By Sharon Robb
August 9, 2017–Jennifer Martin of South Florida Aquatic Club dominated the opening day of the swimming competition at the 2017 World Police & Fire Games in Los Angeles.
The City of Pembroke Pines police sergeant has won three golds and one silver medal and broke two world records after two days of competition in open water and pool events.
On opening day of pool swimming on Wednesday at the Exposition Park Swim Stadium, Martin, 36, competing in the 35-39 age group, won the 100-meter breaststroke in a world record 1:24.43. The previous record was 1:24.74 set in 2013. She bettered her 2015 bronze medal swim of 1:27.8.
Defending 30-34 butterfly champion won another gold medal in the 35-39 50-meter butterfly in 31.32, just missing the world record of in 30.83.
Martin, competing on a multi-national 200-meter freestyle relay with swimmers from Romania, India and Taiwan, broke a 20-year-old world record in 1:59. The previous world record was 2:02.30 set in 1997.
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 bettering her 2015 bronze medal place.
The World Police & Fire Games feature 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.
The World Police and Fire Games have been held every two years since 1985.
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