Cambridge teenager Nikita Howarth has warmed up for her second Paralympics in world record style
Friday, 10 June 2016
New Zealand swimmer Nikita Howarth has put her Paralympic rivals on notice with a world record performance in Germany.
Nikita swam 1:18.65 in the women's S7 100m butterfly at the IDM German Open in Berlin on Friday (NZ time).
That bettered the previous record of 1:20.14 held by American Mallory Weggemann since 2009.
Howarth became New Zealand's youngest Paralympian when she attended the 2012 Games in London at the age of 13.
She will have high expectations on her in Rio as she enters these Games ranked No 1 in the world in four events.
Howarth's effort in Germany came off the back of an intense training camp for the powerful New Zealand Paralympic swimming team in Spain.
"It was great to see Nikita set a new world record in this event and all the more outstanding considering she came into this competition without a taper," Paralympic New Zealand's high performance director Malcolm Humm said.
"This was viewed more as competition training opportunity rather than an event Nikita was going to achieve a personal best performance at. This meet is a vital stepping stone in preparations for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games and bodes well for medal hopes."
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