Melbourne 2007 Memories: What a day this was for the United States at 2007 World titles in Melbourne. Michael Phelps, at the start of a stunning campaign – 1:43.86 200 free; Natalie Coughlin goes 59.44 in the 100m back; Kate Ziegler falls just shy of Janet Evans’s world mark over 1,500m free; Aaron Peirsol goes 0.02sec under 53sec over 100 back. Three world records and a near miss. And then there was the 200m freestyle Federica Pellegrini, the first Italian woman to hold a swimming world record since Novella Calligaris in 1973 – 1:56.47sec, 0.17sec inside Franziska Van Almsick’s standard to end the German’s 13-year reign at the helm of four-lap speed. And that was just the semi, Laure Manaudou waiting in the wings to have a big say in what would happen 24 hours later.
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