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Hardy breaks own mark at World Cup

Updated: October 17, 2009, 3:09 PM ET
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DURBAN, South Africa -- American Jessica Hardy bettered her own 50-meter 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.

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