October 17, 2009 / 5:15 PM / 10 years ago

Hardy breaks her own breaststroke world record

DURBAN (Reuters) - American Jessica Hardy bettered her own 50 metres breaststroke short course world record at the World Cup on Saturday.

Hardy swept home in 29.45 seconds to beat her previous mark of 29.58 set in Manchester, England in April 2008.

“I haven’t been swimming as well as I would have liked, so to have started so well in the World Cup series is great,” Hardy told reporters.

“It was an easy swim and I would have been happy with just a good time,” she added.

The 22-year-old was in control of the race from the start as she held off the German pair of Kerstin Vogel, who finished second in 30.57, and Caroline Ruhnau who came third in 31.01.

Reporting by Jason Humphries; Editing by Ken Ferris

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