Eric Shanteau won the 200-meter breaststroke Saturday at the Austin Grand Prix in a time of 2:09.97, the fastest in the world this year.
Shanteau, who had delayed surgery for testicular cancer last summer so he could compete in the Beijing Olympics, is also the world leader in the 200 individual medley and 100 breaststroke.
"Right around my surgery I was down 10 or 15 pounds," Shanteau said. "Right now, I am light years ahead in my strength than I've ever been. Last summer I made a conscious effort going into trials to work on my strength and I'm further ahead than I was this summer."
France's Fred Bousquet won the 100 freestyle in a time of 48.48 seconds, followed by Garrett Weber-Gale in 48.88.
The race was a rematch of last year's Olympic 400 freestyle relay, which the Americans took by 0.08 seconds over the French. Bousquet swam the third leg of the relay for the French and Weber-Gale took the second leg for the United States.
Kirsty Coventry of Zimbabwe won the women's 200 backstroke in 2:07.59. The former Auburn star moved to Austin with her college coach, Kim Brackin, who came to Texas in 2006.
Mary DeScenza won the 200 butterfly in 2:09.01. Kara Lynn Joyce won the 100 freestyle in 55.03.
(This version CORRECTS Corrects headline to breaststroke sted backstroke; CLARIFIES reference to former Auburn coach Kim Brackin.)
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