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Welsh fights back for gold

03†August†2002

Matt Welsh of Australia took the gold and set a new Games record in the men's 100m backstroke ahead of teammate Ian Thorpe.

Matt Welsh

Games record holder Matt Welsh

Welsh, the world champion at 100m, who was contreversially disqualified in the 200m, swam a time of 54.72. He set off to a fast start which Thorpe struggled to keep up after the first 50m.

Thorpe took the second with an impressive time of 55.38, and was closely followed by Alex Lim of Malaysia who looked at one point like he could win, with a time of 55.44, a national record.

Pleased with his result, Thorpe said: ďThatís my best time. Thatís a good result for me. Iím more than happy to come second. If I hit the wall and Iíve done my best, I can be happy with the result. Iíve never focused on just getting seven golds, I just concentrated on seven races.

ďIíll be able to walk away happy. Thereís no disappointment. Iím very happy with the way Iíve swum. I congratulated Matt. Heís world champion, heís an excellent backstroker and a great swimmer.

ďI will probably carry on with this stroke, or I might pick something up, or I might drop something.Ē

Lim said on taking bronze: ďIt was alright, but I wasnít happy with my time. I can go faster. I felt weird before I raced. Itís not like Iím tired or feeling the pressure, but I just donít feel well. It is a national record, though.Ē

Result

1: Matt Welsh of Australia - 54.72
2: Ian Thorpe of Australia - 55.38
3: Alex Lim of Malaysia - 55.44

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