On Sunday (9 December) a thirteen-year-old Sydney schoolgirl, Jenny Turrall, broke the Ladies Freestyle 1500 Metres World Swimming record.
LV Jenny Turrall training, swimming towards camera
SV Turrall during training session
TV ZOOM into CU Miss. Turrall swimming
SV Miss. Turrall swimming with breakers in background
SV Miss. Turrall ends session swims to side of pool and gets out for interview
SV Jenny and Mother interviewed.
DENNISON: "Jonny, you broke your own best time by fifty-seven seconds last night, was it a surprise to you?"
JENNY TURRALL: "Yes".
DENNISON: "How do you think you did it?"
JENNY TURRALL: "Oh, with the help of Sally and my turns and concentration on my stroke."
DENNISON: "What does it feel like, those last laps?"
JENNY TURRALL: "Oh my stomach was going up and down and I felt pretty good."
DENNISON: "What are you thinking about, did you know you'd broken the record?"
JENNY TURRALL: "Yes, we know our times, but we didn't know who won at the end, we know we had exactly the same times, except we didn't know who won, but we knew one of us had broken the world record."
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SPORT - SWIMMING
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Background: On Sunday (9 December) a thirteen-year-old Sydney schoolgirl, Jenny Turrall, broke the Ladies Freestyle 1500 Metres World Swimming record. Taking 4.25 seconds off the old record, Jenny finished only inches ahead of second-placed Sally Lockyer, her training partner, with a time of 16 minutes 49.9 seconds.
Jenny, a first-year student at Narrabeen Girls High School, becomes the second-youngest person over to hold a world record. She weighs only six stone eleven pounds (43 kgs) and stands only five fossette two inches high (157 cms.). Jenny trains for four-and-a-half hours a day, swimming 58 miles (93 kms.) a week.
Her record-breaking swim comes at a good time for the Australian swimming team, who have been feeling the loss of gold-medallist Shane Gould.
On Monday, (10 December) the day after her record-breaking swim, A.B.C. reporter Dick Dennison spoke to Jenny at the end of a training session:
SYNOPSIS: Thirteen-year-old Jenny Turrall, an Australian schoolgirl, broke the Ladies Freestyle fifteen hundred Metres World Swimming Record in Sydney on Sunday. Finishing with a time of sixteen minutes forty-nine point nine seconds, Jenny clipped four-and-a-quarter seconds off the previous world record. She is the second-youngest person ever to hold a world record.
Jenny trains for four-and-a-half hours a day, and swims about fifty-eight miles each week. She's a petite five foot two and weighs just six stone eleven. Her record-breaking swim comes at a good time for the Australian swimming team, who've just lost gold medallist Shane Gould. After Monday's training session, Jenny spoke about her record-breaking swim: