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DUBLIN, Ireland (Reuters) -- Double Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband broke his own European record with a storming 200m freestyle win on the final day of the European short-course championships on Sunday.

The Dutchman hit the wall in one minute 41.89 seconds to beat the mark of 1:42.45 he set on January 26 this year in Berlin.

Van den Hoogenband, who had come close to a 100m freestyle world record on Saturday, then helped the Netherlands shatter the men's 4x50m world record.

Mark Veens, Johan Kenkhuis, Gijs Damen and van den Hoogenband clocked one minute 25.55 seconds.

That beat the 1:25.87 mark set by Aaron Ciarla, Nate Dusing, Neil Walker and Jason Lezak of the United States at East Meadow, New York, on October 20, 2001.

Meanwhile, Kvetoslav Svoboda of the Czech Republic took silver in the 200m freestyle with 1:44.56 and Lithuania's Saulius Binevicius the bronze in 1:45.09.

Germany's Antje Buschschulte, who retained her 100m backstroke title on Friday, set a European record of 2:04.23 to win her second gold of the meeting in the 200m backstroke as she beat the 2:04.44 achieved by Briton Sarah Price in Australia in 2001.

Price, the defending champion, set the pace for the first 100m but finished fourth behind Buschschulte, Russia's Stanislava Komarova and Ukraine's Iryna Amshennikova.

However, Mark Foster won his second gold medal of the championships and brought Britain their seventh title of the four-day meeting when he won the 50m butterfly crown.

Earlier Ian Edmond set a European best of 2:05.63 with a runaway victory in the men's 200m breaststroke to beat the 2:06.95 set by Austria's Maxim Podoprigora in Berlin on January 25.

Andrew Bree, roared on by the home crowd, brought Ireland their first medal when he came through for the silver in 2:08.02 with Dutchman Thijs van Valkengoed third in 2:08.30.

There was another success for Britain when nd then Melanie Marshall came through with a blistering finish to take the gold in the women's 200m freestyle.

Defending champion Alena Popchanka of Belarus, the world long-course title-holder, was inside world record schedule for the first half of the race.

But she could not sustain it and Marshall burst through in the final 50m to win in 1:55.10. Josefin Lillhage of Sweden grabbed silver in 1:55.57, leaving Popchanka with the bronze in 1:55.66.

Hungary's Eva Risztov, who retained her 200m butterfly crown on Thursday, won her second title with a clearcut victory in the 400m individual medley, ahead of Russia's Yana Tolkacheva and Teresa Rohmann of Germany.

Defending champion Peter Mankoc of Slovenia and Finland's Jani Sievinen, who retained his 200m individual medley title on Thursday, shared the men's 100m individual medley title in a dead-heat of 53.35 seconds.

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