personal best

noun

: the best achievement one has ever had
Her time in the race was a personal best.

Examples of personal best in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sean Dixon-Bodie, a University of Florida All-American from Bloomfield, jumped his personal best in the finals of U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials triple jump Sunday night and finished fifth overall with a jump of 55 feet, 1 ½ inches. Lori Riley, Hartford Courant, 1 July 2024 Blind to her competitors for the entire race, Brittany Brown stormed into her first Olympics and stole a spot widely assumed to be Richardson’s with the race of her life at 29, a 21.90-second personal best that gave her the silver medal and a ticket to Paris. Adam Kilgore, Washington Post, 30 June 2024 Hall had set a personal best at the races in Budapest last year (44.37 seconds) but took bronze in the 400 meters. Maddie Hartley, Kansas City Star, 27 June 2024 On Sunday, the young athlete secured a personal best time of 44.59 seconds and surpassed his own under-18 world 400-meter record in the semifinal to advance to the final. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 24 June 2024 The Magic center’s 63.6% effective field goal percentage — a formula that adjusts for 3-pointers being worth more than made 2s — also represented a personal best for him while adding 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 assists during 17.7 minutes. Jason Beede, Orlando Sentinel, 20 June 2024 Rose, more than 30 years older than some of the swimmers attempting to make the team for Paris, set a personal best of 1:08.43 in the women’s 100-meter breaststroke to reach the semifinals. George Ramsay, CNN, 17 June 2024 Saucony Men's Endorphin Pro 3 Sneaker Runners looking to clock their personal best will be propelled on the route wearing these Saucony Men's Endorphin Pro 3 Sneakers. Nora Colomer, Fox News, 15 June 2024 Noonan’s winning time of 4 minutes, 4.02 seconds in the Division 2 1,600 at the CIF Southern Section finals was the second-best time in California this season and his personal best and the fifth-best in Orange County history. Steve Fryer, Orange County Register, 7 June 2024

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“Personal best.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/personal%20best. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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