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Howarth sets new world record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 10/06/2016
Nikita Howarth poses for a photo after being named in the NZ Para-Swimming team announcement at Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre on May 5, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. © Hannah Peters/Getty Images Nikita Howarth poses for a photo after being named in the NZ Para-Swimming team announcement at Sir Owen Glenn Aquatic Centre on May 5, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand.

Paralympic swimmer Nikita Howarth has stormed to a new world record in the S7 100m butterfly at the German Open in Berlin.

Howarth clocked one minute 18.65 seconds to better the previous record of 1:20.14 held by American Mallory Weggemann since 2009.

Ranked first in the world in four separate events, Howarth made her Paralympic debut at the 2012 London Games aged 13.

Paralympics NZ high performance director Malcolm Humm said Howarth's effort was especially impressive given that she was coming straight form an intensive training camp in Spain, and hadn't yet tapered.

"This meet is a vital stepping stone in preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and bodes well for medal hopes."

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