Cypriot Paralympic swimmer Karolina Pelendritou set a new world record on Friday in Tokyo with a time of 29.92 seconds in the women’s 50m freestyle S11, a first ever sub-30 swim.
Pelendritou will now compete in the final of the same event, which will take place at noon Cyprus time.
The athlete arrived in Tokyo already holding the previous world record in the same category, which was beaten by China’s Ma Jia in heat 1, who set a time of 30.05 seconds. However, Pelendritou took the record straight back in heat 2.
The time with which Pelendritou qualified for the final is one of the best achievements for the island in its sporting history and the Cyprus Paralympic Committee released a statement congratulating her for her effort.
“The Cyprus Paralympic Committee wishes Karolina the best in the final after such an impressive result in the qualifying round.
“We hope that the Cypriot flag will fly high in Tokyo’s sky after her race,” the statement said.