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Pascoe breaks world record

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 31/03/2016

Para-swimmer Sophie Pascoe has shattered her own 100m butterfly world record at the national swimming championships.

Pascoe broke the S10 category mark by more than a second as Matthew Stanley and Glenn Snyders both went under the Olympics qualifying times for Rio.

Pascoe won her favoured event in 1 minute 02.60 seconds but said there was more to come.

"I was pleasantly surprised but I wanted a strong nationals to show all the others beginning their nationals that I am on form for Rio coming up in five months' time.

"Now it is head-down and bum-up and try to get under that again in Rio," she said.

Stanley qualified for his second Rio event after clocking 3min 49.01sec to win the 400m freestyle after earlier bettering the mark for the 200m.

He overtook Ewan Jackson on the final 100m with Jackson missing the Rio standard by about half a second.

"The best way that I swim the 400s is even paced. Once I can improve the efficiency over the first 200 then the time will come down further," Stanley said.

Glenn Snyders, who went under the Rio time in the morning heats of the 100m breaststroke, went faster in the evening to clock 1:00.08 to win the final and is now looking forward to a third Olympics.

"I am absolutely rapt with that swim. I just wanted to go faster tonight," Snyders said.

"I guess this shows that my determination and perseverance over 15 plus years in the sport has paid off and to join the likes of Helen Norfolk, Dean Kent and now Lauren (Boyle) in three Olympics is special."

Aside from Pascoe's effort, North Shore's Bryall McPherson added a further nomination time in the S8 100m butterfly for S8 while double Paralympic gold medallist Cameron Leslie was well under the standard in the SM4 150m medley.

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