2008 PARALYMPIC GAMES: Jessica Long Smashes Another World Record
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sept. 12, 2008
BEIJING, China - In the preliminary rounds of day six of competition, Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) smashed another world record, this time in the women's 400m freestyle (S8.) Her time of 4:47.45 beat the former world record (4:53.14), which she set in 2006, by more than five seconds. Her nearest competitor, Heather Frederiksen (GBR) was ranked in the number two spot, more than 10 seconds behind Long.
Long, who didn't expect to drop so much time said: "I didn't feel great in the pool this morning. That shows I can go even faster. I really want to go 4:44 tonight."
So far during the Beijing Paralympic Games, Long has set three world records. In addition to today's race, she set the world records in the women's 200m IM (SM8) (2:41.85) and the women's 100m freestyle (S8) (1:06.81.)
Long will be competing for her sixth medal in tonight's finals, aiming to add to her current tally of three gold, one silver and one bronze in Beijing.
After Friday morning's preliminary rounds, 10 U.S. athletes advance to tonight's finals, including:
17:00 Men's 400m Freestyle (S8) - Rudy Garcia-Tolson (Colorado Springs, Colo./Bloomington, Calif.) - 5:02.17 (8)
17:10 Women's 400m Freestyle (S8) - Jessica Long (Baltimore, Md.) - 4:47.45 (1, WR)
17:20 Men's 100m Freestyle (S12) - Tucker Dupree (Raleigh, N.C.) - 55.16 (4)
18:42 Men's 100m Breaststroke (SB5) - Aaron Paulson (Portland, Ore.) - 1:44.68 (8)
19:16 Women's 100m Breaststroke (SB6) - Deb Gruen (Hamden, Conn.) - 1:46.76 (4)
19:16 Women's 100m Breaststroke (SB6) - Miranda Uhl (Alachua, Fla.) - 1:50.80 (5)
20:08 Men's 400m Freestyle (S9) - Michael Prout (West Springfield, Mass.) - 4:28.25 (6)
20:08 Men's 400m Freestyle (S9) - Mark Barr (Davis, Calif.) - 4:30.48 (9)
20:08 Men's 400m Freestyle (S9) - Jarrett Perry (Colorado Springs, Colo./Wichita, Kan.) - 4:38.55 (12)
20:17 Women's 400m Freestyle (S9) - Elizabeth Stone (Grand Rapids, Mich.) - 5:01.24 (6)
Additional results from Friday preliminary rounds:
Men's 400m Freestyle (S8) - Tom Miazga (Cedarburg, Wis.) - 5:14.26 (9)
Men's 100m Freestyle (S11) - Philip Scholz (Mt. Sinai, N.Y.) - 1:04.11 (9)
Men's 100m Breaststroke (SB4) - Dave Denniston (Longmont, Colo.) - 1:53.23 (9)
Women's 100m Breaststroke (SB6) - Casey Johnson (Cypress, Calif.) - 2:07.89 (11)
Men's 100m Breaststroke (SB4) - Roy Perkins (Del Mar, Calif.) - 1:56.02 (10)
Women's 400m Freestyle (S9) - Melissa Stockwell (Colorado Springs, Colo./ Minneapolis, Minn.) - 5:09.89 (11)
For complete swimming results, visit http://results.beijing2008.cn/WRMP/ENG/Schedule/SW.shtml.
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