Japan's Ryosuke Irie has broken the men's 200-metre backstroke world record with a time of one minute 52.86 seconds.
Irie, 19, lowered the old mark of 1:53.94 held by American Ryan Lochte at the Beijing Olympics on August 15 last year.
Irie, who swam a 1:54.02 at the Japanese World championship trials three weeks ago, sliced 1.08 seconds off Lochte's old record on the final day of the Duel in the Pool meet against Australia here.
Holy smokes. Sliced 1.08 seconds off of a record set at the Chinese Olympic pool that was the greatest state of the art thing ever built?
The late Victor Davis of Canada set the World Record at the 1984 LA Olympics at 2:13.34. It's now been sliced by more than 20 seconds? 20 seconds in 25 years! How fast can a human go? Are they going to go under 1:50? 1:40? It's pretty crazy!