Alshammar breaks women’s 50m butterfly world record

Sweden's Therese Alshammar broke the world record in the women's 50m butterfly at the second leg of Europe's Mare Nostrum Series in Barcelona on Wednesday.

She timed 25.46 seconds, to lower Sweden’s Anna Karin Kammerling’s previous world mark of 25.57 set in July 2002 in Berlin.

The 29-year-old Alshammar as a result wins a car which is displayed at each of the Mare Nostrum meets and is valued at 380,000 kronor ($53,000).

The Swedish swimmer has had an exceptional year, winning the world title over the distance in Melbourne in March and also claiming silver in the 50m freestyle.