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Paralympian Mel Nicholls smashes her own T34 1500m world record

By lauracfell  |  Posted: May 26, 2014

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PARALYMPIAN Mel Nicholls smashed her own 1500m world record by just under 10 seconds at the England Athletics Disability Open championships.

The wheelchair racer recorded a time of four minutes, one second in Bedford to set a new mark in the T34 category.

The result was all the more remarkable, as the Gloucestershire racer set the previous world record of 4.11.60 just one week before in Switzerland, at the IPC Nottwil Grand Prix.

It proved to be a busy weekend for Nicholls (pictured, right), who went on to record the third fastest time ever in the 800m, clocking 2.12.51.

Nicholls also set a new PB in the 400m, clocking 1:04.46 and enjoyed recording 14:06.77 in the 5,000m.

These two days of competition on home soil came after eight days racing in Switzerland, which saw the Coventry Godiva Harriers athlete break her own world record in the 1500m but secure five PBs in seven races.

After finishing seventh in the 200m at London 2012, Nicholls made the decision to concentrate on the longer distances in a bid for glory at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games, and she has truly found her form this season.

Nicholls said: “I wasn’t expecting a world record at all - we were all tired from Switzerland and the weather was bad.

“But to get it was amazing. I knew I could go faster, I just needed the right race. I am always learning and doing the longer races is more in tune with my natural abilities.”

Nicholls will race in Bedford on Sunday before targeting selection for the 800m and 100m at the European Championships in Swansea at the end of August.

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