Veldhuis sets 50m fly, freestyle marks

Updated: April 20, 2009, 9:06 AM ET
Associated Press

AMSTERDAM -- Marleen Veldhuis has broken world records in the 50-meter butterfly and 50-meter freestyle at a swimming meet in Amsterdam.

Veldhuis, who was part of the Netherlands team that won Olympic gold in the 400-meter freestyle relay last August in Beijing, first lowered Swede Therese Alshammar's butterfly record from 25.46 seconds to 25.33 at the Amsterdam Swim Cup meet Sunday. She had just missed the 100-butterfly mark earlier in the meet.

Then, in the evening's last race, Veldhuis shaved one hundredth of a second off Australian Libby Trickett's 50-freestyle record, setting a world mark of 23.96.

The two are likely to meet at the World Swimming Championships at Rome in July.

Veldhuis' coach Jacco Verhaeren praised her swim in the freestyle.

Trickett's record "was a very fast time," Verhaeren told Dutch daily De Telegraaf. "You can't just shave a few tenths of a second off that time."

Veldhuis said she swam the two records in two different brands of swimsuit. She used a Jaked suit for the butterfly and the Speedo LZR Racer suit, which has helped swimmers shatter dozens of records in recent months, for the freestyle.

She said the two suits proved that the swimmer is more important than what they wear in the pool.

"It's about what is in the suit," she said.


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