Newly-Reclassified Millward Breaks S8 100 Back World Record


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Great Britain’s Stephanie Millward, competing in her best event in her first major competition since being reclassified as an S8 in early June, has broken the World Record in the women’s 100 meter backstroke.

Millward swam a 1:12.94 on Wednesday’s prelims, which by the multi-class point system made her the fastest qualifier into finals. In the process, she cleared over a second from the existing World (and National) Record of 1:14.36 done by fellow Brit Heather Frederiksen (1:14.36) in 2009. Frederiksen’s record-setting swim was done in the same Ponds Forge pool in Sheffield that this week’s British Summer Championships are being held in.

At 34, Millward is the oldest swimmer in the event by 15 years, and she enters this summer with 5 Paralympic medals – including a silver in the 100 back at the London 2012 Olympics while swimming in the S9 category. Now reclassified as an S8, generally speaking a slower category, she not only broke the World Record with this swim, but leads the world in 2016 by over 6 seconds.

At the IDM International meet where Millward was reclassified, she didn’t swim the 100 back, instead racing the 100 breaststroke and 100 freestyle. She won the S8 class in the 100 free at that meet by a second-and-a-half.

Millward’s 1:12, while a World Record in her new class, isn’t her best time – she’s been faster than that swim at least a dozen times, including most recently in 2013. Her best time of the year prior to this swim is a 1:13.04 from the Dave McCullagh International meet in March.



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4 years ago

I thought she was in a wheelchair and in declining health. Here comes another 200 comments on cheating.

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4 years ago

what a joke.

4 years ago

Classification in Paralympic sport really kills off my interest at times. I don’t see how it can be truly fair.

I don’t know the ins & outs of Millwards health, nor whether she is in the correct category, but I always have my doubts in paralymplic sport.

Sour grapes
Reply to  Dee
4 years ago

Good to know someone who doesn’t know the ins and outs of the subject has doubts

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