By Sharon Robb
August 11, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club broke two more world records and added two more gold medals to her collection to bring home at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.
The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant broke world records in the 50-meter breaststroke and 50-meter freestyle Friday at Exposition Park Swim Stadium to finish her meet on a record-breaking, winning note.
Martin, 36, won the 50-meter breaststroke in 36.33, the only sub-40 swim, and 50-meter freestyle in 27.86, the only sub-30 swim in her 35-39 division.
Martin finished with seven gold medals, one silver and five world records after four days of open water and pool racing.
On Thursday, she won gold medals in the 50-meter backstroke and 200-meter medley relay that also broke a world record in 2:14 with teammates Lavina Brebu, 36, Ting-Yun Cheng, 32, and Richa Mishra, 33.
It was the same four 30-39 multi-national relay members from Romania, India, Taiwan and U.S. that shattered the 20-year-old world record in the 200-meter freestyle relay in 1:59.84. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997. Martin also won the 50-meter backstroke in 34.12.
On Wednesday, Martin won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She also won a gold medal in the 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of 30.83.
In Sunday’s 2-mile open water pier-to-pier swim, Martin was second in her division taking a silver medal in 1:08.44.
The competition features 8,000 police officers and firefighters from 70 countries competing in 65 different sports. The 11-day biennial Olympics-style competition is for finely-tuned active and retired police officers and firefighters.
Martin is a SOFLO masters swimmer and trains with SOFLO at Academic Village Pool. She is also a marathon runner.
The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.
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