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Reason sets world 50 breakstroke mark

7/9/2009

MONTREAL -- Teenager Amanda Reason broke
the world record in the women's 50-meter breaststroke on
Wednesday at the Canadian trials for the world swimming
championships.

The 15-year-old Reason clocked 30.23 seconds to eclipse the
previous mark of 30.31 seconds set by Australia's Jade
Edmistone in 2006.

"This is just amazing," Reason told reporters. "I'm
speechless, incredible. My coach said I had to go out fast and get my head into
the motion.

"I did that well in the beginning and kept pushing it through to the end and I did it."

The world record is the first by a Canadian in a long
course pool since Allison Higson broke the 200 breaststroke
mark in 1988.

Reason won the bronze medal in the 50 breaststroke at the
world junior championships and in January took silver at the
junior Pan Pacific championships.

The 50m breaststroke is a world championship event but is
not raced at the Olympics.