Soni Breaks 200m Breaststroke World Record

Since the ‘suits’ era of swimming there have not been alot of World Records broken. That changed tonight with USA’s Rebecca Soni breaking the 200m breaststroke World Record in the semi-finals at the London 2012 Games.

Earlier in the day, Soni set a blistering pace in her heat to qualify fastest for the semi-finals. Many thought she would ease off the pace but finished strongly sending a message to her rivals. That was only some of what was to come as she set the new world mark of 2:20.00 in her semi-final.

Soni said that she may have been more relaxed than she will be before the final and that allowed her to race hard. She could hear the crowd in the final 50m and decided to just go for it and punched the air when she saw the time up on the board.

The 200m breaststroke has been her pet event and she now owns the World mark after it was taken from her in 2009. Swimming needs new World Records to be set after the controversy of the suits which resulted in so many of the current World Records.

Soni realizes that her job isn’t done and that she can’t be celbrating just yet as she wants gold. She was the favorite earlier in the meet for the 100m breaststroke but was outpointed by a 15 year old Lithuanian. She knows defeat and wants to ensure that she goes home with gold in her pet event.

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