In a stellar twenty-four hours for wheelchair track athletes from the NSW Institute of Sport, Rheed McCracken and Madi De Rozario hit world records in Switzerland at the IPC Grand Prix on the weekend.
Rheed McCracken set a new world record in the T34 100m, the 21 year old beating his own previous record by 0.12 to clock 14.80 seconds.
“I really surprised myself actually with that one” said McCracken.
“I was hoping to go fast today but wasn’t really expecting that to be honest.
“After the 200 yesterday I felt like there was an opportunity to go quick here in the 100 and I woke up feeling really good.”
Just as impressive was Madi de Rozario in the T53/54 1500m with a time of 3:13.27 that equalled the all-time best performance in the event.
“I didn’t have too many expectations, it was just a good experience and a good chance to race all the girls” de Rozario said.
The result equals Tatyana McFadden’s world record set in Arbon in 2015 and comes off the back of a terrific season for de Rozario. The NSWIS Scholarship Holder won two gold medals at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and took out the London Marathon last month.
“I was just so lucky that I had a bit more to come around but the girls are so strong right now it’s always such a pleasure racing them”.
De Rozario and McCracken now move onto the Daniela Jutzeler Memorial Meet in Nottwil, Switzerland, starting on Thursday 31st May.
🚨 World Records!!! Madison de Rozario equals T53/54 1500m time of 3:13.27 and Rheed McCracken broke his own record in the T34 100m with a 14.80 second push! Both taking part in the IPC Grand Prix in Switzerland over the weekend 👏Congrats #TeamNSWIS! (📸 Getty Images)
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