Duel in the Pool: Team USA pip European Allstars in a dramatic tie-breaker in Glasgow
Last Updated: 22/12/13 11:00am
Team USA pose with the trophy after beating the European Allstars in Glasgow
Team USA came out on top in a dramatic tie-breaker to pip the European Allstars and win the Duel in the Pool in Glasgow.
With the two teams locked on 131 points apiece after 30 events at Tollcross Swimming Centre, a mixed relay was needed to decide who would take home the trophy.
In the end it was the American quartet who won a thrilling race-off by 0.2 seconds, meaning they retain their record of never having been beaten in a Duel despite having not led over the previous two days of the 2014 edition.
Europe had held a 68-54 advantage overnight and they quickly built on their lead by taking all the points on offer in Saturday's opening race.
Mireia Belmonte had already won both the 400m individual medley and the 400m freestyle and the Spaniard also came out on top in the 800m freestyle, with Dane Lotte Friis second and Wales' Jazz Carlin in third.
However the US fightback began with Michael McBroom setting a new USA record with a time of 7.33.99 in his short course men's event.
Swede Michelle Coleman took top spot in the women's 200m freestyle but there was further success for Team USA when Conor Dwyer secured the win in the men's race, although Scot Robbie Renwick did finish third.
Still, Olivia Smoliga and Eugene Godsoe both won their respective 100m backstroke events, and the gap was down to a single point thanks to Jessica Hardy's success in the 100m breaststroke.
Swede Michelle Coleman took top spot in the women's 200m freestyle but there was further success for Team USA when Conor Dwyer securing the win in the men's race, although Scot Robbie Renwick did thrill the home crowd by finishing third.
The US continued to close the gap when Olivia Smoliga and Eugene Godsoe both won their respective 100m backstroke events, and the deficit was down to a single point thanks to Jessica Hardy's success in the 100m breaststroke.
Local boy Michael Jamieson was unable to repeat his Friday night success in the men's 100m breaststroke, with Kevin Cordes' time of 56.88 not only setting another USA record but also making it 97-97.
Belmonte was proving to be one of the outstanding talents of this event and another win - this time in the 200m butterfly - and there was further success for Europe courtesy of Britain's Fran Halsall in the 50m freestyle.
Victories for Sophie Allen and Dwyer in their 200m individual medley races again saw Europe and USA level on 124 points, meaning it came down to the final two 4x100m freestyle relay events.
A new world record in the women's race set by Europe with a time of 3.27.70 prompted a standing ovation in the arena, only for USA to take the men's relay and get back on level terms yet again.