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Minnesota Teen Regan Smith Sets World Record in Women's 200 Backstroke

The 17-year-old American won her semifinal heat in 2 minutes, 3.35 seconds

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    Minnesota Teen Regan Smith Sets World Record in Women's 200 Backstroke
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    United States' Regan Smith reacts after her women's 200m backstroke semifinal at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, Friday, July 26, 2019.

    Minnesota native Regan Smith broke the world record in the women's 200-meter backstroke Friday at the world swimming championships.

    The 17-year-old American won her semifinal heat in 2 minutes, 3.35 seconds. That erased the old mark of 2:04.06 set by Missy Franklin at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Smith lowered her own junior world record in the morning preliminaries, finishing in 2:06.01.

    In the semifinals, she finished 3.22 seconds ahead of Kylie Masse of Canada, who was the second-fastest qualifier.

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