Thursday, September 11, 2008

nero comp takes Paralympic gold honors

While wearing a blueseventy nero comp swimskin, Kevin Paul of South Afirca slashed more than four seconds from his personal best time on Wednesday on his way to winning a gold medal for the 100m breaststroke SB9 in the Beijing Paralympics.

The 17-year-old broke his own world record -- set in the morning heats -- when he won the final in 1:08.58 and his face mirrored his disbelief as he saw the scoreboard showing the time.

“I started this morning with a 1:12 personal best,” he said after the race, “and I couldn't believe it when I saw the time for the heat. I was hoping for a 1:10,” he said.

But he had taken more that two seconds off the old mark of 1:10.85, and then he shaved a further 12 hundredths off the new mark in the final as he beat local hero Lin Furong into second by exactly a second, with former world record-holder Dimitry Polin of Russia 3.16 seconds behind in fifth.

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