personal best


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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Faced with these record economic headwinds, that could be a personal best. Jenn Mcmillen, Forbes, 6 Feb. 2023 Wolf won the shot with a personal best of 37-10 and won the discus (123-0). Ben Thomas |, al, 24 Mar. 2023 The former Chugiak prep standout and UAA transfer produced a blistering lifetime personal best time of 2 minutes, 6.84 seconds, which was two-tenths of a second ahead of Colorado State University at Pueblo’s Helen Braybook, who had the fastest time in the preliminaries. Josh Reed, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Mar. 2023 Though no competitors joined him Sunday in a one-athlete field, Brighton sophomore para athlete Delmace Mayo set a new indoor personal best in the 1-mile (4:30.90), propelling his wheelchair with just his arms. Matty Wasserman,, 12 Mar. 2023 Ody Oguama is now at 12 rebounds, one away from his personal best. Scott Springer, The Enquirer, 10 Mar. 2023 Last weekend, Johnson won the B Final at the Speedo Sectionals in Carlsbad, clocking a personal best 48.66. Steve Brand, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Mar. 2023 Lillard's scoring outburst set a Portland franchise record and a personal best and also tied Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell for most points scored in a single game this season in the NBA. Lorenzo Reyes, USA TODAY, 27 Feb. 2023 Beginning in her late 20s, she was focused on the marathon, qualifying for the U.S. Olympic Trials three times (2008, 2012, 2016) and running a personal best of 2:37:14 while finishing 26th in 2012. Brian Metzler, Outside Online, 16 Feb. 2023 See More

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“Personal best.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2023.

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