Norris snatches 200m medley gold
03 August 2002
Justin Norris of Australia sprang back in the men's 200m individual medley in the final length to take the gold.
Justin Norris celebrates another gold
Olympic medallist Norris finished ahead to claim his third gold of the Games with an outstanding performance of 2:01.32.
With his third gold win still sinking in, Norris said: “Winning the first two gold medals made me want to top it off. So I am really satisfied with myself. I’ve learned a lot this week – more than anything, how to manage myself.
“The last one is the breaststroke tomorrow [200m]. I’m not expecting to do too well in that one, although it’s only the Pommies who are doing well in that, so there might be a chance.”
England’s Adrian Turner took the silver to add to the bronze he won in the 400m individual medley. Turner who made a remarkable recovery from a life threatening virus in the winter of 99-00, also sprang back in the last length, swimming a fast time of 2:02.10.
Celebrating his silver Turner said on coming back from being 7th at halfway: “I knew I had to keep it cool – if I had gone out too hard I would have died. Gold would have been nice, but I just couldn’t catch him. There’s no shame getting beaten by a guy who’s won three gold medals.”
Turner's team mate James Goddard who had led the field going into the freestyle length, took the bronze cruising in close behind with a time of 2:02.48.
Goddard said: “I was so pleased to get the bronze. I can’t believe it. The medley isn’t my strongest event. I’ve got a good start, and I had to take the lead from that. Two out of two medals will do for me.”
Info News Service/sd
1: Justin Norris of Australia - 2:01.32
2: Adrian Turner of England - 2:02.10
3: James Goddard of England - 2:02.48