Jessica Long wins seventh medal of the Paralympic Games
London – Jessica Long’s seventh medal of the London 2012 Paralympic Games came with something a little extra, a world record.
The most decorated American athlete of the Games, Long won the women’s 100m freestyle (S8) qualifying event on Thursday morning with a world record, but her record 1:06.06 lasted only a few hours. She came back to the Aquatics Centre in the evening and delivered a 1.05.63, securing her fifth gold of the Games.
Long, 20, finished nearly three seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Heather Frederiksen, the silver medalist.
“I got emotional after this race, which is really a first for me,” Long (Baltimore, Md.) said. “This is my favorite race, it’s a three-peat for me and I just got to thinking in the pool about the first time I won this when I was 12. It surprised me the emotions I felt but I have to say, the race went just like I planned, I really wanted this one.”
She won the race in the Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games. Long’s medal haul from those Games totals is nine, including seven gold.
Joining Long in adding to tonight’s medal count at the pool was the ever jubilant Cortney Jordan (Henderson, Nev.). Jordan’s steady swim in the women’s 400m freestyle (S7) guided her to her third silver of these Games with a 5.18.55.
“I am so lucky to be here representing my country,” Jordan said. “I think taking the time to enjoy this experience has really helped me to not get stressed so I’ve been able to perform well here.”
Navy Lt. Brad Snyder (St. Petersburg, Fla.) finished fourth with a time of 1.05.42 in the men’s 100m butterfly (S11).
“It’s tough to come in fourth but we knew it would be a really tight race - it’s so great to be in the pool with these guys,” said Snyder. Tomorrow is the one year anniversary of the IED explosion in Afghanistan that took Snyder’s sight. “Tomorrow I will focus on the race but after all this it will be great to get together with my family and really celebrate how far we’ve come.”
On Friday, he returns to the pool on the exact one year anniversary of the IED explosion that claimed his sight while he served with the U.S. Navy in Afghanistan.
In other action at the pool, Lantz Lamback (Augusta, Ga. ), who has already won gold and bronze in London, finished sixth with a 4.56.87 in the men’s 400m freestyle (S7). Cody Bureau (Colorado, Springs, Colo. ) finished seventh in the men’s 200m (SM9) with a 2.22.24. Anna Johannes’ (Colorado Springs, Colo.) 2.39.16 gave her a fifth place finish in the women’s 200m individual medley (SM9).
Swimming in her sixth Paralympic Games, Aimee Bruder (Birmingham, Ala.) was “proud and thrilled” to be in the Thursday finals. Bruder’s 1.04.50 resulted in a seventh place finish for her in the women’s 50m backstroke (S4).
Susan Beth Scott (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) and Anna Eames (Golden Valley, Minn.) who earlier this week swam together for silver in the women’s 4x100m freestyle relay (34 points) completed 100m freestyle final (S10). Eames’ 1.02.72 and Scott’s 1.02.82 resulted in sixth and seventh place finishes respectively.
Swimming in his first Games, and his first race since winning gold in the men’s 400m free (S10) here in London, Ian Silverman (Baltimore, Md.) finished seventh in the men’s 100m freestyle (S10). He came into the wall at 54.68.
U.S. swimmers have 32 of the 71 medals won by Team USA. In the pool, Team USA has earned 12 gold, 10 silver and 10 bronze.