Long shatters freestyle world record at IDM Berlin

By Brianna Tammaro | April 16, 2015, 6:04 p.m. (ET)
Jessica Long smiles while competing at the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships at the Toronto Pan Am Sports Centre. Long broke the world record in the 400 meter freestyle in the first day's preliminary race in Toronto.

BERLIN—Jessica Long (Baltimore, Maryland) broke her own world record time by 32 seconds in the 800 meter freestyle race on Thursday at the 2015 IDM Berlin meet in Germany. 

The 12-time Paralympic gold medalist finished with a time of 9:45.08 to take the top honors in the women’s S8 class at the Berlin Europa Sport Park. Long out-swam her previous mark of 10:17.50 to earn the world, American and Pan Am records for the freestyle event. 

Becca Meyers (Timonium, Maryland) also represented Team USA on today’s podium, winning a silver medal in the women’s S13 100 butterfly with a time of 1:07.37.

Long’s record-setting performance comes nearly a month after she broke the world record in the 400 freestyle on Day One of the 2015 Can Am Para-swimming Championships in Toronto. She and 24 other members of the U.S. Paralympics Swimming Team will compete at the 2015 IPC Swimming World Championships in Glasgow, U.K. from July 13-19.

For more information, results and the live stream from the competition taking place Apr. 16-19, visit IDM Berlin.