Several Paralympic World Records Tumble at International German Championships

BERLIN, Germany, April 28. THE top swimmers in the Paralympic swimming community took to the water at the International German Championships in Berlin with quite a few world records taking a tumble this weekend.

Norway’s Ingrid Thunem put on a show in the womens’ 100-meter back S1 division with a 2:32.46 for the world record. Thunem doubled up with a 55.11 in the women’s 50-meter free S1 for her second world record of the meet. During finals, Thunem clipped her 100-meter back global mark with a 2:32.40.

Thunem kept on firing on all cylinders with a 1:56.95 during the women’s 100-meter free S1 heats for a world record. She notched another world record in the women’s 150-meter IM SM1 with a 3:45.84.

American superstar Jessica Long, still feeding off the positive energy a trip back to meet her birth family during the 2016 Sochi Winter Olympics, powered her way to a world record in the women’s 100-meter fly S8 with a 1:09.60. Hungary’s Reka Kezdi topped the women’s 100-meter fly S5 world record with a 1:51.96.

Great Britain’s Oliver Hynd threw down a 2:10.43 in the men’s 200-meter free S8 division for that category’s world record. Hynd later lowered the mark in finals with a 2:08.71.

Cyprus’ Karolina Pelendritou turned in a world record in the women’s 200-meter breast SB12 with a 2:50.01. She returned in the women’s 50-meter breast SN12 with a 34.91 for another global standard, before lowering it more with a 34.87 in finals.

Great Britain’s Hannah Russell popped a 32.49 in the women’s 50-meter back S12 to notch a world record. Russell later posted a 31.95 in finals to lower the mark.

Sweden’s Maja Reichard chased down the world record in the women’s 50-meter breast SB11 with a 39.68. Reichard then downed the women’s 100-meter breast SB11 mark with a 1:26.84.

Germany’s Naomi Maike Schnittger earned the world record in the women’s 200-meter free S12 with a 2:14.71. She clipped that mark during finals with a 2:14.55.

Germany’s Torben Schmidtke hit the wall in 3:01.20 in the men’s 200-meter breast SB6 for a world record of his own. Japan’s Keiichi Kimura stopped the clock in 2:32.63 in the men’s 200-meter fly S11 to down the world record in the division.

Russia’s Aleksandr Golintovskii clocked a world record in the men’s 800-meter free S13 with a 9:07.79. Great Britain’s Amy Marren rolled to a 5:23.91 in the women’s 400-meter IM SM9 to break the world record in the division.

USA’s Elizabeth Smith snared the world record in the women’s 50-meter fly S9 with a 31.90. Japan’s Takayuki Suzuki beat the men’s 200-meter IM SM4 world record with a 3:33.01.

USA’s Tucker Dupree cranked up a 28.07 in the men’s 50-meter back S12 during finals for a world record swim. Hungary’s Zsanett Adami posted a 5:00.16 in the women’s 150-meter SM2 to clock a world record. USA’s Curtis Lovejoy dropped a 3:31.09 for the world record in the men’s 100-meter breast SB1.

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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