Australia's Stephen Holland broke the world 800 metres freestyle record for the second time in three days at the Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney on Sunday (29 February).
GV Swimmer Stephen Holland during 800 metres free style final
GTV Holland nearing final length PAN TO Time indicator board, and crowd
GV Holland turning for final length, to win and break record
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Background: Australia's Stephen Holland broke the world 800 metres freestyle record for the second time in three days at the Australian Swimming Championships in Sydney on Sunday (29 February).
With a swim of eight minutes, 2.91 seconds he lopped four seconds off the mark he set for the 800 metres while swimming to a new world 1500 metres record on Friday (27 February) night.
17 year-old Holland finished almost 16 seconds ahead of his nearest rival, Max Metzker, after fighting off both tiredness and pain. During the last 400 metres the strain of three days of racing caught up with him and his usual smooth style become ragged. He also had two wisdom teeth breaking through his gums at the time and the pain from them had forced him onto a diet of ice cream and sausages.
After the race Holland said: "I thought I had bombed out and I was tickled pink when I looked up and saw I had broken the record."
Holland's swim spearheaded another record breaking night in the championships. During the three days three world, 10 Commonwealth and 27 Australian records were broken.