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Thorpedo smashes world record

30 July 2002

The men's 400m freestyle event promised to be one to watch. Ian Thorpe did not disappoint with the first of possibly seven golds.

Ian Thorpe

Thorpe on his way to a new world record

Australia's Ian Thorpe smashed his own world record tonight to win the 400m freestyle race in a time of 3:40.08

Thorpe's previous record of 3:40.17 always looked in danger as the Australian and his arch rival Grant Hackett(AUS), who finished second in 3:43.48, set a furious pace from the start.

Midway down the second leg, the pair had decimated the rest of the field who were led home by Scotland's Graeme Smith in a time of 3:49.40.

But all eyes were on the two-man race and in the closing stages, the Thorpedo, roared on by a capacity crowd, stretched for home.

At the end of the seventh leg, a new world record looked a formality and so it proved as the man chasing a magnificent seven gold medals at the Games roared home to an ecstatic ovation.

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