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1994 | Franziska Van Almsick | World Record | 1:56.78 | 200m Freestyle | 1994 World Championships

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Published on May 22, 2009

16 Year Old Franziska Van Almsick swims a World Record, from lane 8, in the 200m Freestyle, at the 1994 World Swimming Championships in Rome | Van Almsick's time of 1.56.78 takes 0.73 of a second off the previous mark, held by East German Heike Friedrich | This race was marked with controversy as Van Almsick originally missed qualification for the final | Van Almsick only swam the race after a German teammate withdrew from the final | Australian Susie O'Neill finished 6th | This world record stood for 8 years until Van Almsick bettered it, herself, in 2002 | This footage has been taken from a Channel 7 Australia broadcast | If this is a breach of copyright please advise and it will be removed

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