The Day Kirsty Coventry & Poly Put The Kettle On Swim Speed For 1st Shiny Suit WR

Kirsty Coventry on her way to a successful defence of her Olympic 200m backstroke crown in Beijing by Patrick B. Kraemer

On this day nine years ago as the Missouri Grand Prix got underway, Kirsty Coventry (ZIM) broke the 200m backstroke world record that had stood at 2:06.62 since 1991 to Krisztina Egerszegi, the Hungarian who in 1996 joined Dawn Fraser in the Olympic triple crown club by retaining the four-lap title for a second time. So began the time of shiny suits.

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