Four world records were broken on the opening day of the 2019 Hancock Prospecting Australian Short Course Championships, as all the action from Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC kicked off on Thursday.

Across multiple fast-paced sessions and events, Monique Murphy (S10), Matt Levy (SM7), Ashleigh McConnell (S9) and Rachael Watson (S4) all surpassed world records in their respective classifications.

In only the second race of the day, Murphy (Belgravia Swim Team) bettered her own world record in the Women’s 400m Freestyle Multi-Class to win gold. The current reigning champ in this event clocked 4:35.52 – shaving .36 off her time which she set in 2015 – to finish ahead of Taylor Corry (S14) and Megan Botha (S14). Corry, from Nelson Bay, posted 4:43.96 to nab silver, while CA Triton’s Botha touched in 5:14.07 to snare bronze.

Four-time Paralympian Matt Levy broke a decade-long world record in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley Multi-Class to claim his third consecutive short course title. Touching in 2:34.02 for 1006 points, the North Sydney swimmer cut .27 seconds off the record, which had been held by Croatian Mihovil Spanja since 2009. Following closely behind, Jack Ireland (SM14) – having recently competed at the World Para Championships in London – touched for second in 2:16.21 equating to 859 points and Jesse Aungles (SM8) claimed bronze in 2:27.99 and 796 points.

Local hero Ashleigh McConnell (Melbourne Vicentre) and Chandler’s Rachael Watson battled it out for gold and silver in the Women’s 50m Freestyle Multi-Class. Although both athletes broke a world record, it was McConnell who came out on top, hitting the wall in 28.54 and 1030 points, to Watson’s 40.74 and 1014 points. Corry (27.86, 967 points) once again placed on the podium, securing bronze to round out the top three.

View all results including relays, click here.

The second day of action kicks off at Melbourne Sports Centres – MSAC tomorrow, with heats beginning at 10am and 6pm for finals. You can watch every race for free via 7Plus app or Swimming Australia’s iSwim app.

By Swimming Australia

Posted: 25/10/2019

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