World Record Broken as Sheffield Para Swimming World Series Event Closes

New world record holder Arnost Petracek

A long time world record has finally been lowered as Czech swimmer Arnost Petracek set a new world record in the men’s 50m backstroke S4 at the Sheffield Para Swimming World Series event on Sunday.

Petracek was amazed at his time, breaking a world record that has stood since the 2008 Beijing Paralympic Games. His time of 42.22 seconds shaved just under half a second off the old record held by Mexican Juan Reyes.

That time meant Petracek demolished the competition in the multi-classification race, earning 1,035 points, the most of the meet. His next nearest competitor finishing almost 300 points back as British swimmer Andrew Mullen had to settle for silver.

It was a two man race in the men’s 200m freestyle and much closer than the earlier backstroke race. Britain’s Thomas Hamer continued his good meet as he won the race earning 953 points, finishing just ahead of a surging Wai Lok Tang of Hong Kong who earned 926 points.

The women’s 200m freestyle was dominated by intellectually disabled athletes and resulted in another gold for Great Britain. Bethany Firth won just ahead of team mate Jessica Jane Applegate with Sweden’s Pernilla Lindberg off the pace in third.

Rebecca Meyers continued her stunning form as she won her third race of the meet in the women’s 400m freestyle. Meyers was well ahead of the field as she managed 877 points, two British swimmers finishing behind her in Elanor Robinson and Maisie Summers-Newton.

In the men’s 400m freestyle there was another three time gold medallist as Uzbek swimmer Dmitriy Khorlin claimed the win. He finished well in front of the British duo of Lewis White and Jacob Leach both finishing 100 points further back to finish the meet.

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