I’m not going to lie, this World Record caught me off guard a little bit. Though, with how Rikke Moeller-Pedersen from Denmark has been swimming since the Olympics, and finally healthy, it certainly shouldn’t have.
Moeller-Pedersen took the top seed in the semi-finals of the women’s 200 breaststroke with a 2:19.11, which broke the 2:19.59 set by American Rebecca Soni at last year’s Olympics as a new World Record. This swim also broke the Championship Record of 2:20.12 set by Canadian Annamay Pierse in 2009.
Moeller-Pedersen already ranked in the top 5 of all-time with her European Record from earlier this year of 2:20.53, but she blew that swim away here.
Moeller-Pedersen’s new speed (she dipped under 1:06 in the 100 meter race earlier this week), but that’s clearly the difference maker for her. Her back-half wasn’t much different than her old personal best and certainly not faster than Soni’s back-half, but Pedersen was out very fast in this race, splitting 1:07.2 in the first 100 meters.
|Soni ’12||Moeller-Pedersen ’13||Moeller-Pedersen ’13|
|Old WR||New WR||Old PB|
She’s the first Danish swimmer to hold a long course World Record in over 50 years.
Russia’s Yulia Efimova was a 2:19.85 for the 2nd seed, making her just the third woman to ever break 2:20.