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    Swimming...and in the Australian city of Brisbane on Wednesday (8 February), 15-year-old schoolgirl Tracey Wickham?

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    CU: Australian schoolgirl swimmer Tracey Wickham speaking to reporter at poolside in Brisbane after her solo attempt on 1,500 metres freestyle record.

    GVs: Tracey making her record breaking swim as spectators look on. (11 SHOTS)

    CU: Tracey Wickham speaking.

    O'CALLAGHAN:"Well Tracey how do you feel personally? You have broken a world record by such an enormous margin, What are you feeling just now.?"

    WICKHAM: "Well,um, I am glad I have done it and I did not think I would do the time I did. But my brain has not actually received a time that I have done now."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"You can not believe it in other words?"

    WICKHAM:"No, in other words, I have not, sort of got the reaction yet."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"What did you think before the race? Did you feel you could break it?"

    WICKHAM:"I felt I could do just under the record, because my only best time before then was 16.42."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"And this is 16...?"

    WICKHAM:"...14 I did not think I would go 30 seconds now under my best time."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"Particularly in the circumstances..."

    WICKHAM: "Yes, just by myself swimming and..."

    O'CALLAGHAN: "Do you like swimming on your own?"

    WICKHAM:"I prefer it that way, I think."

    O'CALLAGHAN: "Why?"

    WICKHAM:"Oh, it just gives me more confidence I think and it does not make me worry about the other swimmers swimming next to me and trying to catch them or seeing, you know, how fast I can go to beat them?"

    O'CALLAGHAN:"You feel that having some opposition, er, you might, er, you might break your routine, break your schedule?"

    WICKHAM:"Yes I think so, because I worry more about them than the times I, you know, predict to do for each 100."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"Now Trace this was virtually done in secret, Why?"

    WICKHAM:"Well, um, I was hoping to get a world record before the Australian titles because I had been doing some good times in training. I did break the world record about a week ago."

    O'CALLAGHAN:" Well, did you?"

    WICKHAM:"Yes in training..."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"At this distance?"


    O'CALLAGHAN:"What did you do?"

    WICKHAM:"I did 16.20."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"Oh, ha ha, you had a fair idea you might break it tonight?"

    WICKHAM:"Yeah and then I said, and Bill was chasing around and said that, um, you know, why don't you have a go at it by yourself. And I said no, you know, I don't want to go, and then I eventually got around to doing it."

    O'CALLAGHAN: "But you trained today, of course, didn't you?"

    WICKHAM:"Yes I trained."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"How many miles?"

    WICKHAM: "About ten and a half miles today."

    O'CALLAGHAN: "What in two sessions?"

    WICKHAM: "Yes, two sessions."

    O'CALLAGHAN: "Incredible."

    WICKHAM: "Ha ha."

    O'CALLAGHAN: "Now what about the water. It must have been very hot."

    WICKHAM: "Oh, it was very hot, you know, with the warm weather which has been, which is up lately. If it was maybe last week when all the rain was on, you know, I would not have felt so hot and as overheated as I was."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"You did not appear to slacken. Your schedules were very good right through. Did you feel yourself er, losing strength?"

    WICKHAM:"No I felt strong all the way as if..."

    O'CALLAGHAN:"Would you like to have another go?"

    WICKHAM:"Oh, not now."

    Tracey Wickham's time for the 1,500 metres freestyle has yet to be ratified as a world record by the International Swimming Federation, but Australian swimming officials say that the time was a record because all requirements were met.

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    Background: Swimming...and in the Australian city of Brisbane on Wednesday (8 February), 15-year-old schoolgirl Tracey Wickham swam a world best time for the 1,500 metres freestyle. The time of 16 minutes 14.93 seconds has been claimed as a world record. It clips 9.67 seconds off the world mark of 16 minutes 24.6 seconds set by American Alice Browne at the United States National Championships last August. After her recordbreaking swim, which was timed electronically by Australian swimming officials, Tracey spoke to Brisbane television reporter, Frank O'Callaghan.

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