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Henry glides through water for gold

01 August 2002

Jodie Henry adds 100m freestyle to the Australian medal haul in the pool.

Jodie Henry

Henry adds Commonwealth 100m freestyle to Australian medal sack

The women's 100m freestyle final was a closely contested affair played out in front of a packed house at the Manchester Aquatics Centre.

The eventual winner was Australia's Jodie Henry. She completed the race in a time of 55.45 seconds to claim gold. Henry came through the pack on the second and final lap to take first place. She commented:

"This is my first major competition, so I'm not one of these swimmers that has to prove anything. I don't think I swam the race I wanted to. The time was quite slow. All the other girls usually go quicker on the first lap, and I thought, 'hang on: what's happening here?'"

"I was worried about slipping off the blocks. They were so slippery here and, if you slip, you're gone."

Henry was too excited to express her feelings: "I'll have to get back to you on that one. I was so shocked with that. I wasn't expecting it at all."

The first 50m of the race saw the lead contested between Scotland's Alison Sheppard, England's Melanie Marshall and Australian Sarah Ryan. The three lost their prime positions though as the medal winners stepped up a gear and eased through.

South Africa's Helene Muller finished second for silver in 55.60 seconds.

The bronze medal was awarded to England's Karen Legg after she managed third in 55.86 seconds.

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