Stewart sets record in 200-meter butterfly

January 13, 1991

Melvin Stewart broke the world record in the men's 200-meter butterfly yesterday at the World Swimming Championships at Perth, Australia, and ended the eight-year reign of Michael Gross atop the event.

Stewart overcame Gross' early lead with a burst in the final 50 meters and finished in 1 minute, 55.69 seconds.

The come-from-behind victory clipped .55 seconds off Gross' world mark, set in 1986.

"When I looked up and saw 1:55 on the scoreboard, I thought, 'Wow, I did that,' " Stewart said.

The next-to-last night of the meet was a highlight for the American team. U.S. swimmers won five of six gold medals, with Tom Jager in the men's 50 freestyle, Janet Evans in the women's 800 freestyle, Jeff Rouse in the men's 100 backstroke and the women's 400 medley relay team taking the other titles.

* The Netherlands defeated Canada, 13-6, for the gold medal in women's water polo at the World Swimming Championships at Perth. The United States won the bronze medal with an 11-9 victory over Hungary.

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