Evans sets Masters world record in 400 free

By the Associated Press | June 11, 2011 | 3:30 PM EDT

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — Janet Evans hasn't lost her touch for breaking world records, setting a new Master's mark in the 35-39 age group 15 years after her last competitive race.

The four-time Olympic gold medalist swam the 400-meter freestyle in 4 minutes, 23.82 seconds Saturday at the Janet Evans Invitational.

It was her first race since the 1996 Olympics, where she failed to qualify for the 400 freestyle and finished sixth in the 800 freestyle.

Evans says "I wanted to go 4:30, so I was really happy."

The 39-year-old mother of two has returned to the pool in hopes of qualifying for the 2012 London Olympics.

Evans was 17 when she set the world record in the 400 freestyle in winning one of three gold medals at the 1988 Olympics. She later set world marks in the 800 and 1,500 freestyle.