Thirteen year-old Jenny Turrall, Australia's newest swimming sensation, smashed another world record in Sydney on Wednesday (9 January) -- her own.
Thirteen year-old Jenny Turrall, Australia's newest swimming sensation, smashed another world record in Sydney on Wednesday (9 January) -- her own. Jenny clocked an incredible 16 minutes 48.2 seconds in the final of the New South Wales 1500 metres freestyle championship to take 1.7 seconds off the world mark she set a month ago.
The record came as a shock to the youngster. At the end of the 30 laps, Jenny was hoisting herself out of the pool when timekeepers whispered to her that she had broken her record. She flopped back into the water in amazement.
The swim was the best of her short but spectacular career. In her previous two world, records, the 1500 metres and the 800 metres, she was pushed to her best performance by another rising star, Sally Lockyer, and just won by a touch. This time, Narelle Moras pushed her along for the first six laps before Jenny increase her lead.
After 800 metres, she was behind schedule by two seconds. Then she started to chip away at the deficit until she was level with four laps to go. The record was actually gained in the last 400 metres which she covered in 4 minutes 24.4 seconds -- 6.6 seconds faster than her first 400 metres.
Sally Lockyar didn't take part in this event and it was only a last minute change of plan that saw Jenny swim the 1500 metres. Originally she was not to compete because of her crowded programme.
SYNOPSIS: In Sydney on Wednesday, the start of the fifteen-hundred metres competition in the New South Wales championships--a record-breaking event for a bright Australian swimming star. Thirteen-year-old Jenny Turrall, Australia's newest swimming sensation, was out to smash the world record in the thirty lap race--a mark she had set just a month ago.
Jenny Turrall was swimming the best race of her short spectacular career. She had set the world mark for the fifteen-hundred metres and the eight hundred metres. In both those previous races she was pushed to her best performance by another rising star, Sally Lockyer. This time, Narelle Moras was setting the pace through the first eight hundred metres, with Jenny following close after her.
With Narelle Moras setting a fast pace during the first half of the race, Jenny was just two seconds off her world record pace.
After the first eight hundred metres, Jenny started to close the gap on her previous record until she was level with four laps to go. She covered the last four hundred metres in a dazzling four minutes twenty four-point-four seconds -- six-point-six seconds faster than her first four hundred metres...As she made final touch, Jenny had clocked an incredible sixteen minutes forty eight-point-two seconds--taking one-point-seven seconds off her previous world mark.