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New Zealand’s Sophie Pascoe sets world record in 100m free

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Earlier today at the New Zealand Open Swimming Championships in Auckland, Sophie Pascoe set a new world record in S10 100 meter freestyle with a time of 59.77. Her time was the first time someone in her class had cracked the 1 minute barrier. Earlier in the day in the heats, she swam the distance in a time of  1:01.14 to qualify for the finals.

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Pascoe celebrated her success on Facebook, saying, “Finally broke the 1min barrier in the 100m free tonight in a WR time 59.77 Couldn’t be happier to do it in front of home crowd! Thanks for everyone’s support and messages! ‪#‎NZOpens15‬”  She was quoted by Swimming New Zealand as saying, “That’s amazing. I’ve been chasing that minute mark for three years so to get it is fantastic,” Pascoe said. “It was fantastic to be able to get that world record at home in front of so many fans. They were great tonight, I could hear them as I came down that final 15 metres.”

 

So far at these championships, Pascoe has set four IPC Swimming World Championships qualifying times.  That competition is scheduled to get underway in July in Glasgow.  She should be joined by at least seven other New Zealand swimmers who set qualifying times in the competition so far.

 

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.

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