LONDON -- And just like that ... one more world record tumbled by the wayside.
This one came courtesy of defending Olympic champion Rebecca Soni of the Trojan Swim Club. Soni took it out in the semifinals of the women's 200-meter breaststroke on Wednesday night at the Aquatics Centre, winning her heat in 2 minutes 20 seconds.
How impressive was it?
Soni won by almost 2½ seconds. The world record had been held by Canadian Annamay Pierse, who went 2:20.12 at the World Championships in Rome in 2009.
At the recent U.S. Olympic trials, Soni's time in this event was 2:21.13.
The final in the 200 breaststroke is scheduled for Thursday night. Soni has already won silver in the 100-meter breaststroke.