Two World Records Broken By Perkins ChCh Press 26 August 1994
Kieran Perkins ignored his coach's instructions when he broke the
world 800m and 1500m freestyle records in a phenomenal swim in the
final night of the Commonwealth Games at the Saanich Pool last night.
Perkins, after consulting with his coach before the race, decided to
try for his own 800m freestyle world record. He achieved that, but
instead of easing back as planned, decided he would keep up his hectic
pace and shoot for his world 1500m record.
From 600m up to 1400m, Perkins reeled off a series of 100m legs around
60sec and had to swim the last 100m in 59sec to break the record. He
did that comfortably. His new time, 14.41.66, took 1.86sec off his
previous mark set when he won the gold medal atthe Barcelona Olympics
two years ago.
His 800m time, 7.46.00 took 0.60sec off his own record set in Sydney
in February 1992.
Perkins's coach, John Carew, asked him after the race why he had gone
on and attempted the world 1500m record. "His reply was that he felt
good. What could I say to that?"
Perkins gathered from the commotion from the Australian team on the
poolside that he had broken the 800m record. "I was still in a rhythm
at that stage and had covered another 50m, so I thought 'will I carry
on and try for the 1500?' and decided: Why not. "I knew I was on world
record pace and it was just too difficult to slow down. A couple of
guys had said to me before the race that if you get to the 1200m and
they're still going crazy don't slow down."
"I must admit I snuk a look at the board a couple of times and I
wasn't far offit. I couldn't help it I had to keep going."
Perkin's killer pace left the rest of the field, including his two
Australian team mates, Daniel Kowalski and Glen Houseman, who were
second and third respectively, swimming for nothing but the minor
medals after the first 100m was covered by Perkins in a remarkable
54.81sec. He passed through the 400m in 3.50.37 only 5 seconds slower
than his winning time in the 400m individual event earlier in the
Perkins said he has not been near his best times since the Barcelona
Olympics and he wanted to get near them again at this meeting in
preparation for the world championships, which start in Rome on
Kowalski was asked if it was hard to keep going when Perkins was so
far ahead. His answer was succinct: "No. I'm used to it now."
Perkins was not prepared to make any predictions about whether he
would break the world record again in Rome.