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Aussies scoop another gold in the pool

30 July 2002

The men's 4x100m freestyle event took place this evening at the Manchester Aquatics Centre with the Aussies shocking nobody by taking another gold.

Grant Hackett

Hackett - a vital link in the Aussie squad

Mention the words Australia and swimming together and English swimming fans quiver in their swimsuits. The 4x100m men's swimming team tonight proved that there is every need for such a reaction.

Unsurprisingly the Australian squad completed the race in first place and walked away with yet another gold medal. A team consisting of Ian Thorpe and Grant Hackett is stiff competition to beat anytime. They were joined by Ashley Callus and Todd Pearson and together they tore the waters apart in a time of 3:16.42 to set a new Commonwealth record.

Thorpe commented: "I went out there and gave it my best shot. I'm going to do that with every race."

Hackett added: "That was the first time for me in that relay. I'm sure I can bring that time down quite a lot further."

The South African team finished in second place. They took the silver medal with their time of 3:18.86.

South African Ryk Nethling said: "We are very pleased. We wanted to get a medal and prove that South Africa are up there with the top sprinters in the world."

"It's a good base for Athens in two years' time. We're still a young team so we're getting there."

Team-mate Lyndon Ferns added: "We had a huge anchor swim from Ryk. He did 48sec - something, and it's a new distance for him. I had confidence in Ryk, but he really pulled some stops out."

The Canadian team finished in third place in a time of 3:19:39. On winning the bronze medal, Rick Say commented: "We're happy with bronze, but silver would have been nice. It's a great opportunity to get your best times when you're out there with someone like Australia."

England's Adam Ruckwood spoke of ending in fourth place: "We knew the Canadians would go out really fast. We were chasing them all the way, we knew it would be really close, but we just couldn't hold on at the end."

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