Records fall to Kiwi surf lifesaving duo

CHRIS BARCLAY
Last updated 05:00 09/11/2012

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New Zealand's surf lifesavers produced record-breaking exploits in the pool component at the Rescue world championships in Adelaide yesterday.

After defending champions Australia set the early benchmark during the simulated emergency response competition (SERC) on Wednesday, the Kiwis found form at the South Australia Aquatic Centre.

Wellington swimmer Sam Lee set a world record and team captain Andy McMillan broke two national records in the heats of their events.

Lee erased her own world record in the 100m rescue medley. Her time of one minute 11.94 seconds beat the mark she set in Germany last year.

McMillan, who swam for New Zealand at the London Olympics, broke national records in the 200m obstacles and 100m manikin tow heats en route to qualifying for finals in both events.

His 200m obstacles time of 1min 55.91sec beat his previous national record of 1min 56.06sec and is the fastest time recorded in the Commonwealth.

McMillan shaved more than 1.5sec off Glenn Anderson's 100m manikin tow time, set at the world championships in Egypt two years ago. He qualified fourth for the final and was confident of going even quicker when it counts.

"A couple of things didn't quite go to plan," he said.

"The tube popped off my shoulder and I missed the clip on the first try but I came home pretty strong."

The women's 4 x 50m obstacle relay team - Natasha Hind, Lee, Devon Halligan and Laura Quilter - capped a solid session by leading qualifiers in the heats, while the men's team was second fastest.

Hind and Lee also made the final of the 200m obstacles, while Hind also made the finals of the 100m rescue medley.

New Zealand last won the world title in 1998, with Australia winning every title since. Fairfax NZ

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