Updated: Sunday, 22 December 2013 02:31 | By Agence France-Presse

USA edge Europe in Duel in the Pool thriller

The United States edged Europe by a single point as the Duel in the Pool came down to a thrilling tie-breaker in Glasgow on Saturday.


USA edge Europe in Duel in the Pool thriller

US swimmer Kevin Cordes competes in the 200-metre breaststroke at the FINA World Championships in Barcelona on August 1, 2013

After 30 events over two days at the Tollcross Swimming Centre, the venue for the swimming events at next year's Commonwealth Games, the two sides were locked on 131 points.

It left the USA facing the prospect of defeat for the first time in the competition, which is billed as the Ryder Cup of swimming.

Inspired by local favourite Michael Jamieson, who prevailed in the 200 metres breaststroke, the European side had built a 68-54 lead after Friday's first day.

They carried their momentum into Saturday's early races, but the USA hit back with wins for Michael McBroom, Conor Dwyer, Olivia Smoliga, Eugene Godsoe, Jessica Hardy and Kevin Cordes.

Cordes's victory left the two teams on 97 points and they matched each other stride for stride as the tension inside the arena mounted.

Europe's women set a new world record in the 4x100m freestyle relay, prompting a standing ovation, only for the USA to prevail in the men's race to tie the scores once again.

The competition eventually went down to a mixed relay tie-breaker, which the USA won in dramatic fashion to take the crown.

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