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Another English clean sweep in the pool

03August2002

Just when England thought it couldn't get better in the pool, Sarah Price leads home a home nation trio as she grabs 200m backstroke gold.

Sarah Price

Price wipes away the tears as she takes 200m backstroke gold

Just as the crowd began to recover from England's snatch of the 50m breaststroke medals, the extraordinary happened again.

Sarah Price led home another English trio as she took gold in a time of 2:10.58, another Games record.

Earlier this week an Australian newspaper commented: "Our swimmers only have to put their toes in the water and the medals come home."

Price completed the first 50m in sub-world record time and led the race from the first to last.

Jo Fargus chased Price home on the last length to take silver with a time of 2:11.60, despite having an indifferent first 150 metres.

The final member of the trio, Katy Sexton, took bronze in a time of 2:12.60. At one stage Sexton looked out of the medals but she produced a flying last lap to make up the ground and complete another English victory in the pool.

New champion Price, after winning her second backstroke title of the Games, said: Im over the moon. I was so nervous, because these girls are so tough. Its great weve got the 1-2-3.

Fargus said: Im a little bit disappointed with the time, because it was off my best. But the main thing is that we got all the medals.

Bronze medallist Sexton commented: Its brilliant. Im just so pleased to be here. To come out with a medal after having had it so tough at the beginning of the season is really tremendous."

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