Germany sets relay world record

HELSINKI, Finland -- Germany set a world record Thursday in the men's 4x50-meter medley relay at the European Short Course Swimming Championships.

Helge Meeuw, Johannes Neumann, Thomas Rupprath and Jens Schreiber finished the 200 meters in 1 minute, 34.06 seconds.

Germany set the old record of 1:34.46 at the 2003 Euro Short Course Championships in Dublin.

Finland finished second in 1:34.95. Italy was third with 1:35.20.

Arkady Vyatchanin of Russia became the second man under 1:50 on a short course in the 200 backstroke, setting a new European record of 1:49.98. Meeuw was 3.47 seconds behind in second place.

The world record of 1:49.05 is held by Ryan Lochte of the United States, set at the World Championships in Melbourne in March.

Otylia Jedrzejczak of Poland set another European record, clocking 2:04.94 in the women's 200 butterfly. Jedrzejczak dominated the event on long courses in recent years, winning Olympic gold, two world and four European titles, but has not competed much on short courses.

Eduard Lorente Ginesta of Spain won the 50 freestyle in 21.53.

In the men's 400 freestyle, favorite Yuri Prilukov of Russia took his fifth title on the distance. Prilukov is the reigning world short course champion and European record holder.