TIME OF MY LIFE
By Roz Alderton
IT took just over a minute for Kingscliff swimmer Sophie Edington to write herself into the history books as one of Australia's great backstrokers.
Or just under 61 seconds, to be precise.
When Edington took the gold in the 100m backstroke at the Commonwealth Games on Saturday night, she became the first Australian woman to break the 61-second barrier, locking one minute 0.93 seconds.
"I've definitely had my mind set on it for a while," Edington said.
"I was a little bit disappointed after the semi-final not getting to that point.
"I just went out there with a smile on my face knowing that whatever happens, happens."
In the process, she overpowered teammate Giaan Rooney, who finished second in 1:01.42, while Kingscliff club-mate Tay Zimmer, who had broken the Australian record just six weeks ago at the national trials, struggled with her shoulder injury to finish fifth.
Saturday's win is Edington's first individual gold medal at an international level, which she credits to a change in focus - by not taking swimming quite so seriously.
"I've just been enjoying the training a bit more," she said.
"I've put too much pressure on myself in the past. I just went out there to have a bit of fun."
But she's not finished yet, aiming to go even faster as part of the 4x100 medley relay tomorrow - having been part of the gold-medal winning relay team at the world championships last year.