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Calub takes gold back to Australia

03 August 2002

Dyana Calub spearheaded an Australian comeback as she won the 50m backstroke final tonight at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

Dyana Calub

Dyana proves she's arms and shoulders above the rest

Dyana Calub wowed spectators at the Aquatics Centre tonight as she was the surprise winner of the gold medal.

Not only did the Australian swimmer win first place, she also smashed the Games record in the 50m backstroke event. Calub completed the race in a time of 28.98 seconds.

The silver medal was awarded to Canada's Jennifer Carroll after she placed second in 29.05 seconds.

England's Sarah Price won the bronze after completing the top three in 29.08 seconds.

Afterwards Calub said: “I got there, because in 50s, you can’t make a mistake. If you make a mistake, it’s all over. I watched Price in the 200, and thought she’s got to be hurting after that performance.”

Price concurred, saying: “I was on a high after the 200 – that’s what got me through that length, to be honest."

“Bronze in the 50 is great. I went in there fifth and came out third, with a British record, too, so I’m very happy with that.”

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