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  Thursday, 29 August, 2002, 12:49 GMT 13:49 UK
US set new world best
The US team celebrate their world record
The US team were too strong for Australia
The United States provided a thrilling climax to the Pan Pacific Championships with a world record in the final of the men's 4x100m medley relay.

The US team of Aaron Peirsol, Brendan Hansen, Michael Phelps and Jason Lezak posted a time of three minutes 33.48 seconds.

That eclipsed the previous mark of 3:33.73 set by the American team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Ian Thorpe anchored the Australian team to second place, adding a silver to his five gold medals in Yokohama.

The Australians were over a second behind the US, but their time of 3:34.84 was a Commonwealth and national record.

America finished the championships with 21 golds to top the medal table ahead of Australia's 11.

Australia's Grant Hackett won the 1500m freestyle to pick up his fourth gold medal at the championships.

The 22-year-old Olympic and world champion set the second fastest time ever in seeing off Erik Vendt and Larsen Jensen of America.


I want to bring my record down by a long way under 14:30
Grant Hackett

Hackett's time of 14:41.65 was 0.01 secs quicker than Kieren Perkins' old world record.

"I'm really happy with that swim," he said. "I didn't think I would swim anywhere near Kieren's old world record tonight."

Hackett, who is unbeaten over 1500m since 1997, already holds the world record of 14:34.56 and has set his sights on going under that time next year.

"I want to bring my record down by a long way under 14:30.00," he added. "I know I have the ability to do it. I just have to keep my feet on the ground and be consistent in training."

Hackett also won gold in the 800m freestyle and as a member of Australia's 4x100m and 4x200m freestyle relay teams.

He has collected 10 international golds this year following campaigns in the world shortcourse and the Commonwealth Games.

Decisive victory

American Natalie Coughlin won the 100m freestyle to clinch her fourth gold.

Coughlin swam within 0.22 secs of Inge de Bruin's world record.

The 20-year-old, who holds the 100m backstroke world record, swam 53.99 secs to beat Australian Jodie Henry and compatriot Jenny Thompson.

Coughlin had earlier won the 100m backstroke and butterfly finals and was a member of the winning US 4x200m freestyle relay team.

The United States made it two consecutive wins when Ian Crocker took the 100m butterfly title in 52.45 secs.

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