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Swimmer Breaks Icelandic Record at Olympics

Árni Már Árnason became the first Icelandic swimmer to break an Icelandic record at the Beijing Olympics yesterday by swimming at a time of 22.81 seconds in 50-meter freestyle. The previous record was 23.02 seconds.

“It was absolutely fantastic to wave to my parents who were watching, waving the Icelandic flag and cheering me on. It was great to dive into the pool and break an Icelandic record in my first Olympics,” Árnason told Morgunbladid.

Árnason had the 56th best time compared to the other contestants before the competition began but after the 50-meter freestyle yesterday he ranked 44th.

The previous Icelandic record in 50-meter freestyle was held by established swimmer Örn Arnarson, Iceland’s flag-bearer at the Beijing Olympics. Yesterday, Árnason became the first swimmer to break a record set by Arnarson in an adult category.

Árnason’s fiancé, Erla Dögg Haraldsdóttir, is also competing in swimming for Iceland at the Olympics. Until now, the eight swimmers competing for Iceland have not been particularly satisfied with their performances.

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