Ruckwood breaks own record

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Adam Ruckwood rounded off the Sheffield World Cup meet with a flourish last night by breaking his British 200 metres backstroke record and giving his Olympic preparations a surprise boost.

The Commonwealth champion won the final in 1min 56.00sec, cutting 0.41sec off the British record he set in the same pool a year ago.

He will be able to draw great encouragement from having set the third- fastest time in the world in the winter short-course season. The victory also lifted him into joint second place in the World Cup overall backstroke rankings.