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Swimmers smash Games backstroke record twice

30 July 2002

The quality of the men's 50m backstroke competition was never in doubt as the Games record was shattered twice within two heats.

Matt Welsh

Welsh smiles as he claims a new Commonwealth record

The first heat of the semi-finals saw Canadian Riley Janes come home comfortably. He splashed his way to first place in a time of 25.96 seconds to claim the Commonwealth record.

South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg came second in 26.05 seconds. Martin Harris of England completed the top three in a time of 26.49 seconds.

The second heat was won by Matt Welsh in 25.86 seconds. The Australian star stole the Commonwealth record that Janes had gained in the previous heat.

Malaysian Alex Lim swam to a finish in 26.20 seconds. Australian Ethan Rolff came third in 26.23 seconds.

The 50m backstroke final takes place tomorrow night at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

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