Jessica-Jane Applegate breaks world record at National Para-Swimming Championships

Jessica-Jane Applegate. PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Jessica-Jane Applegate. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Jessica-Jane Applegate set a new para-swimming world record at the weekend.

The 20-year-old, from Burgh Castle, near Great Yarmouth, was competing at the English Federation of Disability Sport's National Para-Swimming Championships at Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Applegate won the women's S14 100m butterfly in a time of one minute, 06.86 seconds – improving on her previous world record of 01:07.11.

There was further success for the four-time Paralympic medallist, winning the S14 100m freestyle, the S14 50m freestyle and the S14 100m backstroke, in which she took bronze at the Paralympics in Rio earlier this year.

She also won the S14 200m freestyle, in which she won gold in at London 2012 but had to settle for silver in Rio, and the S14 400m freestyle.

Applegate also finished second in the SB14 100m breaststroke and the SM14 200m medley, in which she also won silver in Rio.

UEA City of Norwich Swimming Club had further successes at the two-day event as well.

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Jordan Catchpole won the men's 14-17 years S14 100m freestyle, S14 50m freestyle, SM14 200m medley, S14 100m backstroke, S14 100m butterfly, S14 200m freestyle and S14 400m freestyle.

Suzanne Warren was also in action, winning the women's S4 50m backstroke and the S4 50m butterfly.

Applegate recently launched a crowd-funding scheme after learning of a cut in her funding from British Swimming, leaving her with a £15,000 shortfall and with the possibility of having to retire.

For full details, and to make a donation to the fund, click here.

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