The Day O’Neill Flew Past Mary T.

Thirteen years ago, Australia’s Susie O’Neill took down one of the most venerable world records the sport has seen, Mary T. Meagher’s long-standing global mark in the 200-meter butterfly. When O’Neill raced to a time of 2:05.81 at the 2000 Australian Olympic Trials in Sydney, she broke a record which had stood for nearly 19 years, the 2:05.96 that Meagher posted in 1981.

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Thirteen years ago, Australia’s Susie O’Neill took down one of the most venerable world records the sport has seen, Mary T. Meagher’s long-standing global mark in the 200-meter butterfly. When O’Neill raced to a time of 2:05.81 at the 2000 Australian Olympic Trials in Sydney, she broke a record which had stood for nearly 19 years, the 2:05.96 that Meagher posted in 1981.

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