INDIANAPOLIS, IN, October 10. BROOKE Hanson continues to perform at the highest level as she added the 100 breaststroke to her 50 breaststroke and 100 IM crowns. She picked up a meet record with 1:05.36, breaking the 1:05.38 mark from Sweden’s Emma Igelstrom at the 2002 Moscow championships.
Hanson led another 1-2 sweep for Australia, as the medals from the 50 breaststroke were repeated: Hanson gold, Jade Edmistone silver (1:05.97) and American Tara Kirk bronze at 1:06.33. Amanda Beard (USA) was fourth with 1:06.71, also a repeat position from the 50.
Kirk got the touch at the 50 (:31.19), but it must have been on a long stretch to the wall where she could not effectively perform her turn immediately. Hanson’s body appeared to be in front (even though her :31.31 split was actually third, also trailing Jade Edmistone’s :31.24) and she was able to vault around much more quickly than Kirk and Edmistone, surfacing with a clear lead at the breakout off the 50. From that point Hanson was done with the field and drew away inexorably.
Hanson joins Kaitlin Sandeno with three individual titles and a relay gold in these championships.