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Originally published Saturday, July 11, 2009 at 4:04 PM

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Peirsol breaks Lochte's world record in 200 back

Aaron Peirsol has broken the world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships.

INDIANAPOLIS —

Aaron Peirsol has broken the world record in the 200-meter backstroke at the U.S. national championships.

The Olympic silver medalist touched in 1 minute, 53.08 seconds Saturday night, beating Olympic champion Ryan Lochte who owned the previous mark of 1:53.94 set in Beijing.

Lochte was under his world-record pace in the opening 50 meters before Peirsol took over for good. Peirsol was a full second under the mark after 150 meters.

Lochte finished second in 1:54.21. He and Peirsol will swim the event at the world championships later this month in Rome.

It was Peirsol's second world record in three days. He reclaimed his 100 back mark with a time of 51.94 seconds Wednesday.

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