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Hyman Sets World Record in 100 Butterfly

December 2, 1996 GMT

QUEBEC CITY (AP) _ Misty Hyman only required 16 strokes to set the world short-course record in the 100-meter butterfly Sunday at the inaugural Canadian Open swimming competition.

The 17-year-old from Phoenix clocked 58.29 seconds, breaking the previous mark of 58.68 by Limin Liu of China at the 1995 world short-course championships.

In men’s competition, double Olympic bronze medalist Curtis Myden of Canada won the 100 and 400 individual medleys, in addition to his 200 IM victory on Saturday.

Hyman has a distinctive swimming style. She started underwater and made only one stroke in the first length of the pool and five in each of the subsequent lengths. The pool length in short course is 25 meters.

While underwater, she swims on one side of her body using what is called the ``fish-kick″ developed by her coach Bob Gillett.

Hyman also won the 50 backstroke and, on Saturday, she won the 100 butterfly using only two strokes, one at the end of each length.

``I think my stroke is great for the sport and I’ve shown that I can swim a lot faster using it,″ she said. ``I hope it’s something that will catch on but it requires a lot of training. I’ve been practicing this style for four years.″

Other winners were Laura Nicholls of Canada in the 200 freestyle, Tara Sloan of Canada in the 100 breaststroke, Lenka Manhalova of the Czech Republic in the 200 IM, Melanie Dodd of Australia in the 50 freestyle, Carla Guerts of the Netherlands in the 800 freestyle and Andrea Schwartz of Canada in the 200 backstroke.

Canadian Andrew Chan won the 200 breaststroke in 2:13.88 to go with his 100 breaststroke victory on Saturday.

Canadians also dominated the other men’s events.

Dustin Hersee won the 100 freestyle _ his third gold of the meet _ Guillaume Filion won the 50 breaststroke, Chris Renaud won the 100 backstroke, Philip Weiss won the 200 butterfly, Brent Salle won the 400 freestyle and Andre Harvey took the 50 butterfly.