Corben shatters European record

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Jo Corben revealed her excitement after smashing the European 200m backstroke record at the South East Regional Masters Championships on Sunday.

The Fareham Nomads swimmer, 44, recorded a time of 2min 27.86sec, breaking the British record for the 45-49 year age group by nine seconds and the European record by three seconds.

Corben also broke the British record in the 100m backstroke in a time of 1.09.39.

It was the fastest time she has achieved over the distance since 2012.

According to the Ligue Europeene Natation (LEN) records from December 2014, she is the only female swimmer to hold a European masters record in one event, in three age groups – 30-34 years, 40-44 years and 45-49 years.

Corben said: ‘I am absolutely delighted with my results at the weekend.

‘I was hoping to break the British records but to lower the 200m European record by so much is very exciting.’

She has only recently returned to Nomads and is relishing the opportunity to work with the club’s coaches again.

‘I absolutely love being back at Fareham Nomads and truly believe that head coach Stewart Crowe and assistant coach John Molyneaux can coach me to be even faster,’ added Corben.

‘I have to thank my husband, Tony, for being so supportive, I couldn’t manage without him.

‘It’s back to hard work now, focusing on the GB Championships in June.’

Although a masters swimmer, Corben trains with the club’s top squad, as well as the newly-formed masters squad.

Crowe said: ‘Jo is a great role model for all those swimmers coming through.

‘She is committed, determined and focused on her goals.’