Australian swimmer Lakeisha Patterson has crushed the S8 World Record in the 400 short course meters freestyle swimming at the 2016 Austrlian Short course National Championships. In the timed-final, multi-class race on Friday morning, Patterson swam a 4:42.98, which blows away the existing record done 7 years ago by American Jessica Long at the 2009 IPC World Championships. Long’s swim was a 4:46.56.
This summer, Patterson won the S8 400 free in long course at the Paralympics and broke the World Record in 4:40.33. This is a unique event where the long course World Record is actually faster than the short course World Record (in fact, it was even before Patterson broke both this year – Long had previously held them both).
Patterson won the race in the multi-class format that assigns points to each swim based on their relative proficiency as compared to their class. She’s also already grabbed a win and World Record in the 100 free (1:06.62) this week as well, and she placed 4th in the 50 free (31.22) behind Taylor Corry.
Patterson’s summer included 5 Paralympic medals, 2 of which were gold, in her first Paralympic Games.