For a long time, the women’s 200m freestyle had been an event in which potential had proved elusive, many a pace disaster in the mix of big occasions when the favourite stumbled and surprise accompanied the winner to the end wall. The surprising was there, too, this day 10 years ago at the Melbourne 2007 world titles. The 200m dam had been waiting to burst for a while, Franziska Van Almsick having held the world record at 1:56.78 since 1994, with a slight upgrade to 1:56.64 in 2002. In the semi-final, Federica Pellegrini made it 1:56.47 for the world and world-championship records and by the close of the championships, Van Almsick’s standard would be No5 on the all-time ranking
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