Corben continues hot streak with two European records

Fareham Nomads star Jo Corben

Fareham Nomads star Jo Corben

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Jo Corben kept up her fine recent form to smash two European Masters backstroke records last month.

And now her Fareham Nomads coach reckons a world best could be on the cards later this season.

Corben set new short-course marks of 1min 7.64sec in the 100m backstroke and 2.22.80 in the 200m backstroke at the Bracknell Masters Open Meet as she beat off competitors from around the country.

The 45-year-old is on a record-breaking streak having set two long-course 100m and 200m backstroke European records earlier this year at the South East Regional Championships in Crawley.

Her coach Stewart Crowe expressed his delight at her recent performances.

And he believes she can push on to even greater success and continue her form at the British Masters Championships later this year.

Crowe said: ‘Jo’s incredible 200m backstroke swim was the fastest she has swam since October 2012.

‘This was talent, determination, technique and everything else coming together in one swim.

‘She then followed this up to set a new record in the 100m backstroke, arguably her weaker of the backstroke events.

‘This was the fastest she swam the event since 2007.

‘I am incredibly proud to be her coach.

‘The work now continues for an attempt on the world record later this year at Manchester in the British Masters Championships in June.’

There was even more to celebrate in the Corben household as Jo’s husband Tony also bagged a gold, silver and bronze medal in the 100m butterfly, 50m butterfly and 200m freestyle respectively.

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