FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 10, 2008
BEIJING, China - Lantz Lamback (Colorado Springs, Colo./Augusta, Ga.) shaved over three seconds off of his qualifying time (1:17.26) to set a new world record (1:14.06) in the men's 100m backstroke (S7). "I just went after it and didn't hold back," said Lamback following his preliminary round race.
Also holding the top rank going into Wednesday night finals is first-time Paralympian Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.), who set a Paralympic record (37.14) in the men's 50m butterfly (S5.)
Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.) also finished with the fastest time (1:00.27) in the women's 100m freestyle (S13) heats. "I felt good and fast. I felt smooth," said Becherer. "My strategy tonight is to win - just race and keep it up." Becherer will be competing tonight for her second medal of the Beijing Paralympic Games. She won bronze in the women's 400m freestyle (S13.)
Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) finished second in the women's 100m backstroke (S8) heats with a time of 1:20.44. Looking for her fourth medal of the competition, Long will be challenging Heather Frederiksen (GBR), who set a world record (1:17.62) this morning.
Six U.S. athletes advance to tonight's finals, including:
17:16 Women's 100m Freestyle (S13) - Kelley Becherer (Sheboygan, Wis.) - 1:00.27 (1)
17:37 Men's 100m Backstroke (S7) - Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.) - 1:30.14 (5)
17:37 Men's 100m Backstroke (S7) - Lantz Lamback (Colorado Springs, Colo./Augusta, Ga.) - 1:14.06 (1)
18:10 Women's 100m Backstroke (S8) - Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) - 1:20.44 (2)
18:32 Men's 200m IM (SM12) - Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.) - 2:20.32 (6)
19:02 Men's 50m Butterfly (S5) - Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) - 37.14
19:07 Men's 4x100m Freestyle relay (34 point) - Team USA (to be announced)
Men's 100m Breaststroke (SB9) - Kendall Bailey (San Diego, Calif.) - 1:20.82 (12)
Men's 100m Breaststroke (SB9) - Cody Bureau (Colorado Springs, Colo./Latrobe, Pa.; 2004) - DSQ
18:05 Men's 100m Backstroke (S8) - Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wis.) - 1:16.01 (9)
18:05 Men's 100m Backstroke (S8) - Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Bloomington, Calif.) - 1:18.02 (13)
Women's 100m Backstroke (S8) - Amanda Everlove (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - DSQ
Men's 50m Butterfly (S5) - Dave Denniston (Longmont, Colo.) - 45.89 (9)
For complete swimming results, visit http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/Schedule/SW.shtml.
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