This morning during the Bergen Swim Festival prelims, Pál Joensen set a new Faroe Islands national record in the 200 meter breaststroke, qualifying for the final in 2:21.71. But that is not all – en route to that he broke the Faroese records also in the 50 and 100 meter breaststroke.
A consequence of being a world class swimmer from a tiny country that is still waiting for its first long course pool, the records might not be that hard to break. The 50 record was 31.39 from 2010, while the records in the 100 and 200 were 1:08.84 and 2:24.46 respectively.
Still, breaking all national records in the long course breaststroke is quite impressive, when it was done in only one race. Especially if you are not a breaststroker per se, but a long course freestyler.
The Faroese records are now 30.65 in the 50 breaststroke, 1:06.40 in the 100 and 2:21.71 in the 200.
Pál was 7th in the final, but we were happy with his prelim swim :-)