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Kiwi Paralympic stars in world-beating form

March 19, 2013

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Kiwi Paralympics stars Sophie Pascoe and Mary Fisher set world records on the third morning of the national swimming championships in Auckland on Tuesday.

Pascoe, 20, clocked 29.21sec in the 50m butterfly, well under the previous world record of 29.57 she set at the Paralympics in London last year.

Fellow London gold medallist Fisher, 20, clocked 34.35 in the same event to break her own world record of 35.12, also set in London.

Fisher went on to qualify fastest in 200m individual medley heats with 2min 54.25sec.

United States-based Glenn Snyders went under the A qualifying time for the world championships when he topped qualifiers in the heats of the men’s 50m breaststroke.

The 25-year-old clocked 27.41 in the 50m breaststroke, more than half a second inside the qualifying mark for Barcelona and 0.4sec outside his own national record.

Snyders posted a qualifying time over 100m earlier in the meet.

In other swims, world champion Lauren Boyle topped qualifiers in the women’s 200m freestyle heats with a time of 1:59.07, the only swimmer under two minutes.



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