Men's 200m butterfly qualifiers for final
30 July 2002
Justin Norris of Australia began his pursuit of five medals by setting the fastest time for the 200m butterfly final.
Justin Norris (pictured) and James Hickman are set for the final
A delighted Norris said: “Very happy with that. It’s always good to get a heats swim out of the way, and I won’t hold back anything tonight.”
But home favourite James Hickman (1:59.16) was not far away with his team-mate and heat winner Steve Parry (1:59.74) also featuring strongly.
Defending champion Hickman said: “It was a bit of a race at the end. But I didn’t want to get into that in the heats this morning.”
“Standing up in front of half a billion people as well as the crowd, it was fantastic. It lifted me up – it’s looking good for tonight,” he added.
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Justin Norris (AUS) 1:58.19
James Hickman (ENG) 1:59.16
Steve Parry (ENG) 1:59.74
Jeremy Knowles (BAH) 2:00.31
Heath Ramsay (AUS) 2:00.71
Moss Burmeister (NZL) 2:00.75
Adam Sioui (CAN) 2:01.24
Grant McGregor (AUS) 2:01.55