Jessica Long sets world record in Berlin

By Katie Branham | April 24, 2014, 6:25 p.m. (ET)
Jessica Long
Jessica Long improved her own world record on the first day of competition in Berlin.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Team USA’s Jessica Long swam to victory in the women’s S8 100-meter butterfly in world record fashion on the first day of competition at the 28th International German Championship today in Berlin.

The 17-time Paralympic medalist from Baltimore, Maryland bettered her own S8 world record from the 2013 International Paralympic Committee Swimming World Championships. Long lowered her time by nearly two-tenths of a second as she touched the wall in 1:09.60.

Paralympic gold medalist Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Maryland) also added his name to the record books as he set American records in the men’s S10 200 freestyle (1:57.65) and 100 butterfly (59.02).

Competition in Berlin features around 600 swimmers from 30 countries and runs through Sunday. For complete results and more information, visit the event homepage.