World best smashed in Hatfield

PUBLISHED: 16:13 15 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:02 26 October 2009

Liz Johnson broke a world record in Hatfield

Liz Johnson broke a world record in Hatfield

A WORLD record was smashed at the University of Hertfordshire pool in Hatfield. Welsh swimmer Liz Johnson clocked an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) world best during the UK Challenge Valentine s Meet run by Hatfield Swimming Club at the Herts

Photo: Richard Lane.
VISA Paralympic World Cup 2007. Track Cycling. 11/05/2007. 
Great Britain's Jody Cundy in the 1km Time Trial Final.

A WORLD record was smashed at the University of Hertfordshire pool in Hatfield.

Welsh swimmer Liz Johnson clocked an International Paralympic Committee (IPC) world best during the UK Challenge 'Valentine's Meet' run by Hatfield Swimming Club at the Herts Sports Village.

The Athens Paralympic Games silver medallist from the Swansea Performance Centre broke the S6 category 100m breaststroke record.

She swam a time of 1 minute 39.45 seconds to slice almost two seconds off the previous best.

Liz, 22, is a graduate from Swansea University and holds four world records and will be a strong contender for gold at the Beijing Paralympics later this year.

She is the girlfriend of former Paralympic champion Jody Cundy, the ex-University of Hertfordshire student and Hatfield swimmer.

Jody struck gold at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics in the 100m fly.

He now cycles for GB and will also start as strong favourite in Beijing in his new discipline.

Liz, meanwhile, was given a special presentation at the Hatfield meet by Craig Hunter, who lives in St Albans and was GB's swimming team manager at the last two Olympics and is now a member of the British Swimming board.

"It was quite moving as the whole audience stood up to applaud her," said Hatfield Swimming Club head coach Nick Juba.

Hatfield swimmers also enjoyed success in their own meet.

Adam Brown, the club's GB senior international, returned from Australia and broke two East records in the 50m backstroke and 100m individual medley.

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