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Pedersen sets 200 meters breaststroke world record

Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen swims in the women's 200m breaststroke heats during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena
Denmark's Rikke Moller Pedersen swims in the women's 200m breaststroke heats during the World Swimming Championships at the Sant Jordi arena

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Rikke Pedersen of Denmark set a world record in the women's 200 meters breaststroke in her semi-final at the world championships in Barcelona on Thursday.

Pedersen, 24, clocked two minutes 19.11 seconds to beat the previous mark of 2:19.59 set by American Rebecca Soni at the Olympic Games in London last year.

The Dane, whose previous best was 2:20.53, finished fourth in London and was seventh at the last world championships in Shanghai two years ago.

"It was very fast," Pedersen said in an interview with television broadcaster Eurosport.

"I am really happy with the personal best and I really hope I can improve in the final (on Friday)."

(Reporting by Iain Rogers; Editing by John Mehaffey)

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