Swimming: Yip Pin Xiu misses world record by 0.4s in second gold of Russian National C'ships

Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu picked up her second gold medal at the Russian National Championships in the women's S2 100m backstroke event on April 10, 2016.
Swimmer Yip Pin Xiu picked up her second gold medal at the Russian National Championships in the women's S2 100m backstroke event on April 10, 2016. PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - National para-swimmer Yip Pin Xiu came within a whisker of a world record on Sunday, when she clocked 2min 16.71sec in the women's S2 100m backstroke event of the Russian National Championships.

Just 0.4sec off the current mark held by Ukraine's Ganna Ielisavetska, it was Yip's second gold of the meet, held in Ramenskoye.

She had also won the S2 50m freestyle event on Thursday, clocking 1:02.49.

Yip, Singapore's only Paralympic champion so far, holds the world record in the S2 50m backstroke event (1:01.61).

Team-mate Theresa Goh has a silver (SB4 100m breaststroke) and a bronze (S5 200m free) from the meet.

This is the duo's first meet since competing at the Asean Para Games in December. Both are slated to compete at the Rio Paralympics in September.