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Price is right as records come on down


Sarah Price shattered the Commonwealth record in her 100m breaststroke heat as Englandís women continue their run of form.

Sarah Price

Sarah Price goes into her final with a Games record under her belt

Price improved her own record, set in the same Manchester pool last year, by 0.16 as she clocked 1:01.16 to head the list of qualifiers for the eveningís semi-finals.

Giaan Rooney of Australia, the defending champion, qualified ninth fastest.

Australia dominated the 50m butterfly heats with world record-holder Geoff Huegill establishing an inaugural Games record for this new Commonwealth Games event of 24.10.

Adam Pine and Brett Hawke also qualified in the top four for the eveningís semi-finals.

Former world record-holder Mark Foster, of England, notorious for his dislike of morning heats, made it through his preliminary in fourth place in 25.09, just good enough to make it into the 16 semi-finalists for the evening.

Canadian, Morgan Knabe, set the pace in the menís 100m breaststroke heats with 1:10.79. Adam Whitehead, who competed in the same heat as Knabe, qualified a surprise second fastest on 1:02.03.

Natalie Du Toit of South Africa headed the qualifiers for the womenís 50m freestyle multi-disability 50m. The Commonwealth Games is the first time a competition for Elite Athletes with a Disability (EAD) has been fully integrated into a major Games.

Du Toit who is also entered for the womenís 800m freestyle, was followed home by Stephanie Dixon and Danielle Campo of Canada.

Though the biggest cheer of the race was reserved for Jacqueline Khadun of Mauritius, a 59-year-old who suffered from polio as a child, who finished last and failed to qualify.

Karen Legg, English silver medallist in the womenís 200m freestyle final on 30 July, finished ahead of gold medallist Karen Pickering in the heats for the womenís 100m freestyle. Legg was the third fastest qualifier on 56.22 behind Jodie Henry of Australia who led the way with 56.79 and Scot Alison Sheppard on 56.04.

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