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Hannah Russell smashes two world records in Sheffield

26th March 2012

Hannah Russell (S12) starred at the Nationwide Junior and Youth Swimming Championships (25m) in Sheffield after breaking two world short course records over the weekend.

The Guildford swimmer broke records in the 400m Freestyle and the 100m Backstroke, having met the Paralympic qualifying times in both events at the British Gas Swimming Championships earlier in the month.

To break the world record is great and has given me more confidence going into the second trials.

Russell knocked the 400m Freestyle marker down to 4:37.05 and afterwards commented: “I’m in really tough training at the moment for the final Paralympic selection trials in two weeks time, so my main aim was to go below 4:40. To break the world record is great and has given me more confidence going into the selection trials.”

In the 100m Backstroke, Russell impressed to knock the time down to 1:08.01.

James Clegg, S12 swimmer from Edinburgh broke a British record in the 100m freestyle.

The 18 year old Scottish swimmer, who touched in a time of 58:06, said: “My training is going well right now and to break a British record this weekend is a real boost.

"I felt strong swimming in the freestyle and I am now focussed on trying to reach the qualification time for London 2012 in two weeks time.”

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