time a female swimmer has broken 27s for the event - in Jakarta.

Liu, nicknamed "Swimming Goddess", finished well ahead of team-mate Fu Yuanhui's 27.68 and Japan's Natsumi Sakai in 27.91 on the third evening of competition.

She claims the record held for nine years by fellow Chinese Jing Zhao, who clocked 27.06 at the 2009 world championships in Rome./.

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