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Hackett leads relay team to world short course record

Hackett leads relay team to world short course record

World champion Grant Hackett and a team of relative newcomers combined to strip nearly four seconds from the world 4 x 200 meter freestyle relay record at the Australian short course swimming championships.
Hackett teamed with Kirk Palmer, former backstroker Grant Brits and anchor Kenrick Monk on Friday night to swim 6 minutes 52.66 seconds, beating the world mark of 6 minutes 56.41 seconds he has shared since 2001 with Ian Thorpe, Michael Klim and Bill Kirby.
National coach Alan Thompson said the swim recalled the glory days of Australian men's swimming.
"It's reminiscent of the late '90s and into 2000 when we had a couple of stars there and a lot of other guys like Billy Kirby and Toddy Pearson, who were just pushing it through. We might not have the absolute star quality, but we've got good young men who are consistently fast," Thompson said.