August 21, 2018 / 11:25 AM / a month ago

Games-China's Liu swims world record time to win 50m backstroke gold

JAKARTA, Aug 21 (Reuters) - China’s Liu Xiang swam a world record time to win the women’s 50 metres backstroke at the Asian Games on Tuesday, storming home in 26.98 seconds to claim her first major global title.

The 21-year-old’s time bettered the 27.06 seconds which her compatriot Zhao Jing swam in a bodysuit in Rome in 2009.

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Andrew Heavens

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