Beattie breaks record
FORMER Warwick athlete Carlee Beattie has broken the world record for long jump for the second time.
The Paralympian competed at the national championships in Melbourne at the weekend and jumped a massive 5.89m in her category for athletes with disabilities.
This distance broke her previous world record – a mark she set just four weeks ago – by five centimetres.
Beattie said it felt great to achieve a new world best.
“I’ve been focusing on this, training six days a week,” she said.
“My goal is to get six metres and we’ve been focusing on that in the last couple of months, so it was kind of expected I’d get that or near it.”
The Australian athletics season has finished and Beattie will focus now on European meets in July.
“I’ve got three months before that and I’ll get back to more base training, including fitness, strength and more running,” Carlee said.
Proud step-mother Jeanette Beattie said she was stoked at Carlee’s achievement.
“The family couldn’t be prouder. She’s worked so hard,” she said.
“She’s been working towards these results for a long time. Prior to the Beijing Paralympics she got sick and Beijing was a real battle for her. Since then she’s gone ahead in leaps and bounds.”