SYDNEY (Reuters) - Jessicah Schipper capped a golden few weeks on Wednesday when she set a world record for women’s 100 metres butterfly at the Australian short-course (25-metre pool) championships in Hobart.
Schipper stormed to victory in 55.68 seconds to shave 0.06 off the previous mark set last year by her fellow Australian and Olympic champion Libby Trickett.
It was Schipper’s second world record in a month after she reclaimed the long-course (50-metre pool) 200 butterfly mark at the world championships in Rome.
“It’s been a really big month that has taken its toll on me, but it’s great to finish like that, now I can enjoy my holidays,” she told reporters.
Despite winning a gold medal in the medley relay, Schipper was inconsolable after failing to win the 200 butterfly final at last year’s Beijing Olympics.
She dumped her longtime coach Ken Wood after he admitted selling a training programme to China’s Liu Zige, who broke Schipper’s world record to win the Olympic title.