BEIJING -- Janet Evans is in the record books no more. Swimming's oldest record, the one she set in the 800-meter freestyle on Aug. 20, 1989, was broken at the Water Cube on Saturday.
Britain's Rebecca Adlington, who was six months old when Evans set the record, swam the race in 8 minutes 14.10 seconds, taking more than two seconds off the previous record of 8:16.22.
Considering the number of records that have fallen this year with the new swimsuit technology, it was a wonder that Evans' record made it all the way to August. There have been 23 world records set since just since the start of competition here.
Adlington earlier won the 400 freestyle, becoming the first British women's swimming champion since 1960. She easily beat Italian silver medalist Alessia Filippi in the 800.